Hudson finally got a chance to host an outdoor track and field meet at Raider Stadium Tuesday, April 16, and the Raiders made the home fans happy by sweeping the Big Rivers Conference True Team titles.
But girls’ head coach Jami Holum said she was just happy to see everybody outside.
“The best part about the day was seeing all of our athletes on our home track contributing to the team and helping with the meet,” she said. “It was a fantastic team atmosphere with everyone who competed adding to our team score.”
In the true team format, every competitor, from first place to last, scores points for his or her respective teams. The Hudson girls finished with a total of 1,644.5 points to finish over 400 points ahead of second place Eau Claire Memorial, while the Raider boys scored 1,538, just 31 better that runner-up Menomonie.
Boys’ coach Nate Kirkpatrick said the athletes took advantage of one of the rare nice days this spring.
“We could not have asked for a better day for a track meet,” he said. “We had quite a few great individual performances, but what I was most pleased with was the amount of athletes who broke personal records. For the boys’ team, we had over 60 individual PRs either set or broken for this season.”
Senior Bailee Dierks was a double winner for the Raider girls, winning the 100 meter hurdles in 15.87 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 47.01, while junior Rachel Ball and sophomore Alicia Balany swept the top two spots in the 1600 meter run with times of 5 minutes, 21.73 seconds and 5:27.19, respectively. Belany also won the 800 in 2:28.17.
Hudson’s girls scored big in the 200 meter dash with six runners combining for a total of 151 points. Senior Emma Olson was second in 26.95 seconds and freshman Ava Wilbur took third in 27.99 while junior Mallory Scott placed fifth in 28.5, sophomore Nikki Olund was sixth in 29.22, sophomore Carolyn Shumaker was eighth in 29.44 and sophomore Gigi Rojas finished 11th in 29.91.
Hudson also picked up 131 points in the 100 dash, led by sophomore Molly Kallenbach in second place in 13.24 seconds and classmate Amber Robey in third in 13.68. Junior Rose Giblin was fifth in 13.78 and sophomore Ashley Carey placed eighth in 14.04 while freshman Claire Keech finished 15th in 14.72.
The Raiders had four of the top ten times in the 3200 meter run. Abbi Faust took second in 12:50.35 and Sophie Czupryna took fifth in 13:48.85 while Maria Annen finished seventh in 14:28.94 and Ally Radermacher was eighth in 14:33.44.
The girls’ triple jumpers led the field events with 140 points with Kallenbach covering 32-feet, 4-inches to take second and Robey making 30-11 to place third. Keech was sixth with a distance of 29-10 while freshman Marissa Gunderson placed tenth with 27-11.75, sophomore Hailey Burgraff was 11th with 27-03 and senior Sarah Yonan took 14th with 23-09.5.
Audrey Hatfield contributed a second place throw of 92-feet in the discus and was third in the shot put with a toss of 33-09 while Dierks led the Raider contingent in the long jump with a third place leap of 15-06.25.
Shumaker contributed a fifth place time of 1:07.85 in the 400 meter dash and Ana Martins was sixth in 1:09.54 while Reilly Bishop took fifth in the pole vault with a height of 7-feet and Emma Anderson cleared 4-6 to take fifth in the high jump.
On the boys’ side, senior Carter Maack won the 110 meter hurdles in 15.44 seconds and was second in the 300 hurdles in 40.69 while teammate Braeden Miller was third in 43.83. Sophomore Tony Weeks was the only one of 25 competitors in the 3200 meter run to post a sub-10 minute time, winning the race in 9:56.2, one of a slew of personal best times for the Raiders.
“It is always great to see kids place high in their events, but more importantly we want each athlete push themselves to beat their own previous mark,” Kirkpatrick said. “It's great to see that individual growth, and we are very proud of the kids.”
Just like the girls, the Raider boys also scored big in the triple jump by picking up 134 total points. Mason Holum led the way with a second-place distance of 38-11.5 and Alex Muenich was seventh with 35-08.5 while Van Keech was eighth with 33-10.5, Jordan Spann tenth with 33-07.5, Fletcher Anderson 12th with 31-07 and Isaac Verdoon 13th with 31-00.5.
Charlie Pierce led the Raiders in the 100 meter dash by placing second with a time of 11.58 seconds, while Noah Lundeen was second in the 1600 meter run in 4:41.93, just one-hundredth of a second out of first.
Jakes Assembo cleared 19-00.75 to place third in the long jump and took fifth in the 200 meter dash in 24.25 seconds, and Nolan Wade was sixth in the 200 in 24.34, while Miller cleared 10-6 to take third in the pole vault and Tyler Auge was third in the 800 in 2:10.75.
Quin Farr contributed a pair of top five finishes, placing fourth in the shot put with a throw of 42-04 and fifth in the discus with a toss of 109-10.
Holum said it took every member of the team to pull off the sweep.
“True team means just that-- everyone contributes and everyone cheers on their teammates,” she said. “Our team has come together to do that and it showed in the overall results with both teams winning the meet. Just an overall fun atmosphere with great track events.”
Kirkpatrick said it was a true team effort-- on and off the track.
“We could not have had a successful meet without all the student, parent, teacher, and community volunteers who came out to help,” he said. “We are very thankful for their time.”
The Raiders are scheduled to participate in the Hopkins Invitational Tuesday, April 23, and the La Crosse Aquinas Invite Saturday, April 27, at the site of the WIAA State Championships at UW-La Crosse, Saturday, April 27.