The Mayer Lutheran track and field teams got a taste of their conference competitors at Tri-City United on April 30, facing off against athletes from Sibley East, LeSueur-Henderson, and Tri-City United.
The Crusaders had a top-three finish in nearly every event in both the boys’ and girls’ competition, and LHS head coach Tim Bierbaum said it was good to see conference foes.
“Nice weather, good individual results,” he said. “Can’t wait to see what we can do on a great day.”
Event wins began with senior Jeremy Price winning the 100 meter dash in 11.82 seconds. Price also finished third in the 200 meters. Senior Kyle Fredrickson continued the trend by winning the 1600 meter run in 4:57.68, as well as the 200 meter dash (23.44).
Senior Kristen Mielke won the long jump at 15 feet, 6.75 inches, while fellow senior Ashlyn Hucky won the triple jump at 31-06.00.
In the pole vault, seniors Nathan Schneewind and Matt Carlson went 1-2 at 11-06 and 11-00, respectively.
Senior Allie Erdmann finished second in the 100 meter hurdles in 18.53 seconds, and was also second in the 300 meter hurdles. Freshman Whytnee Aurich was third in the 100 meter dash. Crusaders were 2-3-4 in the 400 meter dash, run by senior Holly Johnson (64.12), sophomore Maria Kuntz (65.54), and senior Ashlyn Hucky (69.46). Sophomore Sam Bartz finished third in the 800 meter run, just three seconds behind the leader.
Senior Nico Schmidt was third in the girls’ high jump at 4-06.00, while freshman Rhett Kovar was third for the boys at 5-02.00.
Senior Miriam Wilson was second in the discus throw and third in the shot put, gathering more points for LHS. Senior Neal Kroells was fifth in both events for the boys.
Mayer Lutheran met tougher competition a few days later, competing at the Ed Bourelle Track & Field Invite at St. Michael-Albertville.
The girls’ finished fourth with 39 points behind team champion STMA (171), while the LHS men were fifth at 41 points, behind STMA’s 185-point win.
Despite the steep competition, multiple Crusaders came away with top five finishes. For the girls, Bartz was fifth in the 400 meter dash, while Erdmann finished fourth in the 300 meter hurdles.
Kuntz grabbed fourth place in the high jump. Mielke also finished fourth in the long jump. Wilson was third in the discus throw.
The Mayer Lutheran boys pulled off two event wins. Fredrickson won the 800 meter run in 2:03.74, while Schneewind and Carlson were once again 1-2 in the pole vault.
Bierbaum said despite some chilly weather, the meet was a good opportunity for the Crusader athletes.
“We use this meet to find out how we can use athletes for True Team,” he said.
Next week, the Crusaders will compete at Belle Plaine on May 13 before the conference meet at Sibley East May 16. True Team State will be that Saturday, May 18, if LHS qualified on May 7.
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