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Trojan boys finish first at Pipestone track and field meet

The Worthington High School boys track and field team came out on top Tuesday at the Bob Nangle Relays in Pipestone, finishing first in a 10-team field.


The Trojans accumulated 125.5 total points in edging Luverne, which had 122.5. Southwest Minnesota Chrisitan/Edgerton was third and Hills-Beaver Creek fourth.


Individuals capturing first-place finishes for WHS were Austin Kinser, who won the 400 meters with a time of 52.87 seconds, and Tethlouch Gach, who took the 110-meter hurdles with a clocking of 16.48 seconds. The Trojans’ 4x800 meter relay team also was triumphant in a time of 8:34.16.


Other Worthington boys earning top three finishes included: Welbaka Morke, second in the 100; Fanuel Wolday, second in the 800; Caleb Meyer, second in the high jump; Isaiah Bates, third in the 400; Hudson Scheepstra, third in the 300 hurdles; and Thet Tay, third in the high jump. The 4x200 relay team placed second, and the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams were each third.

Among the girls, Luverne won the team competition with 171 points, followed by Southwest Minnesota Christian-Edgerton and Pipestone Area. Worthington was sixth with 59 points.


For the Trojans, Madison Sieve had the lone individual victory, as she won the 3,200 meters with a time of 14:22.15. Kenadie Thiner was second in the pole vault and Madi Singler was third in the discus; the 4x100 meter relay team also took third.



Jackson County Central senior Nolan Ambrose is the 2024 Minnesota winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award. 

The annual National Wrestling Hall of Fame award recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior male wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service.

Winners of the honor are evaluated and selected on the basis of three criteria: success and standout performances and sportsmanship in wrestling; review of grade point average and class rank, academic honors and distinctions; and participation in activities that demonstrate commitment to character and community.

Ambrose became the first four-time state champion wrestler in the history of Jackson County this year. He also earned academic all-state honors during his high school career and will wrestle at Augustana University next year.


The NFL Network has reported that the Seattle Seahawks are signing Boyden Hull Rock Valley graduate and South Dakota State OT Garret Greenfield as an undrafted free agent.

Greenfield, 24, began at right tackle at SDSU before switching to left tackle for his final three seasons. Greenfield was a first-team All-American in 2020, 2022 and 2023. Overall, he started 55 of 65 games over a six-year college career that included the COVID-19 pandemic. The former Nighthawk had 31 starts at left tackle and 24 at right tackle and was part of an offensive line that propelled the Jackrabbits to back-to-back national championships.

After winning a second national title, Greenfield was invited to the East West Shrine Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. At this year’s combine in Indianapolis, the 6-5, 311-pound Greenfield set the all-time record for linemen in the vertical jump at 38.5.



Hills-Beaver Creek’s Brynn Bakken starred Saturday at the Hamline University Elite Meet in St. Paul. Bakken, who’s only a freshman, won the girls 100 meters with a time of 11.90 seconds, breaking the Elite Meet Record and her own Hills-Beaver Creek record.


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