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Section 2AA track: Dudley, Ochothow looking strong

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SAINT PETER — Worthington senior Will Dudley cleared 14 feet Wednesday at the Section 2AA high school track and field meet on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, earning a repeat trip back to the state classic where he placed fourth as a junior in 2013.

Dudley, who has soared over the bar at 14-0 in several meets during the past two seasons, placed second at St. Peter among a high-caliber field of 40 competitors, advancing also on the basis of matching the qualifying standard (14-0).

“Will has been consistently making 14 feet in recent meets,” declared WHS head coach Ken Henkels. “It’s a great accomplishment for him to earn another chance to compete in the state meet.”

Worthington had several top-level performances Wednesday, including a couple of fine runs by sophomore hurdler Gbrown Ochothow, who qualified for Friday’s finals in both the 110-meter highs (15.88) and the 300-meter intermediates (40.79).

Ochothow will enter the finals with the fast qualifying preliminary time in the high hurdles and has the second best prelim time in the 300s.

“Gbrown ran really well in both races,” praised Henkels. “He won his heat in the 300s by a long ways.”

Eighth-grader Anna Kill advanced to the finals of the girls 100-meter dash, running a time of 13.24 in Wednesday’s prelims.

Friday’s finals begin at 10 a.m. with the running of the girls 4x800-meter relay and will follow the normal schedule, with the exception of the 3,200-meter run — which was held Wednesday.

Worthington junior Alicia Darling ran a fine race in the girls event, just missing a scoring place as she finished 10th among 37 finishers with a fine time of 12:22.36.

“That was a super effort by Alicia,” exclaimed Henkels. “She ran one of her best times ever and finished ahead of 27 good runners.”

In the boys 3,200, two Trojan runners — junior Matt Jirele (10:41.44) and sophomore Amanual Fissiha (10:49.12) — finished near the middle of the pack in a quality field of two-milers.

Trojan junior Caleb Kill came close to making the finals in Wednesday’s boys shot put competition as he unleashed a throw of 44-9 in the preliminary round.

In addition to the rest of the running event finals on Friday, there will also be finals in the girls triple jump, pole vault and shot put events, along with state-qualifying competition in boys high jump, discus and long jump.