Trojan boys track and field team opens strong with win
The Worthington High School boys track and field team won its first meet of the season Thursday as they came out on top in a six-team competition in Windom.
The Trojans were credited with 218 points in the meet, well ahead of second-place Redwood Valley’s 106. Windom Area was third at 82 points.
Abagotte Opiew and Jacari Swinea finished one-two in the 200 meters for WHS. In the 1600 meters Mikele Walu, Fanuel Wolday and Filmon Wolday finished first, second and third, respectively. In the 110-meter hurdles, Marenono Opiew, Abagotte Opiew and Tetlouch Gach took the top three spots.
Marenono Opiew also captured the 300 hurdles for the Trojans, who also won the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Worthington’s Adan Hinojosa won the discus, Walu and Charles Brands finished one-two in the high jump, and Mak Lia and Welbaka Morke were one-two in the long jump. Abagotte Opiew won the triple jump.
Among other top performers in the meet were Peda Zeba of Adrian-Ellsworth, who was first in the 100 meters. A-E also took first place in the 4x100 meter relay. Aiden Lorenzen of Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda was triumphant in the pole vault.
In girls competition at the Windom meet, Worthington was fourth of six teams with 75 points. The Trojans got first-place efforts from New Gora in the triple jump as well as 4x200 relay team. Among top performances by area girls were Adrian-Ellsworth’s Olivia Bullerman, first in the 400 meters, and Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda’s Rebecca Cheadle, first in the high jump.
In high school golf Thursday, Worthington played its first meet of the season against Western Christian of Hull.
In boys action, Western Christian took care of the Trojans 170-185 at GreatLIFE Worthington. Andrew Mulder’s 42 for Worthington was good enough for third place overall. Also posting scoring rounds for the Trojans were Logan Powers with a 44, Spenser Braaksma with a 49 and Tyler Jaycox with a 50.
In girls play, Western Christian did not field a full team. For Worthington, Lilly Mahlberg had the team’s low score with a 50, followed by Tarren Spartz with 53, Ellie Weg with 54 and Regan Schafer with 58.
The Windom Area Eagles took advantage of some Worthington wildness and earned an 11-1 five inning victory over the host Trojans Thursday.
Windom got five runs in the top of the second and four more in the top of the third to break the game open. The Eagles drew seven walks in the third, with Anja Nielsen getting the only hit in the inning with a two-run single.
Nielsen picked up the pitching victory by throwing all five innings and allowing just one hit while walking one and striking out 11. The Trojans, now 1-2, got their lone hit of the game from Lauren Nelson.