Manteuffel, Truniger qualify for state

Two members of the Mayer Lutheran girls’ track and field team are headed to this weekend’s state meet. Sophomore Hannah Truniger and freshman Rebecca Manteuffel will represent the Crusaders at the Class A state tournament on June 6-7 at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Truniger will make her second state appearance, after finishing second in the 3200 meters in 2013. She qualified at last week’s Section 4A meet in both the 1600 and 3200 meter races.

Truniger won the 1600 meters in 5 minutes, 14.30 seconds over St. Paul Academy’s Mary Naas (5:41.41).  She went on to finish as runner up in the 3200 meters, crossing the line in 11:29.05 to advance to state.

Manteuffel earned her first ever state entry in the discus throw, dominating the competition in her event-winning throw of 101 feet, 10 inches, a personal best for Manteuffel. She also finished just shy of state in the shot put, with another personal best throw of 32-08.25, good enough for third.

Multiple other Crusader girls came within reach of a state entry in the girls’ sixth place team finish. Scoring 73.50 points, the Crusaders finished behind team champion Holy Family Catholic at 114.50.

In the 400 meter dash, both senior Sam Bartz and sophomore Kalie Winter both made the finals of the event after finishing third and 13th in the preliminaries. Bartz went on to finish third in the finals in 1:01.90, a personal best, but just shy of the qualifying time needed to make state.

Junior Maria Kuntz finished 11th in the prelims of the 800 meter run and went on to finish 10th in the finals.

Junior Christina Erdmann made it to the semifinal round of the 100 meter hurdles and finished 12th. Erdmann also qualified for the 300 meter finals after finishing 13th in the prelims. In the finals, she was 17th.

The girls’ 4×100 team of senior Lauren Schroeder and juniors Mackenzie Thiesfeld, Belle Flucas, and Hannah Zahrte finished eighth in the finals, before the 4×200 team of Schroeder, Zahrte, Winter, and sophomore Whytnee Aurich finished ninth in the finals of their event.

The 4×400 relay, run by Bartz, junior Klara Koch, Winter, and Kuntz was third in the preliminaries and finished fourth in the finals in 4:14.08, a season best. The Crusaders were sixth in the 4×800, run by Bartz, freshman Lucy Koch, Klara Koch, and Kuntz.

Kuntz went on to a 12th place finish in the high jump, before

Erdmann continued her strong day with another personal best in the pole vault. Erdmann was fourth at 8 feet, 2 inches. Sophomore Kate Esser wasn’t far behind in seventh place. Later, Bartz and Winter were both ninth in the long and triple jumps, respectively.

The Mayer Lutheran boys’ team finished 15th of the 22 section teams, scoring 25.50 points. St. Croix Lutheran took home the team title with 158.50 points.

Sophomore Rhett Kovar finished 10th in the preliminaries of the 100 meter dash and was 12th in the semifinals.

In the 400 meter dash, junior Dain Aarrestad finished sixth. Senior Colin Hilk snagged the last finals spot by finishing 18th. In the finals, Aarrestad and Hilk were sixth and 10th, respectively.

Junior Jacob Carlson finished 11th in both the preliminary and semifinal rounds of the 110 meter hurdles, before he and junior Tyler Klaustermeier finished 13th and 14th in the prelims of the 300 meter hurdles. They improved to 12th and 13th in the finals.

The 4×800 relay team of sophomore Ben Quiram, sophomore Charlie Menke, Hilk, and Aarrestad had the Crusader boys’ best relay finish of the day, finishing seventh in the event in 8:59.77.

In the field events, Kovar was eighth in the high jump before Carlson and sophomore Nick Huinker were fourth and eighth in the pole vault.

In the shot put, senior Mason Diedrick came close to a state tournament entry with a third place finish. His throw of 44-02.00 was a few feet shy of the qualifying time. Senior Mark Esser was 11th in the same event.

Esser and Diedrick teamed up again for the discus, where Esser was ninth at 115-04.00 and Diedrick finished 11th.

At this weekend’s state tournament, the Class A girls’ discus competition begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6, while the girls’ 3200 meter race is later that evening at approximately 6:20 p.m. Truniger’s 1600 meter race will be at approximately 5:09 p.m. Saturday evening.


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