The Minnesota River Conference title once again belongs to the Mayer Lutheran boys’ cross country team.
Competing at Baylor Park in Norwood Young America, the Crusaders captured their second MRC title on Oct. 11, finishing first with 46 points. Jordan was second with 62 points, followed by Watertown-Mayer (93), Belle Plaine (96), NYA (125), LeSueur-Henderson (131), Tri-City United (170), and Sibley East (206).
Senior Alex Fredrickson was second overall with a time of 16:43.3, finishing behind NYA sophomore Alex Wischnack (16:35.5). Junior Brandon Duffy, senior Jesse Greenhagen, and senior Kyle Fredrickson all finished in the top 10 runners. Duffy was fourth at 16:57.6, closely followed by Greenhagen in fifth at 17:07.6. Fredrickson was tenth with a time of 17:26.9. All four received All-Conference honors.
Also competing for the Crusaders was sophomore Jacob Roth in 25th (18:15), freshman Ben Quiram in 45th (19:20.2), and sophomore Wyatt Entinger in 48th (20:08.1). Roth received an All-Conference Honorable Mention recognition; he also knocked over a minute off his time from the previous week.
The girls’ team was less fortunate than their male counterparts, but still finished in the middle of the pack. Turning in a fifth place finish, the Crusaders scored 122 points. Belle Plaine won the girls’ title with 46 points, followed by Watertown-Mayer (73), Jordan (83), and NYA (115). With a time of 14:55.7, freshman Hannah Truniger finished second to Belle Plaine sophomore Janessa Mueleners (14:39.9). Truniger’s time placed her seventh in the all-time finishers at Baylor. Mueleners’ time set the new course record.
Senior Holly Johnson was second for the Crusaders in 26th position at 17:02.7. Seventh grader Emilie Berry finished two places back in 28th, turning in a time of 17:17. Seniors Sarah Ruschmeier (32nd, 17:33.1), Miranda Buesing (34th, 17:42.2), Marie Landskroener (39th, 17:53.9), and Nina Kukowski (53rd, 20:20.7) also competed for the Crusaders. Truniger was named an All-Conference selection, while Johnson received All-Conference Honorable Mention.
“This was a very fast race as everyone improved on their times from the last meet,” said coach Rob Weber of Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity.
Mayer Lutheran will be at Watertown-Mayer Oct. 16, before competing in Section 5A at Pierz on Oct. 25.