Mayer Lutheran track and field head coach Tim Bierbaum said last week was simply a great week of competition, as the Crusader squads placed third at the Section 4A True Team meet on May 7 and then went on to finish second at St. Croix Lutheran’s invitational on May 9.
The past few seasons, only ten teams of the Section 4A eligible teams have chosen to participate in True Team competition, but this season brought 16. Although the Maple Lake teams were favored to win, and did, Bierbaum was very pleased with the Crusaders’ third place finishes.
“The girls posted 14 personal or season bests and the boys had five season or personal bests, not bad for four days after prom,” Bierbaum said.
At the True Team meet, freshman Hannah Truniger not only won the girls’ 1600 meter run in 5:07.78, but also smashed the 20-year-old LHS school record (set by Melissa Beise at 5:25.85). Truniger also won the 3200 meter run in 11:30.39.
Senior Miriam Wilson and sophomore Audy Metteer went 2-3 in the shot put with distances of 29-09.50 and 29-05.00, respectively. Wilson then teamed up with senior Nico Schmidt to go 2-3 in the discus throw.
The Crusader boys’ team also finished third at True Team, with multiple top three finishes. In the 400 meter dash, senior Alex Fredrickson and Kyle Fredrickson were 2-3, just tenths of seconds behind Prairie Seeds Academy’s CJ Moise Damey. Alex Fredrickson also posted a season best when he finished second in the 800 meter run.
Senior Jesse Greenhagen won the 1600 meter run in 4:47.96, over three seconds ahead of his closest competitor. Greenhagen went on to win the 3200 meters in 10:20.72.
The boys 4×400 relay team set a season best time by winning the race in 3:34.85, three seconds faster than the team from second place Maple Lake.
In the pole vault, senior Matt Carlson was third.
“The guys and girls really put it together that day and competed hard if they were in their normal event or not,” Bierbaum said.
Two days later, the Crusaders competed at St. Croix Lutheran and pulled off two second place finishes in a field of 10 teams.
“St. Croix is always a fun meet for us to go to,” Bierbaum said. “It has the feel of an invitational while being unlimited. We are proud of our second place team finishes, and battled for them.”
During the meet, the girls set 17 new personal or season best times, while the guys tallied 13 new best times.
Truniger reset her own 3200 meter school record from earlier this season while winning the event May 9, lowering the time to 11:06.50.
The 4×400 relay team won the event in 4:22.20, a season best. The 4×100 team was second and the 4×200 was third.
Sophomore Maria Kuntz grabbed a top three finish, placing third in the high jump. In the pole vault, sophomore Christina Erdmann tied for second, while freshman Kate Esser and sophomore Audrey Morschen tied for fourth.
Senior Ashlyn Hucky grabbed a season best 32-05.00 in the triple jump, good enough for second place. Wilson and Metteer again were 2-3 in the shot put, while Wilson also won the discus with a personal best throw of 102-04.
On the boys’ side, Alex Fredrickson won the 400 meter dash, while Kyle Fredrickson dominated the 800 by six seconds for the win. Jesse Greenhagen won the 3200 meters in 10:30.90.
The 4×400 and 4×800 teams brought home wins.
Senior Nathan Schneewind and Carlson were 2-3 in the pole vault, decided by a jump off at 11-06.00. Mark Esser also turned in a top three finish in the discus at 107-03.
The MRC meet is tonight, May 16, at Sibley East. The Crusaders will then have a week off next week in preparation for the Section 4A meet on May 30 at Macalaster.