by Matt Deutsch | Correspondent
For the first time in the past few years, it didn't rain at the Brecksville Cross Country Invitational Sept. 7 in Broadview Heights.
While that was a pleasant surprise, the Woodridge girls also were surprising, edging out Hudson for first place with 56 points.
The Lady Explorers were second with 68 points, while Brecksville placed third with 85 points. A total of 22 teams competed.
According to Hudson head coach Ed Hoffmeier, the weather conditions were welcome.
"It was the first time in five years we didn't have six inches of rain and mud," said Hoffmeier. "The course was tough. Our strategy was to get out fast because of the narrow first turn, get into a rhythm and then with a 1,000 meters to go, attack the final climb and run for home. It worked well. All the girls were making passes at the end."
Brecksville's Olivia Cook placed first out of 151 runners with a time of 20 minutes. 12 seconds.
Sarah Wolanske finished in fifth place overall with a clocking of 20:38 to lead the Lady Explorers.
Madison VanDyke placed 13th in 21:29 and Gabby Palazzo captured 15th in 21:31.
In addition, Kate McGregor finished 16th (21:34), Ellie Stiles placed 19th (21:36), Ariel Dalea finished 24th (22:10) and Adeline Wickerham placed 33rd (22:41).
Meanwhile, Hudson also finished first in the open race, cruising to victory with 31 points. Woodridge was second with 48 points, while Brecksville garnered third place (60 points).
Evie Thorne led the way, finishing third with a time of 22:15, while Katie Castrigano captured fourth (22:33) and Casey Watson placed fifth (22:36).
Behind that trio were Natalie Stiles in 11th place (11:55), Morgan Kempf in 12th place (22:59), Angela Restifo in 15th place (23:36) and Leah Ambroziak in 20th place (23:38)
"It was a great day of running with great results," said Hoffmeier.
Aided by some great weather.
The Lady Explorers are scheduled to run in the Boardman Spartan Invitational Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.