Hudson head boys track and field head coach Mark McConnell knew he had a good team this season, but he didn’t quite know how good.
Case in point: The Explorers’ 96-41 rout of Suburban League National Conference rival North Royalton Tuesday at Serpentini Stadium improved their dual-meet record to 2-0 on the young season.
"I was confident of our chances of winning, but the margin of victory was more than I thought it would be," McConnell said. "I was surprised with our performances in some events.
"We swept a couple sprint events that I was not expecting, so our sprinters really stepped up to the plate and ran well."
Leading the way in the sprints was junior Nivash Jayaram, who won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.6 seconds and the 200 in 23.6 seconds.
Senior Maxwell Doyle finished second (11.63) in the 100. Senior Zack Rickey and freshman Jacob Clary tied for third (11.7).
Freshman Samoid Reed, Jr., finished second (24 seconds) in the 200, while Doyle placed third (24.07).
McConnell also was happily taken aback with his throwers’ showings.
Senior Sam Bashian won the discus with a toss of 128 feet, 9 inches. Freshman Kevin Toth finished second (116-7) and senior Jack Burrows took third (100-7).
Toth won the shot put with a throw of 40-2. Sophomore Paul Thrams was right behind in second (40-1).
"They were the biggest surprise of the meet," McConnell said of the throwers. "We’re extremely young there, but with Sam leading the way, they’re really improving and coming on strong. They’re shaping up to be a pretty good group in the coming meets and in the coming years."
Jayaram was the anchor on the winning 800 and 400 relays.
"Nivash had a phenomenal day," McConnell said.
Joining Jayaram on the 800 relay were Reed and sophomores Ethan Feisthamel and Isaac Hall (1:36).
Accompanying Jayaram on the 400 were Clary, Hall and sophomore Dominic LaMarca (46.4).
Also finishing first with a clocking of 8:39 was the 3,200 relay team of senior Eric Halford, juniors Adam Beucler and Jacob Russo and sophomore Michael Von Ville.
Halford won the 1,600 with a time of 4:30.7. Beucler finished right behind in second (4:31.6) and Russo placed third (4:43.5).
Sophomore Evan Manley captured the 3,200 with a time of 9:50. His classmate, Lucas Lay, was runner-up (9:56.5) and senior Jack Good took third (10:19.7).
Good won the 800 with a time of 2:03.2. Beucler placed second (2:07.9) and sophomore Ethan Smith took third (2:13.2).
"I figured we’d sweep the distance events based on how the boys ran in cross country," McConnell said. "I didn’t feel North Royalton had the guys to compete with us in those events.
"Evan ran great and led the charge there. He was fifth in the state in the mile during indoor track, so he’s a very, very good runner. He was relaxed, confident and saved his energy when he needed to. He got the job done."
Capturing the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.3 was junior Hunter Norman. Senior Dominic Weaver took third (43.7).
"Hunter ran a really good race," McConnell said. "He was actually down early on but came back in the final 50 meters to beat the guy, so it was an exciting race."
Junior Marcus Gaines won the high jump with a leap of 5-8, while his classmate, Noah Beseda, placed second in the pole vault with a vault of 10 feet.
Sophomore Luke Good, Jack’s brother, won the 400 with a time of 54.1. Feisthamel placed third (56.4) in the 400. Weaver finished third (16.8) in the 110 hurdles.
Hudson is scheduled to compete at the GlenOak Eagle Elite Invitational this Saturday in Canton.
The Explorers are set to travel to National Conference rival Stow-Munroe Falls April 19 at 4 p.m..
On April 21 at 11 a.m. Hudson is scheduled to oppose both visit Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia to face conference rivals Nordonia, Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Cuyahoga Falls.