NORTON — For the Hudson boys cross country team, the Suburban League Championship Meet proved to be a case of the beat goes on.
For the Hudson girls, on the other hand, the meet proved to be a bit of a hiccup.
The Explorer boys dominated the race Thursday at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton, winning the National Conference race with 21 points. Stow-Munroe Falls took second with 87 points.
However, the Hudson girls finished second with 45 points, as Wadsworth won the race with 37 points. Because the league championships were worth twice the points of the Suburban League Super Duals, which Hudson won, Wadsworth claimed the overall title.
Hudson head boys coach Mark McConnell said the race was a perfect stepping stone to the postseason for his team.
"We were a very satisfied with what we saw," McConnell said, noting six of his top seven runners earned all-National Conference honors. "This is a good end to the regular season. It’s a good race for us."
Seniors Evan Manley and Adam Beucler were at the front of the pack again, but neither was able to win at Silver Creek, as Twinsburg’s Ryan Adkins won the National Conference individual title in 15 minutes, 58 seconds.
"Ryan had a great race," Manley said. "He deserved to win it.
"He started at the top of the hill and really pushed it. I knew it was going to be hard to stay with him. I told (Beucler), ‘Let’s go’ and try to stay with him."
Manley ended up second overall in 16:11, while Beucler was third in 16:17.
The rest of the Hudson boys weren’t far behind. Senior Jacob Russo was fourth in 16:30, followed by senior Lucas Lay in fifth (16:40) and junior Andrew Goldslager in seventh (16:55) to round out the scoring runs.
Sophomore Jack Root finished ninth in an all-conference spot in 17 minutes, while Kenny McCaughey (12th, 17:12) and Alex Leisen (16th, 17:23) also ran the varsity race.
In the girls race, Hudson sophomore Brenna Beucler had hoped to win the individual title, but Wadsworth freshman Clare Nicholas blew the field away, winning in 18:55.
"She’s so good. She’s a freshman," Beucler said. "I left it all out on the course, so I’m happy."
Beucler finished second in 19:30, as she earned all-conference honors, along with sophomore Emma Hannan, who took third in 19:53, and sophomore Sydney Gallagher, who was fifth in 20:05.
A bit of a gap to the back of the pack cost the Explorer girls, as Sarah Weldon finished 16th in 20:45 and Victoria Liesen finished in 19th in 20:58 to round out the scoring runs.
Wadsworth’s fifth scoring run came from Sami Beddow, who finished 14th in 20:37.
Hudson head girls coach Megan Petraska wasn’t too distressed by the finish, noting her girls were focusing their training on the state meet.
"We were not tapered (in training) yet," Petraska said. "We didn’t come here planning to have anyone run their fastest."
Hudson is scheduled open its postseason Oct. 20 at the Division I district meet at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds in Cortland. The top five teams and top 20 individuals will advance to the regional competition.