With the plethora of medals, wins, and state entries, the Mayer Lutheran/Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity cross country season could be called nothing less than a success.
The Crusader boys not only won the Minnesota River Conference meet on Oct. 11 for their second consecutive MRC title, but they also won meets at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (Sept. 27) and Watertown-Mayer (Oct. 16). At HLWW, Alex Fredrickson won the race, followed by Jesse Greenhagen in fourth, and Brandon Duffy and Kyle Fredrickson tying for seventh.
At Watertown-Mayer, Alex Fredrickson again took home top honors, while Greenhagen was second and Duffy finished fifth. The Crusader boys were third at Rockford (Sept. 6), fifth at Waconia (Sept. 18), eighth at NYA (Sept. 11), and 13th at Milaca (Sept. 22). To defend their MRC title, Alex Fredrickson was second at NYA on Oct. 11, while Duffy was fourth, Greenhagen fifth, and Kyle Fredrickson sixth.
At the Section 5A meet, the LHS boys were fourth of 21 teams, falling short of qualifying as a team for state, but still sending two individuals. Alex Fredrickson made the state cut by finishing ninth, as did Greenhagen in 12th. At the Class A state meet on Nov. 3, Alex Fredrickson was 57th overall, while Greenhagen was just behind him in 64th.
Both boys’ and girls’ squads combined for the co-ed relays at LeSueur-Henderson on Oct. 2, where the Crusader team finished second.
The Mayer Lutheran girls had a successful season as well, with four top-five team finishes. They were second at HLWW on Sept. 27 and fifth at Rockford (Sept. 6), Waconia (Sept. 18), and at the MRC meet (Oct. 26). At the conference meet, freshman Hannah Truniger was second overall in the race. Truniger’s time placed her seventh on the all-time course record list. At sections, the Crusader girls were 11th of 18 teams, sending Truniger through to state with a third place finish.
At state, Truniger finished eighth, quite an accomplishment for a first-year freshman runner.
A senior-dominant girls team will have many holes to fill next season. Truniger and seventh grader Emilie Berry are expected to return for the varsity girls, while the boys will be supported by Duffy, Roth, Alex Mielke, and Ben Quiram. Wyatt Entinger and Alison Miller also ran varsity races this season.