The Hudson boys cross country team failed to win an invitational for the first time the previous week.

Let’s just say the Explorers’ time away from winner’s circle was extremely short-lived.

Hudson scored 67 points to win the 19-team Strongsville Vertical Runner Cross Country Invitational Saturday. Louisville was the runner-up with 82 points and Cleveland St. Ignatius placed third with 86 points.

Steven Zucca of the Wildcats won the 155-member race with a time of 15 minutes, 52.27 seconds. The Explorers, who finished fifth at the Boardman Spartan Invitational the previous week, had two runners in the top five and three runners in the top 12.

Andrew Goldslager led Hudson with a third-place clocking of 16:13.24. Not far behind was Titan Casey, who finished fifth in 16:18.08.

Jack Root placed 12th in 16:33.25. Rounding out the top five for the Explorers were Luke Good (20th, 16:51.76) and Ethan Smith (27th, 17:08.39).

"The boys had a great race this weekend," Hudson head coach Mark McConnell said. "Andrew was really impressive, finishing third in the high humidity. St. Ignatius and Louisville are two teams we will have to compete with if we want to go to the state meet this year. It is always good to see them before then. I’m very happy with how my guys competed against them."