by Matt Deutsch | Correspondent
The Hudson boys cross country team competed at the Wooster Invitational at Wooster High School Sept. 7, easily winning the event by posting 36 points.
"The team is coming together very nicely and I couldn't be more proud of these guys," said Hudson head coach Dave Caplin. "We had an exceptionally hard week of practice in preparation for the meet and it really paid off."
Wooster finished second with 100 points and Madison Lake placed third (110 points). A total of 17 teams competed.
The Explorers placed their top five scoring runners among the first 13 finishers.
Hudson junior Kyle Mau was the overall winner .
He finished with a time of 15 minutes, 50 seconds, breaking the pre-existing course record of 16:16, which was held by several runners.
Sophomore Gavin Gaynor was second with a season-best performance of 16:09. He also broke the course record.
"Kyle equaled his time from last week, and all of the other varsity runners improved their times from the previous week," said Caplin. "All seven members of our varsity squad finished under 18 minutes and our 1-to-7 time spread is coming down."
Sophomore Matt Hallgarth finished in eighth place with a season-best time of 17:04. Freshman Blake Roberts placed 12th with an effort of 17:28 and freshman Connor Sinko captured 13th in 17:31. Rounding out the top seven for the Explorers were junior Andrew Bitter (21st, 17:50) and sophomore Matt Stevenot (23rd, 17:53).
Although not a scored race, the Hudson junior varsity team also had a stellar performance, placing 10 runners in the top 13 spots.
Freshman Will Carson led the way, winning the race by posting a time of 18:26. Sophomore Clayton Travis placed second with an effort of 18:29 and senior Michael Rossi finished third in 18:46.
Hudson is scheduled to compete in the Boardman Spartan Invitational Sept. 14 at Boardman High School. The race is set to begin at 1 p.m.
"Boardman is one of the best races we run all year," said Caplin. "It's a good preview of the regional meet, and it puts us up against many of the teams we have to beat in order to advance to the state championships. This is a gut-check race and really shows us how we stack up against many of the best teams in the state."