Injuries are all too common on high school sports teams, but typically having one or two injured players won’t make or break the team. But for the Mayer Lutheran dance team, which only fields a squad of six athletes, two injuries can make a world of difference, especially when five dancers are needed to compete.
Hosting their home invitational on Jan. 18, the Crusaders were able to have enough dancers on the floor to compete, but had a tough day, head coach Maryann Porter said.
“Dancing short and injured, it definitely impacted our performances,” she said.
When all was said and done, the Crusaders placed fifth of nine jazz teams. Rockford, PACT Charter, and New Ulm Cathedral, and Glencoe-Silver Lake placed ahead of Mayer Lutheran, and Porter said LHS just missed fourth place by a few rank points.
In high kick, Randolph took home the team title, followed against by PACT Charter and New Ulm Cathedral. Mayer Lutheran finished seventh of ten teams.
“Everybody who placed ahead of us is in our section,” Porter said.
That means the Crusaders have just a few short weeks to prepare for the Section 2A meet, held Feb. 8 at Bloomington Kennedy High School, in hopes of making a return trip to the state tournament. The top three jazz and top two high kick teams will advance.
Porter said the team has already put together a three-week plan and are trying to “making lemonade out of lemons.”
“I think it was a lot of things that all came together at one moment for this team,” Porter said. “I think it’s challenging when you’re on a really strong path and something comes in to throw things off, but what I do know about this team is that they have the ability to get back on the track that they were on before.”
With two recent MRC meets postponed, the Crusaders can recuperate and prepare for a meet at Jordan tonight and the MRC Championships at Belle Plaine on Tuesday.
“Number one is getting us back to a full team,” Porter said.
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