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Southwest Minnesota State University head women's and men's Cross Country & Track and Field coach Nate Wolf has announced 24 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at SMSU, and one of those include former Worthington Trojan Track and Cross Country standout O.J. Ojullu.
Ojullu has spent the last two seasons at North Iowa Area Community College. He will run both cross country and track at SMSU. During his time with the North Iowa Trojans, Ojullu was member of 4x400 relay team that competed at 2013 Drake Relays, becoming the first NIACC runners to compete at Drake. Ojullu’s personal best was 1:56.37 in the 800 meter run, personal best was 52.83 in 400 meter dash. O.J. Ojullu is a 2011 graduate of Worthington High School where he was a two-time team MVP in cross country and also named most improved in track. He was two-time all-state selection, a member of the Trojans’ 4x400 relay team that won a state championship and a member of 1,600 meter relay team that set a school record.
Also joining Ojullu at Southwest Minnesota State will be Luverne’s Alex Weis and Edgerton’s Austin LaFollette.
Weis will join the track and field team at SMSU. He was a three-time letter winner in football and basketball at Luverne, while also being named to the all-conference teams. Weis was also named conference defensive lineman of the year for the Southwest Conference.
LaFollette will run track at SMSU. In high school, LaFollette set school records in the 300 meter hurdles and 110 meter hurdles, while also being conference and section champion in the 110 meter hurdles as well as being the 300 meter hurdles conference champion in 2012.
This year's recruiting class features student-athletes from seven states including Minnesota (10), South Dakota (5), Iowa (4), Alaska (2), Nebraska (1), Wisconsin (1) and Texas (1). The list includes nine athletes who will compete in either women's cross country or track and 15 who will compete in men's cross country or track.
“I feel we have brought in a group that can be the foundation for what we want to accomplish as a program,” Wolf said. “It is a diverse group that has depth across the events. We looked for versatile athletes that were great students with solid character. I believe these athletes fit that profile. I look forward to seeing the impact that these students have on our campus and to working with them to maximize their abilities.”
SMSU reinstated women's and men's cross country in June 2012 and competed during this past fall season. Women's and men's track was reinstated earlier this winter and will begin competition in 2013-14. SMSU last sponsored men's track and field from 1969 to 1986 and again from 1990 to 1993, and sponsored women's track and field from 1972 to 1986 and again from 1990 to 1993.
Information from this story was provided by the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs athletic website at www.smsumustangs.com