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Prep track: Luverne girls, Worthington boys look sharp


LUVERNE — Winning 12 of the 18 events Tuesday, the Luverne girls racked up 260 points — more than twice as many as second-place Worthington and dominated their own Cardinal Relays in the area’s first outdoor high school track and field meet of the season.

Worthington’s boys edged Luverne, 182-175, to claim top honors in the boys’ standings of the nine-team meet.

Leading the Trojans was sophomore Gbrown Ochothow who won both the 110-meter high hurdles (16.25 seconds) and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (42.29).

Cody Rofshus of Luverne was the only other double winner in the boys’ meet, capturing top honors in both the shot put (51 feet, five inches) and the discus throw (138-8).

Windom was third in the boys’ standings with 92.5 points, followed by Pipestone Area (76.5), Southwest Christian (48), Hills-Beaver Creek (44), Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central (44), Adrian (29) and Ellsworth (4).

Worthington’s girls showed fine depth and finished a solid second with 118 points. PA, paced by wins from Tia Muller (100-meter high hurdles, 17.55) and Shantelle Des Marais (high jump, 4-10), was third with 100 points. Southwest Christian (64), Adrian (43), H-BC (43), Windom (32.5) and W-WG/RRC (31.5) completed the girls’ field.

Luverne’s girls won all four relay races and also had dual individual first-places finishes from sprinter Tayla Peterson, who was clocked at 13.44 in the 100 and ran a time of 27.22 in the 200.

Makayla Hohn won the 3200 (11:59.56) and Jaidyn Elbers finished first in the 300-meter low hurdles (50.31), giving LHS a total of eight victories on the track.

The Cardinals were outstanding in the field events also, winning four of the six. Kynzie Smedsrud (triple jump, 30-0), Kami Sawtelle (discus, 107-10), Morgan Edwards (shot put, 34-6) and Kayla Thone (long jump, 13-11) were field event winners for Luverne. Edwards placed second in the discus (97-2) and Tianna Doppenberg (13-10) and Sawtelle (13-7) finished second and fourth, respectively, in the long jump as the Cardinals took three of the top four places in that event.

Adrian senior Nicole Slater, one of the premier distance runners in Minnesota, started her season off strong, winning both the 800-meter run (2:25.18) and the 1600 (5:23.80).

Windom’s Amy Muller won the pole vault (8-6) and W-WG/RRC’s Melanie Kedl finished first in the 400-meter dash (1:04.56).

The team of Sierra Schmuck, Naomi Dooyema, Thone and Doppenberg won the 4x100-meter relay (54.17) and the quartet of Schmuck, Dooyema, Smedsrud and Peterson blazed a very good early season time of 1:50.10 to take honors in the 4x200.

Completing the Cardinals’ dominance were victories by both the 4x400 (Madi Schandelmeier, Anna Tofteland, Mariah Aukes, Shelbie Nath) and 4x800 (Schandelmeier, Hohn, Tofteland, Aukes) relay teams with respective times of 4:28.75 and 10:19.60

Worthington’s 4x800 team (Meredith Moore, Alicia Darling, Olivia Ebbers and Kacey Contreras) placed second with a time of 10:38.88. The Trojans were also second in the 4x200 (1:54.10) with the quartet of Allison Kremer, Katelyn Walters, Anna Kill and Emma Thuringer exchanging the baton.

Maer Abella (shot put, 31-7) and Achan Alwal (high jump, 4-6) placed second individually for Worthington, while Walters (long jump, 13-8), Quinn Bents (pole vault, 7-0), Brianna Kempema (triple jump, 28-10) and Darling (800, 2:35.56) earned thirds.

WHS was third in the 4x400 relay (4:37.46) with the team of Thuringer, Moore, Darling and Kempema.

Trojan boys win 4x100,

Fissiha, Jirele finish 1-2,

Dudley, Guerra both win

In addition to Ochothow’s two first-place performances, Worthington won four other boys’ events, including the 4x100-meter relay with sprinters Jessie Guerra, Troy Ektnitphong, Erik Landgaard and Will Dudley blazing a time of 46.32.

Dudley easily won the pole vault, clearing 13-6 and Guerra leaped 20-4 to win the long jump.

Amanuel Fissiha (10:46.24) and Matthew Jirele (10:47.85) impressively finished 1-2 in the 3200 to give the Trojans 18 points in that event.

Other first-place finishers in the boys’ meet included Luverne’s Jackson Winter (100, 11.74), Dirk Thone (200, 23.65) and Drew Weis (800, 2:08.90), along with PA’s Eli Stevens (400, 52.05), Southwest Christian’s Dillon Mulske (1600, 5:02.59), Windom’s Victor Ogeka (triple jump, 40-11) and Adrian’s Taylor Recker (high jump, 5-8).

Luverne won the 4x200 (1:33.84) with Winter, Omar Martinez, Trenton Rops and Thone running for the Cardinals. LHS also took first in both the 4x400 (Weis, Payton Stemper, Cody Hess, Thone) and the 4x800 (Weis, Stemper, Hess, Ethan Marshall) with respective times of 3:41.30 and 8:41.01.

Worthington placed second in all three of those relays with times of 1:34.22, 3:43.80 and 9:13.30, respectively. The team of Guerra, Ektnitphong, Landgaard and Dudley ran the 4x200, while the quartet of Ochothow, Oliver Wolyniec, Anthony Hartman and Tony Lopez completed the mile relay. Wolyniec, Hartman, Luis Dieguez and Fissiha ran the 4x800 for the Trojans.

Individually, Wolyniec (800, 2:16.82), Joey Mills (pole vault, 10-0) and Dudley (long jump, 18-3) earned third-place points for Worthington.