Another meet, another victory for the Hudson boys track and field team.

The latest victim: Suburban League National Conference rival Twinsburg. The Explorers tamed the Tigers by the score of 97.5-39.5 April 21 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

With the victory, Hudson improved to 4-1 overall and 4-1 in the National Conference.

Explorers head coach Mark McConnell was extremely pleased with the way in which his squad competed against Twinsburg.

"It was Senior Night, so a lot of the guys had extra motivation," he said. "We got points from every area of the team. It was a great team win."

Hudson, which won its fourth dual meet in a row, received contributions from a number of athletes. In fact, 11 different Explorers notched first-place finishes in individual events.

Hudson, which honored seniors Nam Cho, Sam Durkin, Andrew Heller, Fisher Jones, Jacob Kasday, Nathan Kravitz, John Marcinkiewicz, Blake Roberts, Jack Sarkisian, Connor Zinko and Nick Zehnal, captured first place in seven individual track events.

Zehnal claimed the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.1 seconds, while junior Dawson Wervey placed first in the 400 with an effort of 52.3.

In addition, sophomore Evan Manley was first in the 800 with a time of 2:00, sophomore Adam Beucler finished first in the 1,600 in 4:36 and sophomore Jacob Russo crossed the finish line in first place in the 3,200 by posting a time of 9:49.

The Explorers also swept both hurdles events.

Junior Dominic Weaver captured the 110 high hurdles with a time of 16.9, while sophomore Hunter Norman was victorious in the 300 intermediate hurdles with an effort of 43.6.

Meanwhile, Hudson claimed victory in four individual field events. Marcinkiewicz won the shot put with a heave of 41 feet, and junior Sam Bashian prevailed in the discus with a throw of 122 feet.

Also finishing first in individual field events were junior Greg Mailey in the long jump (19 feet) and Kravitz in the pole vault (10 feet).

Hudson was also victorious in the 1,600 relay, winning the event with a time of 3:38.7. The members of that unit were Zehnal, sophomore Nivash Jayaram, senior Jack Sarkisian, and Wervey.

McConnell is satisfied with the progress of his team and optimistic about its chances for continued success during the second half of the season.

"I am happy with where the team is right now," he said. "We're 4-1 in the league and the guys are starting to get ready for the big meets coming soon."

The Explorers were scheduled to visit National Conference foe Wadsworth April 25. Results were not available at press time.

Hudson is set to compete at the Poland Invitational April 29 at 9 a.m.

"Poland will be a great opportunity for us to face some teams that we don't get to see often," McConnell said. "It will be a great chance to see how we do in a big meet."


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