by Matt Deutsch
The Hudson girls cross country squad put together a solid performance at a Division I district meet Oct. 19 at Goodyear Metro Park in Akron.
The Lady Explorers finished fourth overall with 106 points, good enough to qualify for the regional competition as a team. The regional meet is set to take place Oct. 26 at Boardman High School in Youngstown. The race is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.
Nordonia won the meet with 57 points and Walsh Jesuit (64) and Brecksville-Broadview Heights (97) finished second and third, respectively.
"It was a very competitive field," said Hudson head coach Ed Hoffmeier. "The course was slick and the temperature was very cold by the end of the day."
Walsh's Melinda Renuart placed first out of 83 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 21.26 seconds.
Sarah Wolanske led the way for the Lady Explorers. She finished 11th overall with a time of 20:23.03.
"Sarah has been the workhorse all season," said Hoffmeier.
In addition, freshman Gabby Palazzo placed 16th with a time of 20:37.05, senior Madison VanDyke was 20th with an effort of 20:54.05 and senior Kate McGregor was 25th with a time of 21:00.82
Sophomore Arielle Dalea finished 34th with a time of 21:37.89
"She has struggled with injuries all season, but we think she will be flying [Oct. 26]," said Hoffmeier of Dalea.
Sophomore Ellie Stiles had the flu on Saturday, but she still performed well, posting a time of 21:39.12 and finishing in 35th place.
"She gutted the race out," said Hoffmeier. "It was a great performance considering how she felt.
"Adeline Wickerham [37th, 22:00.32] had the freshman nerves. It was a big race for a freshman. I think she will run great [Oct. 26]and enjoy the day."
The top four teams and top 16 individuals not part of a qualifying squad will advance to the state meet.
"It will be a tough fight, but I think the girls still haven't ran their best together as a team," Hoffmeier said.
Hoffmeier also took a moment to commend the parents of the athletes.
"The parents have been great this season and very supportive," he said.