The Raider girls came up less than six points away from challenging River Falls and the boys tied for sixth at the final indoor track and field meet of the season at the UW-Stout Elite Meet Friday, April 5, in Menomonie.
River Falls took the girls title with 52.3333 points while Hudson took second with 47. The Wildcats also won the boys' title with 86 while the Raiders tied Ladysmith and Bloomer for sixth with 21.
Girls' coach Jami Holum said she was pleased to see her team give River Falls a run for its money.
"We are excited with how the girls are performing so early in the season, especially in competing against a really tough returning team in River Falls, who is a frontrunner in the Big Rivers Conference this year with the athletes that they have coming back," she said.
Rachel Ball took the lead on the last lap of the girls' 1600 meter run and held on to win with a time of 5 minutes, 23.31 seconds while teammate Alicia Belany was fourth in 5:26.11.
Bailee Dierks came away with a pair of runner-up finishes, placing second in the 55 meter hurdles in 8.39 seconds despite breaking the old meet record, and second in the 200 meter dash in 29.96 seconds. She was also part of the Raiders' third-place 4x400 meter relay team, combining with Mallory Scott, Belany and Emma Olson to edge River Falls with a time of 4:21.29.
Anna Czupryna finished third in a strong 800 meter field with a time of 2:31.29 and Audrey Hatfield continued her strong indoor season with a sixth place throw of 34-feet, 3-inches in the shot put while Molly Kallenbach placed eighth in the triple jump with a personal best distance of 31-10.
On the boys' side, Carter Maack beat his time from a year ago in the 55 meter hurdles to take third in 7.91 seconds and Charlie Pierce placed eighth in the 55 meter dash in 6.9.
Tony Weeks and Noah Lundeen both posted personal best times in the 1600 meter run with Weeks placing third in 4:35.51 and Lundeen sixth in 4:39.92.
Tyler Auge just missed placing in the 800 with a ninth place time of 2:08.38 while Mason Holum was ninth in the triple jump with a distance of 38-04.5.
The Raiders hope to open the outdoor portion of their schedule when the host the Hudson True Team Invitational this Friday, April 12, at Raider Stadium. Holum said the team is anxious to start the outdoor season.
"It will be nice to get everyone outside for the remainder of the season, and also see some different competition and get more of the new girls into some competitions too."