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Marshall boys, girls both first at Big South track meet

It was Marshall taking first place in both the boys and girls competition Thursday at the Big South Large School Conference Track & Field Meet in Fairmont.


In boys action, the Tigers totaled 151 points to just nip St. Peter, which had 149. Worthington, meanwhile, placed fourth with 106 points.


Junior Fanuel Wolday had a solid day for Worthington, as he finished in first place in the 3200 meters with a time of 10:14.45 and also took second place in the 1600 meters. Two other Trojans had first-place finishes Thursday. Senior Mak Lia captured the triple jump with an effort of 40 feet, 6.75 inches, and freshman Caleb Meyer wound up in the spot in the high jump with a personal-record jump of 6 feet, 5 inches.


Sophomore Tethlouch Gach of WHS turned in a pair of personal-best efforts as he took second in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 300-meter hurdles. Austin Kinser was second for the Trojans in the 400 meters, and Permeye Okon was second in the triple jump.


In girls competition, Marshall led the way among teams with 186 points. St. Peter was again second; it had 148. Worthington, for its part, finished sixth.


Top performers for the Trojan girls Thursday included junior Grace Bates, who placed fifth with a personal-record time in the 200 meters and was also fourth in the long jump and fifth in the high jump. Junior Kenadie Thiner was fifth in the pole vault with a PR. Sophomore Madison Sieve was seventh in the 800 meters and 10th in the 1600 while finishing with personal-best times in each. Junior Lauryn Ahlers had a PR in taking eighth in the pole vault.




In first-round action Thursday in the Section 3A softball tournament, host Russell-Tyler-Ruthton defeated Adrian-Ellsworth by a score of 10-0. In other games in the tourney, it was Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian over Lakeview 14-1, BOLD edging Murray County Central 5-4 and Wabasso topping Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 7-5. Later in the day, Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian shut out BOLD 10-0, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton edged Wabasso 2-1, and New Ulm Cathedral knocked off Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 12-4.


Play in the tournament continues Saturday at the Marshall Softball Complex.




In Section 3AA softball, third-seeded Jackson County Central defeated No. 6 Redwood Valley 10-4 and No. 4 Pipestone Area beat fifth-seeded Minneota/Canby 8-3. The Huskies then went on to blank second-seeded Windom 2-0, and top-seeded Luverne edged the Arrows 7-5.


This tournament also continues Saturday in Marshall.




In Section 2AAA tourney softball Thursday, St. Peter rolled past Albert Lea 11-1, but then lost to Marshall 4-0 as the Tigers advance to the next round. Play will be Saturday at Caswell Park in North Mankato.




In the opening day of the Section 2A baseball tournament, it was fifth-seeded Mankato Loyola squeaking past No. 12 Heron Lake-Okabena 3-1. Fourth-seeded New Ulm Cathedral rolled past No. 13 Martin County West 17-0, and No. 10 Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey was edged by No. 7 Truman/Martin Luther/Granada Huntley East Chain 4-3. Play in this tournament resumes Tuesday.

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