Many of this year’s Crusader track and field point earners have graduated and will not return for the 2014 season next spring.
For the girls, Allie Erdmann, Ashlyn Hucky, Holly Johnson, Molly Michaletz, Kristen Mielke, Sarah Ruschmeier, Nico Schmidt, and Miriam Wilson will leave holes in both running, jumping, and throwing events. The Crusader boys say goodbye to Matt Carlson, Jacob Daniels, Alex Fredrickson, Kyle Fredrickson, Chase Greenhagen, Jesse Greenhagen, Neal Kroells, Christophe Morschen, Jeremy Price, and Nathan Schneewind.
This year’s Crusader teams had strong showings at many meets and managed to run almost a full season schedule, despite early spring snowstorms.
The outdoor season began April 4 at Belle Plaine where the LHS girls were third and the boys were fourth. It would be a few weeks until Mayer Lutheran’s next meet, at Delano on April 25. The LHS boys’ team was fourth while the girls were seventh. At Tri-City United on April 30, the Crusaders had a top three finisher in nearly every event.
At an invitational in St. Michael-Albertville, the Crusader teams finished fourth (girls) and fifth (boys) just before True Team Sections in early May.
At the Section 4A True Team meet, both Crusaders squads finished third of the 16 teams in the section. It was at this meet that freshman Hannah Truniger set a new school record in the 1600 meter run in 5:07.78, handily breaking the previous 20-year-old record.
Also in early May, the Mayer Lutheran teams were second at St. Croix Lutheran and again at Belle Plaine.
At the Minnesota River Conference Championships hosted by Sibley East on May 16, the Mayer Lutheran girls’ were fifth. The boys’ finished sixth that day.
With just a week to prepare between the conference championships and the section meet, the Crusaders came out in full force at the Section 4A meet at Macalaster College on May 30. The Crusader girls were sixth, while the boys were seventh, and Mayer Lutheran qualified three events for the state meet. Truniger was second in the 3200 meter run and Kyle Fredrickson was second in the 800 meters. The 4×800 team of Kyle Fredrickson, Alex Fredrickson, Chase Greenhagen, and Jesse Greenhagen finished third at the section meet, but snagged a state tournament spot by besting a predetermined qualifying time.
At the state meet on June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul, Truniger finished second in the 3200 meters to the Blake Schools’ Clare Flanagan. Truniger set a Mayer Lutheran school record at state with her final time of 10:46.77. Kyle Fredrickson finished sixth in his heat of the 800 meter preliminaries in 1:57.97, becoming the first competitor in a decade to finish under two minutes but not qualify for the finals. Fredrickson suffered a stress fracture during the race and was unable to compete in the 4×800 the next day.
The 4×800 team of Alex Fredrickson, Chase Greenhagen, Jesse Greenhagen, and Dain Aarrestad finished 14th of 17 teams in the event on June 8 with a final time of 8:26.97.
Although 18 seniors are leaving the Mayer Lutheran squad, and leaving large shoes to fill, the traditionally strong program has plenty of talented athletes returning next season.
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