The last two meets weren't a pretty sight for the Hudson boys track and field team.
Fortunately for the Explorers, the Woodridge Wrap-Up was a thing of beauty.
Hudson finished fourth with 85 points at the Woodridge Wrap-Up May 10 in Peninsula.
Copley won the nine-team competition with 113 points.
Stow-Munroe Falls (105) and Woodridge (100) placed second and third, respectively.
The Explorers struggled in their 77-60 loss to Strongsville May 7 and they didn't have their best day at the Wooster Invitational May 3.
"Overall, I thought the team bounced back very well," Hudson head coach Dave Caplin said. "They had a very spirited day.
"It was a considerable step up and a good springboard of momentum going into the conference meet."
The Explorers set two meet records at Woodridge.
Kyle Mau won the 3,200-meter race with a meet-record time of 9 minutes, 6.41 seconds. John Brandon set a meet record with a first-place toss of 167 feet, 8 inches in the discus.
While Mau dominated his race, teammate Gavin Gaynor also had a stellar finish in the 3,200. He placed second in 9:25.43.
"Both Kyle and Kevin set PRs [personal records]," Caplin said. "The third-place kid was more than a minute back. They decimated the field."
It wasn't long ago when Caplin first experimented with the idea of putting Adam Green and Doni Moffa in the 3,200 relay.
Get used to the that lineup for the rest of the season.
"We're committed to it," Caplin said. "We're sacrificing points for a chance to get to state. They are totally motivated."
They certainly were May 10.
That team, which included regular 800 runners Michael Spaans and Connor Sinko, took third in 8:20.34.
"Adam and Doni ran incredible 800s," Caplin said. "They continue to make strides even though they are new to the event. Green ran a 2:01 and Moffa was in the 2:04 range."
Logan Thomas finished second in the high jump at 6 feet and David Lizanich placed fourth in the shot put (43-9).
"Logan is back at six feet after going 5-10 last week," Caplin said. "David is gaining momentum in the shot put."
Blake Roberts took sixth with a personal-best time of 4:44.12 in the 1,600. Although he did not score, Matthew Hallgarth also posted a personal-best clocking of 4:47.79.
Marty McDonald captured fifth with a time of 52.37 in the 400.
"Marty almost had a personal best," Caplin said.
Also finishing in the top eight for Hudson were the following:
• 800 relay: Green, Alex O'Keefe, Seamus Mooney and Thomas, seventh, 1:40.43
• 400 relay: Thomas Bevan, Brian Shawd, Billy Friend and Jake Gamertsfelder, seventh, 46.66
• 300 hurdles: Matthew Gold, fourth, 42.02
• 200: Mooney, sixth, 23.42
• 1,600 relay: Mooney, Gold, Alex O'Keefe and McDonald, seventh, 3:45.28
• High jump: Jack Linert, fifth, 5-8
• Long jump: Bevan, third, 18-6; and Thomas, fourth, 18-5.5
• Pole vault: Jacob Teed, seventh, 9-6
The Explorers are scheduled to compete in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division Meet May 14 at Mayfield High School. The field events are set to begin at 2:30 p.m.
"We've got some forward momentum," Caplin said. "We just need to channel that into the postseason meets and that starts with the conference meet."