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by Matt Deutsch
Talent, experience and depth has formed the backbone of the Hudson girls cross country team. And all three were on display Sept. 3.
As a result, the Lady Explorers finished first in the National Conference of the Suburban League Super Duals.
The competition took place at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton.
Hudson defeated all seven of its opponents.
The Lady Explorers defeated National Conference rivals Brecksville-Broadview Heights (19-44), North Royalton (19-44), Twinsburg (27-28), Stow-Munroe Falls (23-36), Cuyahoga Falls (18-45), Wadsworth (15-48) and Nordonia (20-35).
Twinsburg posted a 6-1 record to place second and Nordonia (5-2) captured third.
AnnaMarie DiGiacco of Highland finished first overall in the varsity race, producing a time of 18 minutes, 51 seconds.
A total of 140 runners from both the National and American conferences participated.
Hudson junior Elizabeth Hinkle placed fourth in 19:35, while Lady Explorer junior Kalli Barrett finished 12th in 20:25.
Rounding out the top five for Hudson were juniors Ashley Gorze (17th in 20:33), Hannah Teed (21st in 20:39) and junior Cameron Bujaucius (25th in 20:44).
Lady Explorers head coach Jamie Davis was quite pleased with the performance.
"We raced very well," he said. "I'm extremely happy with the outcome."
Hudson also made some noise in the open race.
Three Lady Explorers finished in the top five. Freshman Sarah Hinkle won the race with a time of 22:19.
"This was Sarah's second high school race ever," Davis said.
In addition, junior Julia Stiles finished fourth in 22:44 and freshman Maggie Palumbo placed fifth by registering a time of 22:45.
Senior Adeline Wickerman crossed the finish line in 12th place. She posted a time of 23:14 in the process.
Hudson's fifth finisher was junior Alissa Hitchcock, who placed 22nd with an effort of 23:34.
Depth is definitely a strength of the Lady Explorers this season. Davis hopes that will help continue to give them an edge over the competition in the National Conference.
"We're a deep team and we're racing better than last year," he said. "Our conference is tough, but we're feeling pretty strong."
Hudson is scheduled to compete at the Bruce Lerch Invitational Sept. 10 at Brecksivlle-Broadview Heights High School.
Racing is set to begin at 8 a.m.
"Again, we will face a lot of tough competition," Davis said.