Sophomore Cecily Merrick was a double winner Wednesday, April 10 in the Hudson girls track and field team’s 101.5-34.5 win over host Cuyahoga Falls at Laybourne Field.
With the win, the Explorers improved to 1-1 in the Suburban League National Conference.
Merrick won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 6 inches and the pole vault on misses with a height of 7-6.
"Cecily is a naturally gifted athlete and someone who is very coachable," Explorers head coach Jeff Hildebrand said. "She is just beginning to tap into her talent."
Also in the long jump, senior Taylor Miller finished second (14-2 3/4). Sophomore Lily Swain placed second (7-6) in the pole vault.
"I was very happy with the team’s overall performance," Hildebrand said.
Also winning two events was Sydney Gallagher. The sophomore won both the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.8 seconds and the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.72. Swain finished second (54.1) in the 300 hurdles.
"Sydney had a great day," Hildebrand said. "She is, by far, our strongest hurdler. She came on strong last year and had a good season. She’s very driven to be successful."
Lauren Pacsi won the 400 with a personal-best time of 1:00.06.
"Lauren is a freshman who is already putting up really impressive numbers," Hildebrand said. "She is full of talent and determination, so she should have a great year moving forward. Her race was very impressive. It was cold and very windy. That was something to see."
Senior Amanda Bellish won the discus with a throw of 98-2. Junior Jocelyn Weaver finished second (96-5).
Sophomore Abby Young won the high jump with a leap of 4-8.
Sophomore Emma Hannan won the 1,600 with a time of 5:31.5. Sophomore Sarah Weldon placed second (5:49) and sophomore Riley Gaynor was third (5:51).
Sophomore Brenna Beucler won the 800 with a clocking of 2:26.5. Junior Subi Simmons finished second (2:39.1).
Beucler also won the 3,200 with a time of 11.43. Simmons placed second (13:05) and freshman Sofia Bogoniewsi finished third (13:11).
Hannan joined junior Nicole Jurado and Weldon and Jordyn Hopgood to win the 3,200 relay with a time of 10:32.
Gallagher and Pacsi combined with senior Angela Cuiffo and sophomore Riley Gaynor to win the 1,600 relay with a time of 4:24.
Seniors Dai’Shunai Steward and Ashley DiPenti joined forces with sophomore Marita Johnson and Julia Petty to win the 400 relay with a time of 54.3.
"It was good to see those girls do well after their rough week last week," Hildebrand said.
Sophomore Olivia Chauvin finished second (30-5) in the shot put. Weaver placed third (29 7 ½).
In the 200, Petty finished second (28.11) and sophomore Gabriella Offredo took third (29.27).
Petty placed second (13.78) and sophomore Marita Johnson captured third (13.97) in the 100.