Two Worthington Trojans qualified for the state Class AA cross country meet by turning in top six finishes at Tuesday’s sectional meet at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista.
The Trojans’ Mikele Walu came in third place in the boys race with a time of 16:18.4, while teammate Fanuel Wolday was right behind in fourth in 16:25.50. WHS finished a mere five points shy of a return team trip to the state meet. Mankato East came out on top in the team competition with 50 points, Belle Plaine was second at 66 points and Worthington third with 71.
Among the other runners Tuesday for the Trojans were Filmon Wolday, 12th place; Ofbeka Morke, 23rd; Asrat Bonnett, 29th; Isaac Kinser, 30th; and Austin Kinser, 31st.
In the girls competition, the Marshall Tigers came out on top with 37 points and will head to state as a team. Allyson Sample placed third individually for Marshall, while teammates Katelyn Leibfried and Taleigha Bigler were fourth and seventh, respectively. The Trojans were 12th as a team. Madison Sieve’s 63rd-place finish was best for Worthington.
The state meet will take place Saturday, Nov. 5 in Northfield.
Tri-City United broke open a close game by scoring three consecutive second-half touchdowns as the Titans knocked off the Worthington Trojans 40-13 Tuesday night in Montgomery.
A nine-yard run by Tri-City quarterback Henry Schendel got the Titans on the board first, but Abagotte Opiew answered for the Trojans with a 34-yard rushing TD just 49 seconds into the second quarter to make it a 7-7 game. A 26-yard scoring run by Caden O’Malley with 5:24 left before halftime made it 14-7, Tri-City United, and that was the score at the break.
A 10-yard Connor Flintrop touchdown run made it 21-7 Titans earlier in the third quarter, but Worthington’s Jacari Swinea took the ensuing kickoff back 75 yards for a TD. Two rushing touchdowns from Cole Franek, however, and another Flintrop TD run wrapped up the night’s scoring.
The Titans, now 4-5, will face Waseca in a sectional semifinal game on Saturday. The Trojans’ season ends with a 1-8 record.
In other high school football playoff action Tuesday night, it was:
Red Rock Central 41, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 8
Edgerton 44, Granada-Huntley-East Chain-Truman 26
Mountain Lake Area 28, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 14
Hills-Beaver Creek 47, Madelia 20
Murray County Central 34, Adrian 14
Martin County West 42, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 14
Pipestone Area 30, St. James Area 0
Jackson County Central 62, Windom Area 28
Luverne 49, New Ulm 7
Fairmont 49, Belle Plaine 6
In high school volleyball Tuesday:
Sioux Center 3, Sheldon 0