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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Perhaps Hudson head boys track and field coach Dave Caplin said it best when it came to his team's meet April 16.
Heck, it probably could sum up just how spring has been like thus far.
"It was freaking cold," Caplin said.
The temperatures will eventually rise. Caplin hopes the performances of his athletes will too.
For now, the Explorers will continue to fine-tune some things.
That was the case during their 78-59 loss to Northeast Ohio Conference River Division rival Stow-Munroe Falls on the road.
With the loss, Hudson dropped to 1-1 in the River Division.
"We used everybody, but they were not in all of their traditional races," Caplin said. "It was sort of in response to the weather and as well as where we are at this point of the season. We still had quality performances."
Not surprisingly, the Explorers' dynamic distance-running duo led the way.
Kyle Mau won the 800-meter race with a time of 1 minute, 58.1 seconds and Gavin Gaynor took first in the 1,600 (4:24.65).
They also joined Connor Sinko and Matthew Hallgarth on the winning 3,200 relay team (8:40).
"Gavin has run faster, but it was a decisive win," Caplin said. "The 4x8 [3,200] easily won the race, but it wasn't a championship time.
"We were looking for the performances rather than times."
Hudson also shined in the hurdle events.
The Explorers took the top three spots in the 110 hurdles. Adam Green led the way with a time of 16.57 and teammates Matthew Gold (17.44) and Jared Hildebrand (18.73) placed second and third, respectively.
Green also took first (42.17) in the 300 hurdles, edging out Gold (42.19) for the win.
"Matthew ran the race of his life," Caplin said. "It was a considerable leap for him."
John Brandon continues to excel in the throwing events.
He took first in the shot put with a toss of 43 feet, 4 inches and the discus (162 feet).
"John has been coming on solidly all year," Caplin said. "I believe that was his best throw in the discus."
Hudson's other win came from freshman Blake Roberts, who ran a 10:24.62 in the 3,200.
"Blake was a really nice surprise," Caplin said.
Other second-place finishes came from Seamus Mooney in the 200 (23.7), Jack Linart in the high jump (5-4) and Thomas Bevan in the long jump (19-7.75).
Also finishing third were Nick Moffitt in the 3,200 (time not available), Sinko in the 800 (2:08.7) and Michael Lovano in the pole vault (9 feet).
"We're strong in the distance runs and weaker with less depth in the sprints," Caplin said. "Stow won all three sprint relays and they swept us in the 100 and took first and third in the 200."
The Explorers were scheduled to compete in the Warrior Relays April 19 at Walsh Jesuit High School. Results were not available at press time.
They are set to visit River Division foe Cuyahoga Falls April 23 at 4:30 p.m.
Caplin hopes to have Alex Huber back in the lineup soon. Huber, a standout in the 200 and 400 races, has been out with a stress fracture in his vertebrae.
"He is medically cleared and we're trying to ease him back into workouts," Caplin said. "We don't want to race him too hard too fast. He's a great kid who works hard."