Just one meet for the Mayer Lutheran/Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity cross country team last week brought home two medals and a ribbon finish from Baylor Park in Norwood Young America on Sept. 10.
The varsity boys finished 16th of 19 teams, led by senior Brandon Duffy who finished third overall after battling in the top five all race, according to head coach Rob Weber. Duffy finished with a final time of 17:05.
Even though he was forced from the path into a ditch during the race, Wyatt Entinger finished in 20:08 for 83rd place. Alex Mielke also finished in the top 100, 94th overall in 20:27.
The next 25 runners across the line included Parker Esterberg in 112th (21:43), Ben Quiram in 115th (21:53), and Todd Johnson, who was battling blister pain, in 124th (23:21).
The Crusader girls had just four varsity runners on Sept. 10, making them ineligible to compete for a team score, which requires five competitors. However, Emilie Berry medaled for the second race in row by finish 11th overall in 16:29. Karlea Kyllo brought home a ribbon for finishing 23rd in 17:23. This is Kyllo’s first cross country season. Also cross county newcomers, Clara Leverich and Harley Hentges finished 93rd and 98th with times of 20:17 and 21:05, respectively.
In the junior varsity race, Seth Pauna improved his time by 40 seconds to finish 101st in 22:31. Johnny Bones shaved two minutes off his time for a 24:21 race (147th), while Andrew Jackson also battled blisters to finish 166th (25:35).
The junior high race saw Crusader representation in Parker Bayerl (7:05) and Gareth Holland (8:21).
Last week, the LHS/LP/HT teams competed at the Shamrock Golf Course in Rockford on Sept. 5, with strong showings from many runners.
The girls’ team was led by Berry, who finished in 17:01, and Kyllo (17:41), who both earned ribbons by finishing in the top 15.
Leverich and Hentges crossed the line together in 56th and 57th positions.
Duffy led the Crusader boys with his third place performance, finishing in 17:27 on the five kilometer course. Five other ML/LP/HT runners finished in the top 52 and included Mielke (35th), Entinger (39th), Quiram (43rd), Esterberg (44th), and Todd Johnson (52nd) for a team finish of seventh (of nine teams).
In the junior varsity race, Pauna finished 21st and Andrew Jackson was 31st. Parker Bayerl was ninth overall in the junior high boys’ race, followed by Holland in 23rd.
Coach Chris Dehning said both he and coach Rob Weber were pleased with the effort and results of this very young Crusader squad.
This weekend, the Crusaders compete at Milaca on Sept. 21, before competing at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted next week on the 26th.
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