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Trinity’s Mayer to play baseball, track and field

Dickinson Trinity junior Joe Mayer last stepped onto the track three years ago.

During those three years, Mayer found his home on the baseball field.

But, Mayer isn’t picking and choosing anymore. He plans to juggle playing outfield for the Dickinson High baseball team and competing for Trinity’s track and field team.

“Both coaches have been really understanding and both want to make it work for me, so that’s been really nice,” he said. “We haven’t had any meets or games yet, so it hasn’t been an issue yet. But so far, it’s going good and I’ve been keeping up with my grades too.”

Trinity co-head coach Andrew DesRosier said it’s pretty special to have an athlete compete in both sports.

“Coach (Pete) Dobitz is a good person and he’s easy to communicate with and it would be very difficult for Joe to try what he’s trying to do if that weren’t the case,” he said. “What Joe is doing is very admirable. It’s been quite a while that we’ve had an athlete try to do both. It’s going to be a challenge for him, but he’s the type of level-headed man and gifted athlete that we hope can get it done. Over the course of season, time will tell what he’s able to do.”

Mayer and the rest of the Titans begin their season at the Carlson Booster Meet at 9:30 a.m. today at the Biesiot Activities Center.

The Trinity junior said there aren’t too many nerves.

He’s set to compete in the long and triple jump and a relay during the morning, because the Midgets open their baseball season against Bismarck Century at 4:30 p.m. today at the Southside Municipal Ballpark and Astoria Field.

“The expectations for myself is I just want to go out there and compete,” he said. “I think we can do some pretty good things. There are nerves just because I haven’t done it in a while. I’ll be doing track early on in a day, because we have baseball at night.”

Trinity junior Jace Kruger placed fifth in pole vault during last year’s state meet. Kruger set a new personal record at 12 feet, 9 inches. His personal best prior to the state meet was 12 feet.

“I definitely have high expectations coming into this year,” Kruger said. “Even vaulting in the gym at Dickinson High I was a little nervous, because it’s a different feel from last year.”

The Titans lost a host of seniors who supplied plenty of points and helped the team take third place at last year’s state meet.

DesRosier said they’ll rely on different athletes to fill important roles. One returner with multiple years of state meet experience is senior Nick Klug. Throughout Klug’s high school career, he has competed in every event in track and field.

“We have boys that we are going to look to things in more than one event,” he said. “We’ve got some guys who are going fill out some relays for us. We just need to have them step up more areas than a year ago.”

Trinity also received an athletic boost from through its co-op with New England High School. Joining the team this season are junior Daniel Prince and sophomore Brady Bender.

DesRosier said it’s important for the team to appreciate the New England students making the extra trip to compete in track and field.

“We are excited to have all of the New England kids come up because it’s important to recognize all of our New England athletes with the sacrifice they have to make,” he said. “We are very grateful for all of them that come up.”