The Mayer Lutheran boys’ and girls’ cross country teams competed at Baylor in Norwood Young America on Sept. 11. For the Crusaders, the boys finished eighth of the 20 teams at the meet, while the girls finished ninth (of 15).
Senior Alex Fredrickson and junior Brandon Duffy led the way for the Crusader boys, both finishing in the top 10. Fredrickson was fifth overall in 17:33.7, while Duffy was ninth at 17:53.7.
“That was an excellent performance by Alex,” coach Rob Weber said.
Senior Kyle Fredrickson was third for the Crusaders, 27th overall, turning in a time of 18:43.8. Freshman Ben Quiram and Alex Mielke both scored points for Mayer Lutheran by finishing in 89th (20:20.1) and 109th (21:10.7), respectively. Sophomores Jacob Roth (21:13.7) and Wyatt Entinger (21:24.1) also competed for the Crusaders. With 239 points, the Crusaders trailed seventh place Jordan (196) significantly, but also led over ninth place Tri-City United (263).
The girls, finishing ninth with 240 points, were barely inched out of eighth place by Mankato Loyola/Cleveland (236). They held a slight lead over tenth place Glencoe-Silver Lake (266). Freshman Hannah Truniger, fresh off a second place finish at Rockford on Sept. 6, was fourth overall and first for the Crusaders with her time of 16:01.6.
Two minutes back were seniors Holly Johnson (18:34.9) and Sarah Ruschmeier (18:39.7), who finished close together in 51st and 53rd position. Johnson and Ruschmeier would have turned in better times, had they not stopped mid-race to help a downed runner from NYA Central. According to coach Renae Johnson, the two runners waited with the NYA runner until assistance arrived, despite losing precious time in the race.
“There were no adults around to help her and we felt morally obligated to stop,” Ruschmeier said.
Coach Johnson said she was proud of the girls.
“This act speaks volumes compared to any place or time in a race,” she said.
Also in the race, senior Miranda Buesing was 64th in 19:20.1, while seventh grader Emilie Berry was 68th (19:28.7). Senior Marie Landskroener (19:36.2) and eighth grader Alison Miller (22:47.4) also competed for the Crusaders. All the Crusader girls finished in the top 100 runners.
The Crusaders had three junior varsity boys compete, including Jason Entinger (21:42), Jacob Daniels (24:49), and Dale Lemmer (27:24). Andrew Jackson ran the junior high race (6:51). Grace Dietrich competed for the junior high girls, finishing in 8:16.