The Mankato Varsity Showcase is one of the premier indoor track and field events of the spring each season, and the Raider girls' and boys' teams held their own at the latest edition Saturday, March 30, at MSU-Mankato's Myers Fieldhouse.
Hudson's girls placed seventh in the 34-team field and the boys' tied for 14th as both teams continue to prepare for the outdoor season.
Edina took the girls team title with 82 points while Hudson was seventh with 34, just a half-point behind Roseville. White Bear Lake won the boys' title with 64.5 while Hudson tied for 14th with 13.
"Overall, the girls had a fantastic day with quite a good number of PRs for this early in the season," girls' coach Jami Holum said. "We once again had a small crew coming off of spring break and trying to establish some times and distances for our very heavy number of new and younger athletes."
Bailee Dierks took the 60-meter hurdle title with a personal best time of 9.13 seconds and placed third in the 400-meter dash in 1 minute, 3.07 seconds. He also led three Raiders in the top eight in the 200 with a sixth place time of 27.24 seconds. Emma Olson was seventh in 27.75 and Molly Kallenbach eighth in 27.98, her best time of the season.
Hudson's 4x800 relay team of Rachel Ball, Lizzy Bond, Emma Filipak and Anna Czupryna combined for a third place time of 10:20.93 and Audrey Hatfield placed fifth in the shot put with a personal best throw of 35 feet, 5 inches while the 4x200 relay team of Amber Robey, Mikayla Kallenbach, Molly Kallenbach and Olson was seventh in 1:54.79.
Senior Carter Maack paced the Raider boys with a second place time of 8.46 seconds in the 60 hurdles and the 4x200 relay team of Ron Finch, Landon Bilse, Jacob Daulton and Torin Phillips was fourth in 1:36.97 while Tyler Auge posted a personal best time of 2:07.11 in the 800 to place ninth. Tony Weeks and Noah Lundeen ran well in the 1,600 with Weeks placing tenth in 4:39.93 and Lundeen 13th in 4:42.07.
Boys' coach Nate Kirkpatrick said the Raiders did well against some stiff competition.
"It was a great meet," he said. "We took a small group, but the Mankato meet has really high standards to even get in and the athletes performed very well."
Holum said the Raiders are continuing to refine things as they prepare for their True Team Invitational Friday, April 12, at Raider Stadium. They will also host the Big Rivers Conference True Team Meet Tuesday, April 16.
"The athletes are continuing to work hard through this early portion of the season as we get closer to our heavier meet schedule in April," she said. "We look forward to this week of competitions going into our home opener next Friday afternoon."