by Matt Deutsch
Despite the fact that the Hudson girls cross country team is relatively young, the Lady Explorers didn't perform like a young squad at the Golden Eagle Invitational Aug. 23.
That's because Hudson finished in third place overall at the event, which took place at GlenOak High School in Canton.
The Lady Explorers scored 121 points.
Nordonia won the 22-team invitational with 47 points, while Twinsburg placed second with 106 points.
"It was hot and humid," Hudson head coach Ed Hoffmeier said.
"The racing was not very fast with the weather conditions, but the girls put forth a great effort."
Freshman Elizabeth Hinkle was the top finisher for the Lady Explorers. She placed 15th with a time of 21 minutes, 18.3 seconds.
"Elizabeth ran strong and finished fast," Hoffmeier said.
In addition, Hudson senior Sarah Wolanske placed 17th with a time of 21:21.8.
"Sarah has been battling injuries for the past year, but she is beginning to come back into form," Hoffmeier said.
Behind those two were freshmen Cameron Bujaucius (19th in 21:22.3) and Hannah Teed (33rd in 22:02.8).
"Cameron ran another solid race to open up her high school career and Hannah ran a good race in the heat," Hoffmeier said.
Junior Arielle Dalea finished 37th with a time of 22:21.
"This is a young varsity squad that will only go faster as the season goes forward," Hoffmeier said.
That being said, Hoffmeier indicated that the Lady Explorers have started the 2014 campaign in fine fashion.
"We are very happy with the start of the season," he said. "Usually, we start off winning everything in sight, but this year we are looking for a gradual build to the end of the season. The girls are running well and giving a great effort. It should be a fine season."
Hudson dominated the junior varsity open race, posting 23 points. Wadsworth (57 points) placed second, and Nordonia (103 points) finished third.
Junior Audrey Moeglin and sophomore Morgan Kempf ran away from the field for Hudson, finishing first and second, respectively.
Moeglin recorded a time of 22:59.6 to win her first race. Kempf produced a time of 23:15.8.
The varsity squad is scheduled to run in the Mentor Invitational Aug. 30 at Garfield Park. The race is set to begin at 9 a.m.