For three runners from the Mayer Lutheran cross country teams, it was a dream come true to run at the state meet last Saturday. Held Nov. 3 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Mayer Lutheran was represented by senior Alex Fredrickson, senior Jesse Greenhagen, and freshman Hannah Truniger.
Coach Rob Weber said the St. Olaf course is typically not one where runners earn a personal record.
“This is a course that is a test of a runner’s abilities,” he said. “Alex ran a time that was 11 seconds faster than on the same course last year. Jesse was only one second off his best time of the season. Hannah got a PR by six seconds.”
This was a return trip to state for Fredrickson, who also ran in 2011. Weber said Fredrickson and Greenhagen stuck together for much of the race and both finished in the top third of the runners. Fredrickson finished in 57th position with a time of 17:02.3, holding off Holdingford’s Abe Skwira by one-tenth of a second (17:02.4). Senior Jesse Greenhagen finished two seconds behind Fredrickson in 64th with a time of 17:04.6.
Senior Matt Welch, of Proctor, was crowned the Class A champion, winning the race in 15:34.0.
For the Crusader girls, Truniger made quite a showing in her first state appearance. Finishing eighth in 14:49.4, Weber said Truniger was in sixth place at the one-mile mark, leading a group of three and following a former state champion.
“Hannah had a good start, getting out fast and staying out of trouble,” Weber said.
This is also Truniger’s first cross country season. Junior Clare Flanagan of The Blake School won the race in 14:04.1.
Look for a full season wrap up of the Mayer Lutheran/Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity cross country team in the coming weeks.