by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
When Hudson head boys track and field coach Dave Caplin gathered his athletes after the meet, he wanted to make one thing clear.
"I wanted them to shake the field-event guys' hands," Caplin said. "They won the meet for us."
Thanks to the Explorers strong performance in the field events, they improved to 2-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division after posting a 85-51 victory over Cuyahoga Falls April 24 on the road.
Hudson scored 36 of 45 points in the field events.
Logan Thomas, who is finally healthy after being hindered by a knee injury, won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet and the long jump (20 feet, 1 inch).
"That is the first time Logan has cleared six feet," Caplin said. "That's a huge milestone for him."
John Brandon also was a double winner for the Explorers. He took first in the shot put (40-11.5) and the discus (155 feet).
Kyle Mau narrowly edged out his teammate, Gavin Gaynor in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. They both finished with times of 4 minutes, 39 seconds and 10:40, respectively.
Adam Green was Hudson's other two-event winner with victories in the 110 hurdles (16.3) and 300 hurdles (42.1).
Also taking first for the Explorers were Jacob Teed in the pole vault (8-6), Marty McDonald in the 400 (53.9) and the 1,600 relay team of Green, Matthew Gold, Alex O'Keefe and McDonald (3:42).
"The distance kids dominated as expected," Caplin said. "The 4x4 [1,600 relay] had a spirited win."
Placing second for Hudson were Andrew Bitter in the 800 (2:11), Gold in the 300 hurdles (43.2), Michael Lovano in the pole vault (8 feet), Doni Moffa in the 400 (55.5) and Tom Bevan in the long jump (19-3).
Third-place finishes were turned in by Matt Stevenot in the 3,200 (10:49), Connor Sinko in the 1,600 (4:47), Matthew Hallgarth in the 800 (2:15), Gold in the 110 hurdles (18.3), Matthew Baker in the shot put (38-9.5) and McDonald in the long jump (18-9).
The Explorers (2-1 overall) were missing 400 standout Alex Huber (back injury) and sprinter Seamus Mooney (leg). Caplin is hoping both runners will be available this week.
Hudson was scheduled to compete at the Reinhart Relays April 26 at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Results were not available at press time.
The Explorers are set to host River Division rival Mayfield April 30 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.