The Hudson girls cross country team flashed some of its depth at the Wooster Invitational despite resting a number of its top runners.
In the team competition, the Explorers placed fourth out of 11 teams with 136 points in the Division I race.
Thomas Worthington won the team title 33-51 over Wadsworth. Green placed third with 70 points.
"We rested our top nine runners (the normal varsity team) at the Wooster Invite," Hudson head coach Megan Petraska said. "It’s a long season and racing every week is extremely difficult, let alone racing well every week. This was a nice weekend to let them take a break from racing and get in a quality workout instead."
Thomas Worthington took the top three spots. Carina Napoleon won the race in 18 minutes, 42.6 seconds.
Pacing Hudson was freshman Ali Menendez, who registered a time of 21:01.6.
"Ali Menendez raced like a veteran and ran a new season best," Petraska said. "We put lots of new faces and freshmen in the varsity race and they did not disappoint."
Junior Amy Fulton was second for the Explorers as she ran 20th overall in 21:11.7.
"Amy had another strong race for the third week in a row and was not far behind Ali," Petraska said.
Other underclassmen who fared well for Hudson were sophomore Caroline Groff and freshman Sophia Bogoniewski. Groff ran 26th with a time of 21:24.3 and Bogoniewski was 31st in 21:29.9.
Veteran senior Katherine Travis managed to place 42nd overall with a time of 22:02.7.
"Katherine is a senior captain and was solid despite not feeling well to round out our scoring," Petraska said. "Several girls also had season best times, in particular Margaret Moffitt, Jordyn Farley, Emma Beegle and Mary Castrigano had big time drops.
"Additionally, Natalie Brown and Josie Cartella raced very well in their first ever varsity meet and ran lifetime-best times and Constance Loring and Kaitlyn Roegner both get better every week, which is what we want to see."
Senior captain Eve Ramlow led the Explorers with a third-place clocking of 22:18.7. Freshman Grace Kempf took in 22:44.7.
"Eve had a huge breakthrough race," Petraska said. "Grace Kempf [freshman] had a very strong race and dropped a ton of time.
"Erin Morgan and Jordan Gallegos both dropped lots of time to score top-15 finishes as well," said Petraska. "Nearly every girl ran a season-best time and some ran lifetime bests.
"Overall, this race was thrilling because the girls are starting to see their hard work pay off. They have been great about buying into our training plan and all of the little things we do to supplement this training, so the time drops we saw are a great indicator that they are getting better and will hopefully continue to do so."