The LHS track and field teams were finally able to get back outside for their second meet of the season, a seven-team invitational at Hutchinson on April 10.
The girls of LHS finished fourth as a team, just behind Section 4A competitor Holy Family Catholic in third. Hutchinson took home the girls’ team title.
The Mayer Lutheran boys were sixth of seven teams behind team champion Hutchinson. Holy Family finished just ahead of LHS in fifth place.
The Crusaders turned in a variety of top-10 finishes in the sprint, distance, and field events, beginning with the sprint hurdles. Sophomore Kate Esser was seventh in the 100 meter hurdles, while junior Jacob Carlson was seventh in the 110 meter hurdles.
Esser finished fifth in the 300 meter hurdles, followed by teammate Morgan Harpel, a freshman, in sixth. Carlson finished eighth for the boys.
Sophomore Rhett Kovar and senior Mitch Krause were fourth and sixth in the 100 meter dash, while freshman Whytnee Aurich was ninth for the girls in the same event.
Kovar went on to finish fifth in the 200, followed by junior Tyler Klaustermeier in seventh. Senior Lauren Schroeder was ninth in the 200 for the LHS girls’ team.
To kick off the middle distances, senior Samantha Bartz finished fifth in the 400 meter run. Later, junior Maria Kuntz ran to a first place finish in the 800 meters, completing the distance in 2 minutes, 43.16 seconds. Fellow junior Klara Koch was third in the same event. On the boys’ side, junior Dain Aarrestad was fifth in the 800.
Sophomore Hannah Truniger collected multiple points for Mayer Lutheran in the distance races, winning both the 1600 and 3200 meter races. Her 1600 winning time of 5:27.91 was nearly 30 seconds faster than the Hutchinson runner in second, and Truniger’s 3200 meter time (11:25.27) was just under 40 seconds ahead. For the Crusader boys, sophomore Charlie Menke was ninth in the 1600, and fellow sophomore Ben Quiram was ninth in the 3200.
Starting the field events strong, three Mayer Lutheran athletes finished in the top 10 of the high jump. First, Kuntz tied for third, before Kovar and Krause finished fifth and eighth for the boys.
Esser pole vaulted her way to a third place finish, while junior Audrey Morschen landed in a large tie for fifth place. Carlson picked up points for the boys, finishing second.
Krause finished third in the long jump, and Bartz was seventh in the event for the girls. A triple-threat of LHS sophomores finished 5-6-7 in the boys’ triple jump: Menke, Luke McCarty, and Seth Boelke.
Freshman Taya Dammann and junior Belle Flucas finished eighth and tenth in the discus throw for Mayer Lutheran’s girls, while senior Mark Esser, sophomore Kaden Lilienthal, and senior Mason Diedrick finished 5-6-7 for the boys. Diedrick and Esser were also second and seventh, respectively, in the shot put.
The Crusader teams also found success in the relay events. The girls’ teams were third in both the 4×100 and 4×800, and fourth in the 4×400. The boys brought home two second place finishes in the 4×100 and 4×400, and finished fifth in the 4×800 and sixth in the 4×200.
Mayer Lutheran began to see some of its Minnesota River Conference competition this week, competing at Belle Plaine on Tuesday. Next Tuesday, April 22, the Crusaders will be at LeSueur-Henderson before an invitational in Delano on Thursday. Friday’s Elite Meet will be at Hamline University for those that qualify.
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