HEBRON — From the moment she took over the Hudson girls cross country program, first-year coach Megan Petraska knew she had something special on her hands.
The Explorer girls traveled to the Division I state meet Saturday in Hebron looking to make some history.
"I thought, with a really good day, we could be top five — and we did it," Petraska said.
Hudson finished fourth at the Division I girls state meet at National Trail Raceway in Hebron with 187 points. Centerville claimed the Division I girls title for the fourth straight year with 112 points. Cincinnati Ursuline Academy was second with 137 points, while Olentangy Liberty was third with 172.
Petraska was all smiles after the race, noting this was her first trip to National Trail Raceway.
"The girls ran some phenomenal races," Petraska said. "Everybody did exactly what we asked them to and that’s all you can ask for."
Petraska admitted she hadn’t seen much of the course prior to states, but all the runners noted the course at National Trail was muddy and wet, making it much slower than in year’s past.
Those conditions couldn’t keep Hudson freshman Brenna Beucler from scoring a personal record time of 18:39.9. She was Explorers’ top finisher as she took 32nd place.
"We wanted to get at least a top five today," Beucler said. " It was a great season for us all the way around."
In her final race, senior Elizabeth Hinkle finished 42nd in 18:58.3.
"It was slower than before," Hinkle said. "We felt that weren’t able to go out as fast. Last week, we were confident that we could."
Senior Cameron Bujaucius was close behind Hinkle, taking 45th in 19:00.9, while freshman Emmaline Hannan was believed to have set a personal record, taking 51st in 19:05.9.
Freshman Sydney Gallagher rounded out the scoring runs by finishing in 83rd place in 19:42.4.
Senior Hannah Teed (102nd, 20:01.2) and junior Katarine Palmman (121st, 20:10.6) also ran at the state meet for Hudson.
"It was an awesome season," Hinkle said.