WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington High School boys 4x800-meter relay team wasn’t challenged Tuesday afternoon in a four-team track and field meet at Trojan Field. Eh Kyoo was a winner, too, for the WHS boys in the 100-meter dash, but like the 4x8 foursome, he believes he can do better.
If anything was perfect on Tuesday, it had to be the weather. Cloudless, sunny and warm, the athletes from Worthington, Fairmont, Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey and St. James Area basked in summer-like conditions. And many of the Trojans did very well.
Kyoo, a senior, finished first in the 100 meters with a time of 11.68 seconds. He smiled after the race, but he’s on a mission and there’s still a long way to go.
“I’m not satisfied with it. At the end, I kind of slowed down a lot. I was reaching out just to get a place,” he said.
As a sophomore, Kyoo checked in at 11.2 but missed qualifying for the state meet. As a junior, he pulled a hamstring and missed most of the season.
To get the best out of himself this year, Kyoo working on his body weight and his form.
“Trying to lose weight. It’s bad on my knee,” he said. “This year I plan on going to state. In my sophomore year I finished third (in the section). It makes me bitter.
“I’m working on my stride, too. I’m working on my long stride and getting my knees up real high. The first 30 meters it’s there, but toward the end it’s harder because you forget about it.”
Worthington’s 4x800-meter team of Ammanuel Ojha, Christian Lietz, Adam Koller and Andrew Huber had a relatively easy time in their Tuesday race, which was clocked at 8:28.05. Ojha put the Trojans in a lead of 30 yards on the first leg, Lietz stretched it to about 45 yards, and neither Koller or Huber lost any ground.
The lack of a challenge didn’t help the foursome’s time, however.
“We were just going against the clock to qualify for the Hamline meet (an elite competition set for Friday),” said Huber. “We knew it had to be about 8:27. But we knew it was going to be tough, because we were running against ourselves.”
The 4x800-meter runners have bigger fish to fry later in this 2019 campaign.
“We’re hoping to get the school record, 8:07(88). But we have a ways to go for that. We just haven’t had much competition early in the season,” Huber explained.
The Trojans’ 4-x800-meter relay record is held by Ryan Nordell, Chad Garvis, Mike Cuperus and Toby Henkels and it was established in 1997.
The WHS boys totaled 118 team points compared to Fairmont’s 81, MLA/Comfrey’s 16 and St. James Area’s 15.
Other individual firsts were garnered by Trojans Robert Street in the 200 meters (23.7) and long jump (20-04), Mikele Walu in the 1,600 meters (4:55.54), Lietz in the 3,200 (10:10.46), Emmett Bicket in the 110-meter hurdles (16.65) and 300-meter hurdles (43.88), and Bryce Olsen in the shot put (43.08) and discus (121.7). The Trojans’ 4x100-meter relay team of New Bu, Kyoo, Alex Luong and Street won that event in 46.11.
WHS had the first three finishers in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, with Terbuto Ochothow and Davis Moore placing 2-3 in both events.
Fairmont dominated the girls meet with 134.66 points. Worthington had 46, St. James Area 35 and MLA/C 14.33.
Worthington placed 1-2-3 in the 200-meter run with Bailey Newman (27.83), Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor and Taylor Eggers. The Trojans’ 4x100-meter relay unit of Newman, Saleen Thepmontry, Jessica Ventura and Scheitel-Taylor sped to 54.65 for a win.
Complete results are online at athletic.net.