The Worthington High School boys track and field team captured the Section 2AA championship Friday in Waconia. The Trojans had 99 points to finish ahead of second-place Mankato East, which has 86.
WHS boys who qualified for state individually included: Abagotte Opiew, who took first place in the 110 hurdles and triple jump at sectionals and was also second in the long jump; Marenono Opiew, first place in the 300 hurdles and Filmon Wolday, second in the 1600 meters. Also qualifying were the 4x800 relay team of Ofbeka Morke, Mason Bobb, Mikele Walu, and Filmon Wolday, which placed second, and the 4x400 relay quartet of Walu, Jacari Swinea, Marenono Opiew, and Abagotte Opiew, which also placed second. There were 11 other top-seven placings in the meet for the Trojan boys.
The Worthington girls, meanwhile, had Bailey Newman and Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor qualify for state, as they both placed second in the 100 meters and 200 meters, respectively. The 4x100 relay team of New Gora, Newman, Pham Gora and Scheitel-Taylor finished first and set a new school record of 50.80 seconds. The 4X200 relay team, made up of the same foursome, finished second and also qualified.
Worthington co-head coaches Cory Smidt and Jessica Hogan were named Boys Section 2AA Coaches of the Year. Next will be the state meet, set for June 9-11 at St. Michael-Albertville.
In Section 2AAA baseball on Saturday, the Trojans fell behind 8-0, bounced back somewhat but ultimately couldn’t recover in dropping an 8-3 decision to Jordan in a loser-out contest in New Ulm.
The fifth-seeded Hubmen scored six runs in the second in an inning that included five Jordan hits, a pair of walks, a hit batsman and two Trojan errors. Jordan got single runs in the third and fourth off Worthington starter Jake Brandner to grow its lead.
The No. 8-seed Trojans got three in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double from Blake Ahrenstroff and a two-run triple from Brandner, but would draw no closer despite three scoreless innings of relief from Tristan Sauerbrei. Brandner, Coy Turner, Mason Schutz and Ahrenstroff had two hits for Worthington, which saw its season end with a 5-17 record.
The Murray County Central girls golf team advanced to the state tournament by winning the Section 3A tournament Friday at GreatLIFEWorthington.
Individual qualifiers for state include Tess Van Maanen of Hills-Beaver Creek, Brielle Vis of Southwest Christian/Edgerton and Ellyson Bang of Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda/Westbrook-Walnut Grove. MCC’s Ciera Tutt was second individually.
In boys action, individual qualifiers for state included Brock Henning of Adrian-Ellsworth and Sawyer Drent of Heron Lake-Okabena-Fuida/Westbrook-Walnut Grove.