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Hudson boys track squad places fifth at Stow

Published: April 30, 2014 12:00 AM
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The Hudson boys track and field team finished fifth with 59 points at the Reinhart Relays April 26 at Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Walsh Jesuit won the six-team competition with 108 points.

Strongsville took second (96) and Stow placed third (92).

Brecksville-Broadview Heights finished fourth (86) and Akron Firestone captured sixth (40).

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Blake Roberts was the Explorers' lone winner in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 10 minutes, 12.44 seconds. Hudson also had a big day in the field events.

"Everybody that left the ground in their events had a good day," Hudson head coach Dave Caplin said.

John Brandon won the discus competition with a meet-record throw of 156 feet, 4 inches.

Logan Thomas and Jack Linert finished in a tie for second with a leap of 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump.

"Jack's jump was a personal best," Caplin said. "He is really coming on. He already cleared a higher height than he did at the district meet."

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Thomas also took third in the long jump with a leap of 21-2.

"Logan's jump was the longest since David Burke in 2006," Caplin said. "Jack also had an all-time best of 19-3.5."

Thomas Bevan, who has been dealing with a leg injury, did not compete.

"When Tom gets healthy, we'll have three guys in the long jump," Caplin said. "We haven't had that in years."

Brandon added a third in the shot put with a toss of 41-10.5 and teammate Dave Lizanich placed fourth (41-5).

"Dave looks good in the shot," Caplin said.

Jacob Teed finished in a tie for seventh place in the pole vault (9 feet).

"Jacob almost got 10 feet," Caplin said. "He got over the bar and grabbed it."

Also placing in the top six for the Explorers were:

110-meter hurdles: Adam Green, fourth, 16.01 seconds; and Matthew Gold, sixth, 16.71

6,400 relay: Connor Sinko, Matthew Hallgarth, Matt Stevenot and Andrew Bitter, fifth, 19:51.95

800 relay: Green, Alex O'Keefe, Doni Moffa and Logan Thomas, fifth, 1:38.15

Shuttle hurdles: Green, Gold, Namin Cho and Jaret Hildebrand, fourth, 1:09.84

400 relay: Jake Gamertsfelder, Doni Moffa, O'Keefe and Brian Shawd, sixth, 48.51

Distance medley: Bitter, Sinko, Ian Liljestrand and Nick Moffitt, fifth, 12:07.43

Sprint medley: Green, O'Keefe, Moffa and Gold, fourth, 1:47.57

1,600 relay: Green, O'Keefe, Moffa and Gold, fourth, 3:40.88

Sprinter Seamus Mooney and 400 standout Alex Huber did not compete because of injuries. Caplin also decided not to run standout distance runners Gavin Gaynor and Kyle Mau.

"Thomas Bevan is out until [May 3] and we're hoping Seamus and Alex will be back this week," Caplin said. "We had some really strong individual performances."

Caplin also didn't run sprinter Michael Lovano, who did not compete because of an illness.

Lovano will not compete in the pole vault for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury.

Hudson is scheduled to host Northeast Ohio Conference River Division rival Mayfield April 30 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. The meet is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Caplin plans to take his top performers to the Optimist Meet, which is scheduled for May 3 at Austintown Fitch High School. The action is set to begin at noon.

"We'll see some of the best schools in the region," Caplin said.

The rest of the team is scheduled to participate in the Wooster Kiwanis Invitational May 3 at 9 a.m.

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