Emily Akin trailed Twinsburg’s Nia Robinson with 20 meters to go.
But the Hudson senior passed her up and left her in the dust to win the 400-meter dash by .42 despite the Lady Explorers’ 72-65 track and field loss to the host Lady Tigers in a Suburban League National Conference dual meet Tuesday.
Akin’s time of 57.69 seconds broke Lauren Kaluza’s 24-year-old school record of 57.8.
"Emily had a great race," Hudson head coach Jeff Hildebrand said. "She didn’t slow down at any point in the race. She kept and maintained her speed.
"She has a great chance to go to states not only in the 400 but also in the 800."
Akin also finished third in the 200 with a time of 27.14.
Overall, Hildebrand was relatively happy with his team’s performance but was still disappointed with the defeat.
"We did well for the most part," he said. "The big difference was that we lost all four relays and winning the relays are very important.
"We won previous meets by doing that and we didn’t do that in this meet.
"The fact was, we did win a lot of events, but we don’t have a lot of depth, so Twinsburg got a ton of second- and third-place finishes."
One event in which Hildebrand’s squad swept the top three spots was the pole vault and with all freshmen.
Cecily Merrick and Brooke Ramlow both had vaults of 7 feet, 6 inches, but Merrick won the tiebreaker for first place. Abigail Petty finished third (7 feet).
"Cecily and Brooke are really having good seasons," Hildebrand said. "The whole pole vault team, actually, is very competitive.
"There are about seven girls who compete to be on that team. They’re stepping up and doing great."
Senior Tori Shriver won the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.6. Freshman Sydney Gallagher placed second (17.7).
"Tori has had her best couple of weeks probably in her career," Hildebrand said. "She had another strong performance."
Gallagher turned the tables in the 300 hurdles, besting Shriver for first place 48.87-50.65.
"It wasn’t quite a personal record for Sydney, but she led the whole way, which was impressive because it was wet and cold out and hurdling itself is difficult, let alone having to do it in those conditions," Hildebrand said.
Freshman Brenna Beucler was a double winner, capturing the 800 with a time of 2:27.58 and the 1,600 with a clocking of 5:23.97.
"Brenna had two really strong performances and led all the way through in both events," Hildebrand said. "She has been working really hard and has some talent."
Also finishing first was sophomore Molly Stecker in the high jump with a leap of 4-10.
"I’m pretty sure Molly has won every dual meet so far this season," Hildebrand said. "She’s just head and shoulders above most girls in the high jump because of her natural talent."
Senior Andrea Giaimo finished second (13.3) in the 100. Sophomore Lauren Heidler placed third (13.32).
In the 3,200, sophomore Subi Simmons finished second (12:13) and senior Grace Turner took third (12:25).
Freshman Olivia Chauvin finished second (31-5.5) and sophomore Kelly Kohl placed third (29-7.5) in the shot put.
In the discus, sophomore Jocelyn Weaver was runner-up (89-4.5). Junior Amanda Bellish placed third (88-2.5).
Junior Taylor Miller finished second (15-5.5) in the long jump.
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 Lady Explorers are scheduled to take a 4-2 National Conference dual-meet record against conference rival Wadsworth May 1 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. The meet is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.