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Abagotte Opiew wins triple jump at 2AA track meet

The Worthington Trojans will have one state meet entrant for the 2021 state track and field meet. Abagotte Opiew won the boys triple jump in a leap of 43-6.75 at Friday's Section 2AA competition. His leap was comfortably ahead of the second-place qualifier, Ian Lillquist of New Prague, who went 43-1.75.

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Worthington High School track and field athlete Abagotte Opiew. (Tim Middagh/The Globe) 06 02 21 Drill

WACONIA -- The Worthington Trojans will have one state meet entrant for the 2021 state track and field meet. Abagotte Opiew won the boys triple jump in a leap of 43-6.75 at Friday's Section 2AA competition. His leap was comfortably ahead of the second-place qualifier, Ian Lillquist of New Prague, who went 43-1.75.

The state meet is set for June 17-19 at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

On Wednesday, the Worthington High School girls were shut out of state qualification. In the highly-competitive 2AA meet, the Trojans' 4 x 100-meter relay team -- a routine first-place finisher during the regular season -- could only place fourth despite running their fastest time of the year.

That’s how tough the Section 2AA meet is.

But though the Worthington girls weren't able to advance anyone to the state meet, it was still a very good spring of 2021 for the team.

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“We had great individual performances along the way,” said WHS co-head coach Jessica Hogan. “We had a lot of people get their personal bests. We even won some (team) events for the girls. And it’s been a while since we did that.”

The Trojans’ 4 x 100-meter relay foursome, consisting of Ivy Jenson, Bailey Newman, Saleen Thepmontry and Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor, completed their race in 51.69 at Waconia on Wednesday.

Scheitel-Taylor, who finished her junior year this spring, also placed fourth overall in the triple jump with a leap of 34-1. She was fifth in the 200-meter dash in a 27.73 clocking.

Jenson was sixth individually in the long jump, going 16-0. And Newman was seventh in the 100-meter dash, timed in 13.33.

Two other Worthington relay teams finished in the top 10. The 4 x 200-meter squad of Addison Gerber, Newyouman Gora, Nedoh Gyi and Jenson finished in 1:55.99 for 10th place. And the 4 x 800-meter team of Jenna Hoffman, Maranda Thier, Karissa Bickett and Madison Schaefer was also 10th, in 11:20.08.

In the 2AA boys finals two days after the girls event, Worthington's 4 x 800-meter relay team of Ofbeka Morke, Mikele Walu, Filmon Wolday and Jordan Melendez placed a solid fifth overall, finishing in 8:36.32. Morke and Walu also did very well in the 800-meter run, as Morke finished seventh in 2:04.24 and Walu finished ninth in 2:06.65.

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