Cold and nasty weather didn’t bode well for the Crusaders last week, as both the boys’ and girls’ team finished fourth of four teams at a MRC quadrangular in Jordan on April 15.
Finishing fourth didn’t really come as a surprise to LHS head coach Tim Bierbaum.
“The top four teams in the conference are very strong,” he said. “Jordan and Belle Plaine are two of the strongest teams and Watertown doesn’t have a lot of depth, but they have some outstanding individuals.”
The Crusader girls collected 36.5 points and the boys pulled down 32 points. Belle Plaine won both divisions.
In the 4×800 relay, the girls finished second and the boys took third to pick up the first points for Mayer Lutheran.
Whytnee Aurich and Rhett Kovar both finished fourth in their respected 100 meter dash races. Aurich finished in 13.60 seconds and Kovar turned in an 11.60.
The girls’ 4×200 and 4×100 relay teams both finished third in their races. The boys’ 4×100 was also third.
Klara Kock snagged a point in the 1600 meter run by finishing fifth, before Sam Bartz and Maria Kuntz were second and fourth in the 400 meter dash. Colin Hilk finished sixth in the boys’ 400 to pick up a point for LHS.
Kock and Bartz teamed up to go 3-4 in the girls’ open 800, and Dain Aarrestad finished fifth for the boys.
Mitch Krause picked up the boys’ first, and only, event win of the day, winning the 200 meter dash in 24.20 seconds.
Hannah Truniger was the only event winner for the girls’ team, continuing her winning ways with a domination performance in the 3200 meter run. Her time of 11:21.90 was nearly 40 seconds faster than Belle Plaine’s Janessa Meuleners. LHS’ Michaela Wilaby was fifth.
Ben Quiram finished second in the 3200 meters for the boys with a time of 11:05.60.
The Mayer Lutheran boys’ 4×400 team finished second, while the girls’ team was third.
The Crusaders struggled to pick up points in the field, only placing in a handful of events. Kuntz tied for fifth in the high jump to grab 1.5 points, before Kate Esser and Christina Erdmann were third and fifth in the pole vault.
Jacob Carlson picked up a third place finish in the boys’ pole vault, before Mason Diedrick wrapped up the afternoon for the Crusaders by finishing third in both the discus and shot put.
Bierbaum said the weather took its toll on the Crusader athletes.
“It was tough for our kids to have those peak performance moments,” he said.
LHS will be at STMA on May 1.
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