Truniger places, Manteuffel strong at state meet

Sophomore Hannah Truniger receives her third place medal in the 1600 meter run. (Staff photo by Christopher Officer)

Sophomore Hannah Truniger receives her third place medal in the 1600 meter run. (Staff photo by Christopher Officer)

Mayer Lutheran’s representatives brought home some hardware and valuable experiences from the Class A State Track and Field Meet, held June 6-7 at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Sophomore Hannah Truniger made her second state tournament appearance in the 3200 meter run Friday evening, finishing second in 11:06.53, a season best. Truniger led most of the race and held off Cannon Falls’ Emi Trost until the final 300 meters, when Trost overtook Truniger and won the race in 10:56.30.

Truniger crossed the line 10 seconds ahead of third place Theresa Mueller of Trinity School (11:16.28).

Mayer Lutheran head coach Tim Bierbaum called Truniger’s performance in the 3200, as well as the 1600 the next day, “outstanding.”

“Hannah struggled through the last month with nagging injuries, but was able to put it all together for the state meet,” he said. “She was confident going in to the meet and did everything that she needed to do and could do to get on the podium in both the 1600 and 3200.”

Truniger also turned in a school-record setting and season best performance in the 1600 meter run the next day, finishing third in 5:06.50. Redwood Valley junior Kayla Huhnerkoch took home the title in 5:03.02, followed by second place Nicole Slater (Adrian) at 5:05.60 and Truniger.

Mayer Lutheran freshman Rebecca Manteuffel competes in the discus on June 6. (Patriot staff photo by Melissa Marohl)

Mayer Lutheran freshman Rebecca Manteuffel competes in the discus on June 6. (Patriot staff photo by Melissa Marohl)

Mayer Lutheran freshman Rebecca Manteuffel made her state tournament debut in the discus throw. She finished sixth in her flight with a throw of 98 feet, just shy of making the finals. In the finals, St. Clair senior Katelyn Weber took home the title with a throw of 126-01.

“Rebecca did a great job for her first time at the state meet,” Bierbaum said. “She threw consistently, even though two were out of sector, and was within four feet of making the finals.”

Mayer Lutheran’s Hannah Truniger (right) leads the 3200 meters.

Mayer Lutheran’s Hannah Truniger (right) leads the 3200 meters.

With Truniger’s medals and experience for both athletes, Bierbaum has high hopes for their track and field futures.

“We look forward to some great performances out of both of these girls in the future,” he said.

Look for a full season wrap up of the LHS track and field team in the coming weeks.

 

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

 
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