It was smooth sailing for the Hudson boys track and field team Wednesday, April 10 in a 123-14 win against Suburban League National Conference rival Cuyahoga Falls at Laybourne Field.
"I was very pleased with the team’s overall performance," Explorers head coach Mark McConnell said. "The boys were very focused and determined.
"Cuyahoga Falls is not the strongest team in the conference and our team knew that going into the meet. But it didn’t change our preparation or work ethic. We treated it like we would any other dual meet. We won every event except one. There were a lot of outstanding performances."
Senior Nathan Slater won both the shot put with a throw of 46 feet and the discus with a toss of 127-3 to lead the Explorers, who improved to 2-0 in the National Conference.
"Nathan has been really impressive," McConnell said. "This is his first season on the team. He’s just really taken to the throws very well and is contributing right away. I’m really excited to see what he can do this year."
Also in the shot put, junior Paul Thrams finished second (41-8 ½) and sophomore Christopher Slater placed third (41-5 ½).
Sophomore Kevin Toth placed second (121-4) in the discus.
Senior Marcus Gaines won both the long jump with a leap of 19 feet and the high jump with a leap of 5-6.
"Marcus did really well for us," McConnell said. "He has been our best high jumper since last year. This year, he has really improved in not just the high jump but also the long jump. He has become one of our strongest assets on the team."
Also in the long jump, senior Nathan Mullins finished second (17-5 1/2) and sophomore Jacob Fernandez took third (17-4 ½).
Junior Jack Hakes finished third (5 feet) in the high jump.
Junior Hunter Trautmann won the pole vault with a height of 10 feet. Senior Zackery Schumacker placed second (9-6) and junior Henry Schuellerman captured third (8-6).
"Hunter did great filling in for our top pole vaulter, who was resting to stay healthy for the rest of the season," McConnell said. "He really stepped up and led the pole vaulters. I was impressed."
Senior Nivash Jayaram won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.94 seconds. Sophomore Samoid Reed Jr. finished second (12.07) and junior Dominic LaMarca placed third (12 seconds).
"Nivash was really explosive out of the blocks," McConnell said. "He was impressive from start to finish. He did everything we expect from a senior in such a technical and difficult race."
Jayaram and Reed joined junior Ethan Feisthamel and sophomore Jacob Clary to win the 800 relay with a time of 1:36.3.
Jayaram and LaMarca combined with freshmen Colin Pierce and Marshall Whited to win the 400 relay with a clocking of 47.5.
"They did great," McConnell said. "It was the first win of the season for that relay. I was very impressed."
Seniors Kenny McCaughey and Adam Beucler joined junior Andrew Goldslager and sophomore Jack Root to win the 3,200 relay with a time of 8:35.2.
Reed and Feisthamel joined forces with junior Luke Good and sophomore Grady Zappone to win the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:43.3.
Junior Luke Good won the 1,600 with a time of 4:32.7. Goldslager finished second (4:35.5).
Zappone won the 110 hurdles with a time of 18.24. Senior Hunter Norman finished second (18.35) and Hakes placed third (19 seconds).
Senior Evan Manley won the 800 with a time of 2:01.6. His classmate, Lucas Lay, finished second (2:06.4) and freshman Titan Casey took third (2:07.2).
Beucler won the 3,200 with a time of 9:45. Senior Jacob Russo finished second (9:57) and Manley captured third (10:01).
Reed won the 200 with a time of 24.03. Zappone placed second (24.55). Norman won the 300 hurdles with a clocking of 41.7. Zappone was third (43.4).
Feisthamel finished second (53.83) and sophomore Jacob Clary took third (54.14) in the 400.