The Mayer Lutheran track and field teams sent three events to the state meet at Hamline on June 7-8, and the Crusaders brought home a medal and two new school records.
Freshman Hannah Truniger, competing in her first state track meet, finished second in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:46.77, besting her section qualifying time by nearly two seconds and setting a new Mayer Lutheran school record. Truniger kept with, and even led, the Blake School’s Clare Flanagan for most of the race. Flanagan would eventually overtake Truniger for the 3200 meter title, finishing in 10:27.85.
“It was our plan to have Hannah run with Clare Flanagan as long as she could,” LHS head coach Tim Bierbaum said. “Their first mile would have placed Hannah seventh in the open mile the next day.”
Senior Kyle Fredrickson also represented Mayer Lutheran Friday afternoon by running in the preliminary heats of the 800 meter run. With a final time of 1:57.97, Fredrickson was sixth in his heat and bested his section time by two seconds, broke the LHS school record, and would have been the next time accepted into the finals.
“We have always told the boys that if you run under 2:00 in the prelims, you will make it to the finals,” Bierbaum said. “I checked the last ten years of results and this was the first time that someone ran under 2:00 and didn’t make it.”
It was later discovered that Fredrickson had suffered a stress fracture in his foot, taking him out of Mayer Lutheran’s last event, the 4×800 meter relay on Saturday.
Typically run by the senior twin-threats of Fredrickson, Chase and Jesse Greenhagen, and Alex Fredrickson, alternate Dain Aarrestad stepped up to take Kyle Fredrickson’s place.
“Jesse, Chase, Dain Aarrestad, and Alex did a great job dealing with the last minute loss of Kyle,” Bierbaum said. “Dain stepped up to the challenge and ran exactly the way that I asked him to run. It wasn’t enough to get them in the medals, but I am very proud of them for the effort they put in.”
The team finished 14th of 17 teams in the event with a final time of 8:26.97. Perham was the No. 1 team, finishing in 7:57.58.
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