Showcasing its depth, the Hudson girls cross country team had a slew of athletes put up good marks at the 34th annual Woodridge CVNP Invitational.
The Explorers excelled despite resting many of their top runners Saturday at Kendall Hills in Peninsula.
Hudson finished seventh with 189 points. For Laramie won the competition with 56 points and Poland Seminary (74) and Woodridge (89) captured second and third, respectively.
"We are thrilled and very lucky to have incredible depth on our team and we really love to get as many girls as possible into a varsity race at some point during the season," Explorers head coach Megan Petraska said. "This was another chance for us to add new faces to the varsity race."
Senior Margaret Moffitt paced Hudson as she was 29th overall with a time of 23 minutes, 27 seconds.
"Margaret had her best race of the season so far," Petraska said.
Freshmen Sophia Bogoniewski and Constance Loring finished 40th and 43rd, respectively. Bogoniewski crossed in 23:53 and Loring finished in 23:56.
Caroline Groff also contributed as the sophomore placed 47th overall with a time of 24:07. Junior Amy Fulton ran 50th in 24:13.
"Sophia and Constance continue to progress every week," Petraska said. "Caroline has been solid for us all season and we think she has more time drops in her before the season is over.
"Amy is an incredibly hard worker and also has more time to drop given her workout performances."
Senior captains Katherine Travis and Eve Ramlow finished 60th and 63rd, respectively. Travis was clocked at 24:49 and Ramlow’s time was 24:56.
"Katherine and Eve also are working hard and we expect that their best races are still coming," Petraska said. "While we did not have any runners in the top 25 of the race, we had a great pack of five girls within 45 seconds of one another and the others were not far behind.
"We will continue to work on closing our gaps between all of our packs as we prepare for the postseason."
Three other runners also got Petraska’s attention.
"Erin Morgan and Jordan Gallegos are both filled with grit and persistence, as evidenced by their moving up in their position on our team over the last couple weeks.
"Kaitlyn Roegner also continues to progress, overcoming some growing pains to put together her best races of the season in the last couple weeks."
In the junior varsity race, Hudson finished an impressive fourth led by senior sisters.
"Caroline Ricard ran really well to finish sixth (28:19.19) and Sophia Ricard was not far behind in 12th (28:54)," Petraska said. "These two have shown much dedication to our program over their careers, so seeing them come home with medals was really well-deserved and nice to see.
"Jordan Seiple and Natalie Brown were tenacious and raced with such fire. Both are such hard workers and it pays off.
"While we are pleased with how all of the girls showed grit on a challenging course, Abby Moran, Ella Fagan, Emma Rygh and Abby Wickerham, in particular, had strong races."