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Trojan 4x200 meter relay team advances to today's finals

ST. PAUL -- Running a school-record time of 1:31.50 Friday afternoon, the Worthington Trojans boys' 4x200 meter relay team won its heat and qualified for today's finals at the Minnesota State High School League track and field meet at Hamline University.

The Trojan team of Tom Mammen, John Mead, Aduo Omot and Travis Pedersen defeated Glencoe-Silver Lake's by .04 seconds to win the heat with the second fastest qualifying time. Lanesboro/Fillmore Central's time of 1:31.33 in the other heat was the top qualifying time.

The 4x200 finals will be held at 4:10 p.m.

The same four Trojans (Mammen, Mead, Pedersen and Omot) also teamed up to run in the 4x400 meter relay, turning in a time of 3:30.73. That time was good enough to qualify (fourth) for today's finals, but the Trojans were disqualified for running out of their lane line.

"Our guys competed hard and really ran well today," Worthington co-head coach Mike Traphagen said Friday night. "It was a disappointing finish in the 4x400, but we have a good shot to win the 4x200."

Meanwhile, Omot ran a season-best time of 1:59.18 in the 800 meter run to qualify for today's finals at 5:53 p.m. His time was the fifth-best in his heat and the eighth-best overall.

Seventh-grader Ethan Spittle competed in the 3,200 meter run and finished 16th with a time of 10:40.18.

Kaitlin Gerber and Jenny Mammen also competed for the Trojans Friday, and Sarah Cham will participate in the triple jump today at 3 p.m.

Gerber's time of 12:12.83 in the 3,200 meter run was good enough for 13th, while Mammen ran a personal-best time of 13.08 but didn't qualify for today's finals.

"It was a little windy today, but Aduo, Ethan, Kaitlin and Jenny all ran well in their individual events," Traphagen said. "It was a good day for our athletes, and they can be proud of their accomplishments today and for the entire season."

Windom's Christy Nepp was among the other area athletes to compete Friday, and she came home with a gold medal by winning the girls' discus with a toss of 146-4.

Fulda's Amy Paulzine also threw the discus, twirling the platter 122-4. That was the 11th-best distance in the event.

Nepp's teammate Lindsay Elston was also in action Friday, as her height of 4-10 in the high jump tied her for 14th with Blake's Theresa Ford.

Luverne's Katlyn Sawtelle and Pipestone Area's Bree Woelber both qualified for the finals of the 300 meter hurdles. Sawtelle (45.56) and Woelber (46.77) turned in the fourth and sixth fastest qualifying times, respectively.

Woelber also qualified for the finals of the 100 meter hurdles (15.25, second fastest) and placed ninth in the long jump with a leap of 16-3.

Luverne's Lexi Jo Heitkamp advanced to today's 800 meter run finals, as her time of 2:20.80 topped her heat and is the second-best qualifying time.

Murray County Central's Colleen Everson advanced in a pair of events, as she will be in the finals of both the 200 (26.01) and 400 (57.27) meter dashes.

On the boys' side, Southwest Christian's Nicholas Pfeifle (three events) and Jordan Spronk (two events) were both busy.

Spronk qualified for the finals of the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.01, while Pfeifle just missed advancing with a time of 11.09.

Pfeifle later came back and turned in the best qualifying time (49.70) to advance to the finals in the 400 meter dash and also advanced in the 200 with a time of 22.30. Spronk just missed qualifying in the 200 with a time of 22.66.

Eagle teammate Tyler Mouw tossed the shot put 43-11½ to finish 13th.

Jackson County Central's Cole VonOhlen and MCC's Patrick Peterson both cleared 12-6 in the pole vault, just missing placing among the top nine.

JCC's Jason Cook made the finals of the 300 meter hurdles, as he ran a time of 42.04 to make it in with the ninth-fastest time.

MCC's Tyler Wasberg also competed. His time of 16.15 in the 110 meter hurdles wasn't fast enough to make the finals.