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WHS twins lead in points for the Trojan track team

St. Peter, Monticello win championships in boys, girls state track.

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Abagotte Opiew of the Worthington Trojans completes in the boys long jump during the Class AA state track and field championships at St. Michael on Saturday, June 11, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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ST. MICHAEL — Worthington High’s terrific twins enjoyed a superb Saturday here at the Class 2A state track and field championships.

Junior brothers Abagotte and Marenono Opiew sparkled to lead the Trojan boys to 40 points and a fourth-place finish in the team race as the track season concluded on the campus of St. Michael-Albertville High.
Abagotte Opiew placed second in the triple jump and finished sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles. Twin brother Marenono Opiew was third in the 300 hurdles.

Abagotte, who set a school record in the triple jump at the Section 2AA meet recently with a leap of 44-10.75, nearly duplicated the effort on Saturday in the most important competition of the year. He recorded a 44-10.5 mark to finish runner-up. Anthony Borom of Fridley won the event with a 45-7 leap.

Abagotte then finished sixth in the 110 high hurdles, with a time of 15.27. Corbin Herron of St. Peter won the event in 14.97.

Marenono Opiew finished third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.13. Jack Fischer of Orono won in 39.68.

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The Worthington boys, coached by Cory Smidt, Aaron Lonneman and Derek Schmitz, also received points from their 4x800 relay team. The Trojan relay team of junior Ofbeka Morke, senior Mason Bobb, junior Filmon Wolday and junior Mikele Walu finished third in 8:03.72 — a new school record. Jordan’s team won the race in 7:52.79.

Wolday failed to place in the 1,600, finishing 12th with a time of 4:40.19. Abagotte Opiew, who amazingly qualified for state in four events, failed to place in the long jump, after his leap of 19-7. The Trojan boys’ 4x400 relay team was disqualified and did not score.

Meanwhile, the Worthington girls of coach Jessica Hogan scored four team points as senior Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor finished eighth in the 200 meters.

The WHS girls also got an eighth-place finish from their 4x200 relay team, which included sophomore Newyouman Gora, senior Bailey Newman, sophomore Pham Gora and anchor runner Scheitel-Taylor. Also a talented basketball player, Scheitel-Taylor sprinted to a time of 26.67 seconds in the 200. Brooke Hohenecker of Providence Academy won with a time of 25.26.

In the boys’ team race, St. Peter claimed the championship with 44 points. Spectrum was next with 40, and Jordan scored 39. Tied for fourth place with 30 points were teams from Worthington, Delano, DeLaSalle and Faribault.

In the girls’ team race, Monticello won the state championship with 71 points.

On Friday night, meanwhile, the Class 1A portion of the track and field championships concluded and teams from Luverne distinguished themselves.

The Cardinal boys finished in fourth place with 43 points, while the Luverne girls finished fifth with 41. Both teams are coached by Pete Janiszeski.

Scott Mansch, who in a crowded Viking tavern has been known to say “Go Pack Go” at times in complete disregard for his health, can be reached at smansch5rockets@gmail.com
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