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Sports Briefs: SMSU lands three area athletes

MARSHALL -- The Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs have added 24 student athletes to their men's and women's cross country/track programs, including three area athletes.

Worthington grad OJ Ojullu, who spent the last two seasons at North Iowa Area Community College, will be joining the SMSU cross country and track teams this fall, along with Luverne grad Alex Weis and Edgerton's Austin LaFollette.

Ojullu ran on the 4x400 relay for NIACC last season, which was the first team from NIACC to compete at the Drake Relays. Ojullu, who graduated from Worthington High School in 2011, was a two-time team MVP in high school as well as a two-time all-state runner for the Trojans.

Weis will join the track and field team at SMSU. He was a three-time letter winner in football and basketball at Luverne, while also being named to the all-conference and all-area teams. Weis was also named conference defensive lineman of the year for the Southwest Conference.

LaFollette, who graduated in 2013 from Edgerton, will run track at SMSU. In high school, LaFollette set school records in the 300 meter hurdles and 110 meter hurdles, while also being conference and section champion in the 110 meter hurdles as well as being the 300 meter hurdles conference champion in 2012.

16U team splits a doubleheader

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington 16U softball team split a doubleheader against Essig Tuesday, losing 5-2 in the first game and winning the second game 7-5.

In the first game, Ida Rogers-Ferguson took the loss, while Sam Obermoller hit a home run to lead Worthington on offense.

In the second game, Erin Bentz picked up the win. Olivia Peterson and Andrea Hinkeldey each picked up two hits in the second game, with Rogers-Ferguson hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning to lead Worthington on offense.

The Worthington 16U softball team travels to Essig for a doubleheader Thursday.