The Worthington Trojans boys track and field team came out on top Thursday in the 12-team Worthington Invitational meet. The Trojans accumulated 151 points, with Luverne second at 119 and Pipestone Area third at 72.
Four WHS athletes earned individual first-place finishes, including: Jacari Swinea in the 100 meters; Ofbeka Morke in the 800; Adan Hinojosa in the discus and Abagotte Opiew in the triple jump. Also victorious were the 4x200 relay team of Abagotte Opiew, Mak Lia, Welbaka Morke and Swinea; the 4 x400 relay quartet of Abagotte Opiew, Marenono Opiew, Ofebeka Morke and Mikele Walu; and the 4x800 relay team of Ofbeka Morke, Fanuel Wolday, Filmon Wolday and Walu.
Picking up second places for the Trojans were Fanuel Wolday in the 3200 and Charlie Brands in the high jump, while Swinea was third in the long jump. Peda Zeba of Adrian-Ellsworth was second in three events – the 100, long jump and triple jump. Caleb Appel of Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda was second in the 800 and Aiden Lorenzen of the Coyotes was third in pole vault. The Adrian/Ellsworth 4x100 relay team earned a second-place finish.
In girls competition, Luverne finished first with 181 points. Worthington was seventh with 44.
Top finishers for the Trojans were Cassidy Madison, who won the pole vault, and Madi Singler, who was second in the long jump. Also placing in the top three were Rebecca Cheadle of Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda, second in the high jump, and the Coyotes’ Laiken Farris, third in the 1600.
The New Ulm Eagles scored six runs in the first inning and kept rolling from there Thursday in posting a 17-0 four-inning softball win over visiting Worthington.
New Ulm also scored five runs each in the third and fourth innings while collecting a total of 15 hits in the game. For the Trojans offensively, Bailey Ponto had a double and single and Hannah McNab a single. Worthington is now 1-7 this spring.
Sibley-Ocheyedan has a new school record holder in the boys’ 1600 meters.
Ben Byers ran the 1600 in 4:35.47 on Monday. That eclipsed the old school record of 4:36.66 set 36 years ago by Mark Peters.