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Trojans cop individual firsts at St. Peter track meet

Jordan Melendez, Mikele Walu and Abagotte Opiew won individual events for the Worthington Trojan boys track and field team Friday in St. Peter, and teammates Ivy Jenson and Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor won firsts on the girls’ side.

ST. PETER -- Jordan Melendez, Mikele Walu and Abagotte Opiew won individual events for the Worthington Trojan boys track and field team Friday in St. Peter, and teammates Ivy Jenson and Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor won firsts on the girls’ side.

In a kickoff meet for the 2021 spring campaign, squads from Worthington, Windom Area, Waseca, St. Peter and St. James Area combined in all teams’ first high school track and field competition in more than a year. COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the entire 2020 season.

On Friday, Melendez showed he’s an 2021 athlete to be reckoned with by winning the 3,200-meter run in a time of 10:45.87. Walu captured the 800-meter run in 2:15.92. And Opiew jumped 44-1.5 to win the triple jump.

Jenson finished in a tie for first place in the long jump by going 15-1.5. Scheitel-Taylor won the triple jump in 33-9.5.

St. Peter finished first in the boys team standings with 82.5 points. Waseca was second with 59, St. James Area was third with 52.5, and Worthington (47) and Windom Area (30) rounded out the five-team field. For the girls, it was Waseca with 83.5 points, followed by St. Peter 61, Worthington 56, Windom Area 55.5 and St. James Area 15.

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Windom Area had several fine performances in the girls events, topped off by thrower Delaney Smith who won the shot put by tossing the sphere 43 feet, a full 12 feet farther than the throw logged by runner-up Samantha Azure of Waseca. Smith also won the discus easily, throwing 114-04 compared to second-place Kate Gurrola of St. Peter, who measured 86-8.

Lucy Stevens of Windom Area won the 200-meter dash in 30.60 while Eagle Kaylee Walklin won the 3,200-meter run in 12:40.37 and teammate Jadyn Wormstadt won the high jump by surpassing 5-0.

Windom Area also got a second from Hadley Sammons in the 1,600-meter run (6:35.41) and from its 800-meter (2:04.39) and 1,600-meter (12:03.69) relay teams.

Scheitel-Taylor added a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash (14.15) to her title in the triple jump, and she teamed up with Jenson, Bailey Newman and Nedoh Gyi to run a second-place 54.22 in the 400-meter relay.

Jenson also placed second in the 200-meter dash in 31.10. Gyi was second in the triple jump with a leap of 29-5.

Individual thirds for the Trojan girls included Addison Gerber in the 200 meters (32.51), Jacquelyn Banegas in the 100-meter hurdles (19.56), Elizabeth Spiegelhoff in the 300-meter hurdles (1:04.92), Cassidy Madison in the pole vault (6-6), Newyouman Gora in the triple jump (29-00.5) and Kadence Hyvari in the discus (81-9).

Worthington’s boys 800-meter relay team of Mir Gossom, Mak Lia, Walu and Opiew won that event in 1:45.64. The Trojans’ 400-meter relay team of Gossom, Even Neuberger, Lia and Opiew placed third in 52.23.

Terbuto Ochothow placed second for the WHS boys in the 110-meter hurdles (17.65), third in the 300-meter hurdles (49.5) and third in the high jump (5-2).

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Windom Area’s Dylan Serreyn won two events, the high jump (5-8) and the long jump (19-0). Teammate Alex Altman had a good day in the discus and shot put events, placing second in the discus (106-7) and third in the shot (38-9).

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