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Section 2AA track and field: Bang! Ojulu smashes WHS hurdle record

ST. PETER -- Obang Ojulu didn't endear himself to track and field officials on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College on Friday. But what he did to hurdles, he made up for in the eyes of his fans.

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Worthington Trojan Obang Ojulu motors through the 110-meter high hurdles Friday in the section 2AA track and field finals in St. Peter. The senior qualified for state in the 300-meter hurdle race. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

ST. PETER -- Obang Ojulu didn’t endear himself to track and field officials on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College on Friday. But what he did to hurdles, he made up for in the eyes of his fans.

Ojulu, a senior at Worthington High School, wrecked the second hurdle as he sprinted toward a second-place finish in the 300-meter intermediates in St. Peter during the Section 2AA track and field meet. No matter. He placed second overall in a new WHS record time of 39.61, earning him a trip to the 2018 Minnesota state meet.

“It was a goal that he’s been going after for a long time,” said Trojans co-head coach Cory Smidt.

On his way into the WHS history books, Ojulu struck a hurdle and busted it.

“And now we’ve gotta pay Gustavus (for the hurdle),” Smidt explained. “It just went flying. And he was flying.”

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Ojulu will compete in the Class AA state meet (hurdles beware) next Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, at Hamline University in St. Paul. Preliminary races begin on Friday. Finals are slated for Saturday.

The Trojans turned in several fine performances on Day Two of the sectional meet on Friday. Ojulu placed fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles with a 15.96 time. Bryce Olsen was sixth in the discus with a throw of 127-3. Emmett Bickett was eighth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at 43.13.

The Trojans’ 4x200-meter relay team of Alex Luong, Bickett, Robert Street and Ojulu placed seventh in 1:33.88.

Worthington junior Taylor Eggers was strong in multiple events. She got a third in the girls 100-meter dash (12.87) and placed fourth in the 200 (26.12). Emma Thuringer was ninth in the 400 (62.52). The Trojans’ 4x200-meter relay foursome of Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor, Kara Thuringer, Emma Thuringer and Eggers was seventh in 1:48.

Eggers competed last year at state in the 200-meter race.

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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