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Trojan boys second at state AA track and field meet

Abagotte Opiew won a state championship in the triple jump and the Worthington Trojans boys track and field team soared to a second-place finish at the Minnesota Class AA state meet Friday and Saturday. Worthington finished with 38 total points, just one behind Waseca’s 39.

Abagotte Opiew jumped 44 feet, 4.75 inches to win the triple jump on Friday. Also placing in individual events for WHS was Marenono Opiew, who took fourth place in both the 300 meter hurdles and 110 meter hurdles. Marenono clocked a school record time of 39.06 seconds in the 300 hurdles and a PR time of 15.05 seconds. Abagotte also placed sixth in the long jump with an effort of 20 feet, 11.75 inches.

Both Trojan relay teams competing at the state meet also placed. The 4x800 quartet of Ofbeka Morke, Fanuel Wolday, Filmon Wolday and Mikele Walu took fourth, and the 4x400 team of Walu, Jacari Swinea, and both Opiews earned sixth place.


At the boys state Class A track and field meet that concluded Friday, Luverne topped regional teams by placing in a tie for 15th. The Cardinals’ 4x800 meter relay team placed fourth on Friday and their 4x400 relay squad took eighth. Lucky Dara was ninth in the 400 meters.

Among other indivduals, Pipestone Area’s Aiden Voss was fourth in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. JCC’s Caleb Vancura was eighth and ninth in the discus and shot put, respectively. The Mountain Lake Area-Comfey 4x400 relay team captured a state title.

In girls action, Luverne placed fourth as a team with 45 points. On Friday, Jocelyn Hart placed second in the discus while Jaydn Hart was fourth. The Cardinals 4x400 meter relay team finished seventh and Elizabeth Wagner was eighth in the 300 hurdles.

Murray County Central wound up eighth in the team standings. Amanda Overgaauw was third and Ashley Overgaauw fourth in the 1600 on Friday, and Ashley placed fourth in the 800 meters.

Hills-Beaver Creek’s Brynn Bakken was third in the 100 meters, sixth in the 200 and ninth in the triple jump.


Fifth-seeded Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian earned its third Minnesota Class A softball crown since 2016, gathering 18 hits in a 10-5 championship game win over Badger/Greenbush-Middle River. The Flying Dutchmen scored four runs in the top of first, three more in the fifth and three after that in the seventh. Junior second baseman Ana Veldkamp was 5 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBIs, and senior Paris Van Dyke chipped in with three hits.


Tito Morales scored on a second-half penalty kick to give Los Toros a 1-0 UPSL Premier Division victory on the road against the Minneapolis FC. The win was the second straight for Los Toros, who will host Granite City next Sunday in their regular-season finale.

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