Crusader boys advance to sections

By Melissa Marohl, Sports Writer

With 177 points, the Mayer Lutheran boys’ track and field team easily won the Section 4A Sub-Section Meet on May 24. Thirty-six points ahead of second place Providence Academy (141), the Crusaders also defeated Watertown-Mayer (115), International School (86), West Lutheran (65), Prairie Seeds Academy (51), Maranatha Christian Academy (15), and Southwest Christian (6).

The top six individual finishers and the top three relay teams in each event will advance to the section meet on June 2.

Just one one-hundredth of a second separated the first and second place competitors in the 800-meter run. Junior Alex Fredrickson, with a final time of 2:04.25, snagged first place from junior Kyle Fredrickson (2:04.26).

Junior Jesse Greenhagen won the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:25.00, seven seconds in front of Providence Academy’s JP Flanders (10:32.00).

Junior Nathan Schneewind won the 110-meter hurdles for the Crusaders, with a time of 17.73. Schneewind went on to win the 300-meter hurdles in 46.56.

Coming in third place was sophomore Consti Siggelkow in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.47.

All four boys’ relay teams advanced to the section competition with two first-place finishes and two third-place finishes. The 4×400 team of senior Sean Bartz, Alex Fredrickson, Kyle Fredrickson, and Siggelkow won their event in 3:37.43. The other winning team was in the 4×800. Comprised of Alex and Kyle Fredrickson and Chase and Jesse Greenhagen, the pack of juniors won the race in 8:30.11.

Juniors Matt Carlson and Jeremy Price teamed up with freshmen Tyler Klaustmeier and Taylor Otterstatter for a third place finish in the 4×100 (48.68). Otterstatter and Price, along with Bartz and Siggelkow, ran the 4×200 and also took third place (1:38.84).

The only three competitors in the pole vault were from Mayer Lutheran. Schneewind, Matt Carlson, and freshman Jacob Carlson were 1-2-3 clearing 12-00.00, 11-00.00, and 8-06.00, respectively.

Junior Neil Kroells was third in both the shot put (37-01.00) and discus throw (102-05), while teammate Mark Esser was second in the discus (105-03.50).

Also advancing to the section competition was sophomore Collin Hilk (400-meter dash); Chase Greenhagen (1600-meter run); junior Michael Corkins (3200-meter run); Jacob Carlson (110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles); Bartz (high jump); Siggelkow (high jump); Otterstatter (triple jump); junior Jake Daniels (triple jump); and Esser (shot put).