A runner in the second heat almost never wins a track event.
But it happened during Hudson’s 74-63 track and field dual-meet win Tuesday at Suburban League National Conference rival Twinsburg.
Freshman Jacob Clary ran in the second heat of the 110-meter hurdles but wound up surprising everyone by winning the event with a time of 17.6 seconds.
"Twinsburg went one-two on us in the fast heat," Explorers head coach Mark McConnell said. "And then Jacob running in the slow heat was fantastic over the hurdles. We didn’t expect that from him."
Overall, McConnell was happy with the performance of his team, which improved its dual-meet record to 4-2.
"Twinsburg is a similar team to us as far as quality, so I knew it was going to be a tough battle," he said. "We got some good contributions from all aspects of our team, so I was pretty happy it wasn’t one area that completely dominated and carried the other events.
"Everyone did a very good job."
Hudson swept the top three spots in the 1,600 with sophomore Lucas Lay leading the way with a personal-best time of 4:28.
"I was very impressed with Lucas," McConnell said. "He broke 4:30 for the first time in his career, so that was very satisfying to see him do that."
Finishing second and third, respectively, were junior Adam Beucler (4:31) and his classmate, Ken McCaughey (4:43).
Beucler won the 800 with a time of 2:04. Sophomore Michael Von Ville finished third (2:08).
Winning the 200 was junior Nivash Jayaram with a time of 23.7. Freshman Samoid Reed, Jr., was third (24.4).
"Nivash did a great job," McConnell said. "He lost the 100 earlier in the meet to a very good Twinsburg guy, but then he rebounded against the same guy in the 200 and was able to beat him in a very close race.
"Nivash pulled away at the end. It was very impressive."
Sophomore Paul Thrams won the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 1.5 inches. Junior Cajen Spohn finished second (38-1.5).
"Paul has clearly become our best shot-put thrower and he’s only a sophomore, so that’s exciting for the future," McConnell said. "It was big for him to get that win because those were some points I wasn’t expecting, so I was very pleased."
In the discus, senior Sam Bashian finished first with a toss of 118-8. Thrams placed third (99-.5).
Sophomore Hunter Trautmann won the long jump with a leap of 16-10.5. Junior Nathan Mullins was runner-up (16-8.75).
"Hunter really came out and jumped well and was a key contributor with that win," McConnell said.
Also finishing first with a time of 8:34.3 was the 3,200 relay team of McCaughey, Von Ville, Beucler and senior Jack Good.
Senior Zack Rickey finished second (11.84) in the 100. Jayaram was right behind in third (11.85).
Sophomore Luke Good, Jack’s brother, finished second (53.6) in the 400. Lay took third (55.1).
In the 3,200, junior Jacob Russo finished second (9:43) and Jack Good placed third (10:02).
Junior Marcus Gaines finished second (5-8) in the high jump. His classmate, Peyton Miller, took third (5-6).
Junior Hunter Norman placed second (42.3) in the 300 hurdles. His classmate, Zackery Schumacker, was runner-up (9-6) in the pole vault.
Hudson is scheduled to compete at the Poland Invitational 23rd Track and Field Classic at Poland Seminary High School April 28 at 9 a.m.
The Explorers are scheduled to host National Conference rival Wadsworth May 1 at 4:30 p.m.