Trojan cross country runners 2nd at Hartland Preview

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Worthington Trojans’ outstanding boys varsity cross country team scratched another notch in its belt Saturday, placing second in the highly competitive Hartland Preview meet in Sioux Falls, S.D., run at Yankton Trail Park.

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With three finishes in the top 26 overall, the Trojans totaled 121 points, second to Minnetonka with 34. Rapid City Stevens (128), Sioux Falls Lincoln (148) and Hill City (171) placed 3-4-5 in a competition that brought 17 complete teams.

“I’m really proud of the kids. They really ran well today,” said WHS head coach Cory Smidt. “They sold out. When the competition is good, they’ll do good. That’s the best we’ve done in this meet.”

Worthington’s Mikele Walu finished seventh in 16:09.5, followed by teammates Fanuel Wolday (11th, 16:15.6) and Filmon Wolday (26th, 16:58.7). Other top Trojan finishers included Ofbeka Morke (45th, 17:27.2), Austin Kinser (51st, 17:31.9), Isaac Kinser (72nd, 18:00.6), Asrat Bonnett (75th, 18:06.7) and Ezra Bonnett (18:35.1).

Simeon Birnbaum of Rapid City Stevens was the top individual finisher in a time of 14:47.8.

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