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Prep track: Dudley, Abella lead Trojans in Mankato


MANKATO — Senior Will Dudley won the boys’ pole vault, junior Maer Abella claimed top honors in the girls’ shot put and the Worthington boys’ 4x200-meter relay team finished first, highlighting opening meet action for the Trojans Tuesday evening at a triangular indoor high school track and field meet at Minnesota State, Mankato.

Dudley cleared the bar at 13 feet, Abella heaved the shot 34-5 and the quartet of senior Jessie Guerra, junior Troy Ektnitphong, sophomore Erik Landgaard and Dudley clocked a time of 1:37.59.

Both Trojan teams finished third in the standings, as Waseca (62.5) and Mankato West (58) finished ahead of Worthington (34.5) in the boys’ meet, while West (78) and Waseca (58) were the top two in the girls’ meet, well ahead of Worthington’s total of 20.

The meet was scored 5-3-2-1 for the top four places in individual events.

Worthington eighth-grader Anna Kill showed her speed in the dashes, placing second in both the 60-meter dash (8.24) and the 200 (28.83). She also ran the third leg on the Trojans’ 4x200 relay, which placed second with a time of 2:00.8. Allison Kremer, Achan Alwal and Emma Thuringer ran Worthington’s other legs.

Meredith Moore (2:42.5) and Alicia Darling (2:42.8) placed second and third, respectively, in the 800-meter run.

Guerra picked up a pair of second-places for the Trojan boys, soaring 19-3 in the long jump and clocking a 24.37 in the 200.

Caleb Kill placed second in the shot put (44-11), Ektnitphong was second in the triple jump (39-0) and Gbrown Ochothow finished second in both 60-meter hurdle races, timed at 8.91 in the highs and 8.36 in the intermediates.

Ammanuel Fissiha placed second in the 1,600 (4:57) and the WHS 4x400 relay team of Lars Opaczek, Obang Ojulu, Tony Lopez and Ochothow raced to a second-place finish, clocked at 3:51.3.

Fourth-place performances by Ojulu in the high jump (5-0) and Troy Feller in the 800 (2:31.1) completed Worthington’s scoring.

The Trojans are scheduled to compete outdoors at Slayton Friday.