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The host Hudson boys track and field team made a stellar Northeast Ohio Conference River Division debut with a 75-62 victory over North Royalton April 9 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
The Explorers lost to the Bears last year.
"It was a very balanced performance," Hudson head coach Dave Caplin said. "We got a lot of points from a lot of people all over the place. It has been an encouraging start to the season.
The Explorers' top distance runners ran in the 800-meter race.
Kyle Mau won in 2 minutes, 5.3 seconds and teammate Gavin Gaynor took second (2:06.1).
Gaynor, Andrew Bitter, Connor Sinko and Mau led the 3,200 relay to victory (8:39). Sinko added a win in the 1,600 (4:46).
"They dominated the sprints and we dominated the distance and middle distance," Caplin said.
Adam Green took first in the 100 hurdles (15.9) and 300 hurdles (42.5). His teammate, Matthew Gold, finished second in the 100 hurdles (15.9) and 300 hurdles (43.3).
John Brandon won both the shot-put and discus events. He had a toss of 40 feet, 5 inches in the shot and 156-9 in the discus.
Other Hudson victories came from Logan Thomas, who tied for first in the high jump (5-10), Matthew Hallgarth in the 3,200 (10:31) and the 1,600 relay team of Green, Doni Moffa, Seamus Mooney and Marty McDonald (3:35.3).
"The fact that Logan is jumping that high with minimal practice and exposure is a great thing," Caplin said. "I'm optimistic that he will get stronger as the season progresses."
Thomas Bevan took second in the long jump (19-6) and McDonald and Thomas finished in a tie for third (19-1).
"That was encouraging," Caplin said. "We haven't had three guys at 19 feet in a long time."
McDonald finished second in the 400 (53.5) and third in the 100 (11.7). Lucas Wilch placed second in the shot put (35-11).
Other third places came from Blake Roberts in the 1,600 (4:57), freshman Nick Zehnal in the 200 (24.9). Matt Stevenot in the 3,200 (10:39), Eric Terry in the discus (103-7) and Matt Baker in the shot put (35-3).
The Explorers were scheduled to compete at the Lexington Invitational April 12. Results were not available at press time. They are set to visit River Division rival Stow-Munroe Falls April 16 at 4:30 p.m.
Girls fall to rival
The host Hudson girls track and field team fell to 0-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division rival North Royalton April 9 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
The Lady Explorers got two wins from Natalie Barnett. She placed first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.88 seconds and the 200 (27.1).
She also was part of the 800 relay team that also featured Erin Torrence, Lauren Gorze and Brooke Royster. That team won with a time of 1:51.8.
Sarah Wolanske added a win in the 1,600 and Arielle Dalea placed first in the 800.
The 1,600 relay team of Ali Baylor, Amy Morris, Victoria Breeden and Erin Torrence also won (4:20.2).
Hudson was scheduled to compete at the Lexington Invitational April 12. Results were not available at press time.
The Lady Explorers are set to visit River Division rival Stow-Munroe Falls April 16 at 4:30 p.m.