The Hudson girls cross country team dominated in its first conference meet of the season.
Showing solid depth, the Explorers posted a 7-0 record at the Suburban League Super Duals Saturday at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton.
"The girls looked strong and while times were not overly fast, they competed
well, worked the course, and moved up throughout the race in both the varsity and open races," Hudson head coach Megan Petraska sid.
As for team scores, runner-up Wadsworth (6-1) came the closest to the Explorers, falling 24-33.
Hudson snagged five of the top eight spots against the Grizzlies. Twinsburg went 5-2 while North Royalton was 4-3.
The Explorers defeated the Tigers (19-42), the Bears (15-50), Brecksville-Broadview Heights (15-48), Stow-Munroe Falls (16-47), Cuyahoga Falls (15-50) and Nordonia (17-46).
Highland’s Kayla Kenne finished first out of 129 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 8 seconds. The Lady Grizzlies’ Clare Nicholas took second in 19:35.
Sophomore Brenna Beucler paced Hudson as she ran third overall with a time of 19:36.
"Brenna raced brilliantly," Petraska said.
Two more gifted sophomores ran next for Hudson as Tori Liesen crossed fifth in 20:25 and Sydney Gallagher placed seventh in 20:25.
"Tori was tough and fought the whole way through," Petraska said. "Sydney was rock solid as usual and really put herself in a good position, as did Emmaline Hannan and Sarah
Weldon, who stepped up and filled our crucial hole at No. 5."
Just a sophomore, Hannan ran well to place 16th with a time of 21:02. Weldon, another sophomore, crossed in 21:13 to take 19th place.
Senior Katarina Palmman and junior Nicole Jurado placed 24th and 25th, respectively. Palmman crossed in 21:26 and Jurado finished in 21:29.
"Katarina and Nicole worked together really well and kept each other motivated the entire race," Petraska said. "Subi Simmons, Caroline Groff and Jordyn Hopgood attacked the hills on the course well and made big moves for us in the last mile."
Simmons, a junior, ran 39th (22:07) while sophomores Groff (23:16) and Hopgood (23:26) were 68th and 75th, respectively.
"This was a nice race overall for the girls and a testament to their hard work in
practice and their focus on doing the little things well," Petraska said.
Sophomore Riley Gaynor won the open race with a clocking of 22:30. Teammate Ali Menendez took second in 22:42. The Explorers took the top five spots.
"Riley Gaynor ran incredibly well and showed her mettle,and Ali Menendez was tough and looked so strong the entire race," Petraska said. "Amy Fulton attacked hard and held on for a great finish.
"Sophia Bogoniewski raced like an upperclassman despite being just a freshman and Katherine Travis moved up the whole race and finished well.
"Behind these girls, we had lots of great pack running and perseverance with too many stellar performances to name.
"Much of our team’s strength lies in these girls. They work hard every day in practice and want to get better every week. It has been fun to watch."