The Mayer Lutheran boys’ and girls’ cross country teams both finished fifth, and with 121 points, at Waconia’s Run of the Lakes on Sept. 18. Competing against a few other Minnesota River Conference schools, but also larger schools from the Wright County Conference, the Crusaders finished in the middle of the pack.
Freshman Hannah Truniger, however, did not finish in the middle of the pack of the girls’ varsity race. Truniger won the race by 20 seconds over Belle Plaine’s Janessa Meuleners. Truniger’s final time was 15:17. Senior Holly Johnson was the next Crusader across the line, in 21st position with a time of 17:59.50. Seniors Sarah Ruschmeier and Miranda Buesing, along with seventh grader Emilie Berry, finished in a group of three, taking places 32, 33, and 34. Ruschmeier was 33rd in 18:29, followed by Buesing at 18:30 and Berry at 18:32. Senior Marie Landskroener also competed for the Crusaders and finished 43rd in 19:48. The Waconia girls’ team won the meet with 49 points, followed by Belle Plaine (59), Watertown-Mayer (80), Glencoe-Silver Lake (114), and Mayer Lutheran (121).
The Mayer Lutheran boys also finished fifth with 121 points, behind Glencoe-Silver Lake (54), Delano (69), Waconia (93), and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (96). While Delano’s Sam Thomas won the race in 17:02.90, Mayer Lutheran’s pride came from senior Alex Fredrickson, who finished in fourth at 17:29. Senior Kyle Fredrickson and junior Brandon Duffy were 12-13 with times of 18:14.50 and 18:20, respectively. Sophomore Jacob Roth finished 39th in 19:23, while freshman Alex Mielke was 53rd at 21:00. Freshman Ben Quiram (21:10) and sophomore Wyatt Entinger (21:19) finished out the day for Mayer Lutheran in 55th and 57th positions.
The Crusaders also competed at the Milaca Mega Meet on Sept. 22, competing against 142 teams with over 5,600 runners in 18 categories. Thirteen Crusaders ran their season best times at Milaca. The Mayer Lutheran boys were 13th of 37 teams, with all seven varsity runners logging their quickest times of the year. The girls finished 12th of 42, with five girls turning in season bests.