The Mayer Lutheran track and field teams kicked off their outdoor season at a meet in Delano on April 25, facing off against much larger schools including Waconia, Delano, Watertown-Mayer, Holy Family Catholic, St. Peter, and St. Michael-Albertville. The Crusader boys held on for a fourth place finish, while the girls’ team was seventh.
Head coach Tim Bierbaum said he and assistant coach Stefan Wismar used the meet to view many athletes in different places.
“It was exciting to get back competing again,” Bierbaum said. “This was a tough meet with so many of the schools being large – they presented really good competition.”
The boys scored 74.75 points, behind team champion STMA (267.75), Waconia, and Delano.
Jeremy Price finished third in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.66 seconds, while Alex Fredrickson placed second in the 400 meters in 54.14.
Kyle Fredrickson won the 800 meter run, six seconds ahead of the second place STMA competitor. Fredrickson’s time of 1:58.68 was just .06 seconds behind the school record. In the 3200, Jesse Greenhagen was third in 10:15.35.
Nathan Schneewind finished eighth in both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, picking up two points for LHS.
The 4×400 team (Rhett Kovar, Dain Aarrestad, Alex and Kyle Fredrickson) was second in 3:42.48, while the 4×800 team (Alex and Kyle Fredrickson, Chase and Jesse Greenhagen) was third (8:32.81).
“Our relays put together some great performances,” Bierbaum said.
In the field events, Kovar was sixth in the high jump. While Schneewind, Matt Carlson, and Jacob Carlson all picked up points in the pole vault by finishing second, fourth, and eighth, respectively.
Taylor Otterstatter snagged a point for LHS with his eighth place finish in the triple jump. In discus, Mark Esser was fourth with a final throw of 103-08.
Although the girls finished seventh of the seven teams at the meet, there were still plenty of notable performances to be had.
Allie Erdmann and Sam Bartz were 5-6 in the 400 meter dash, nearly crossing the line simultaneously with times of 1:05.94 and 1:06.04 respectively.
Sarah Ruschmeier was fourth in the 300 yards hurdles in 52 seconds flat. The girls’ 4×400 team tied for fourth place with Holy Family in 4:27.78, while the 4×100 team (Whytnee Aurich, Molly Michaletz, Hannah Zahrte, and Belle Flucas) was fourth in 56.19 seconds.
“The girls’ 4×100 ran a great time for a young group,” Bierbaum said. “For three of these four it is their first year out for track.”
Maria Kuntz and Nico Schmidt grabbed points for LHS in the field, finishing in a four-way tie for eighth in the high jump at four feet, five inches.
Kristen Mielke long jumped her way to a seventh place finish in the event with a distance of 14-02.00.
In the discus, Miriam Wilson was third at 95-05 for the final Crusader points. Mayer Lutheran tallied 37 points at the meet, trailing fifth place Watertown-Mayer (75.25) and the host team (58.25).
“Overall we were pleased with the performances,” Bierbaum said.
The Crusaders will compete at True Team Sections and St. Croix Lutheran next week.
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