by Matt Deutsch
The Hudson boys cross country team is continuing to develop and improve.
While that happens, the Explorers also are continuing to win.
Hudson's latest victory occurred Sept. 10 at the Wooster Invitational.
The Explorers won the 18-team meet with 21 points. Wooster finished in second place with 58 points, while Akron Firestone was a distant third with 137 points.
Hudson was dominant in the varsity race. The Explorers squeezed five runners into the top 10.
Senior Blake Roberts finished first overall with a time of 16 minutes, 41 seconds, while sophomore Adam Beucler placed second (16:45), and sophomore Jacob Russo captured third (17:01). A total of 122 runners competed.
Rounding out the top five for Hudson were sophomore Evan Manley (fifth in 17:13) and junior Eric Halford (10th in 17:30).
According to Explorers head coach Mark McConnell, he's pleased not only with his teams' performance at the Wooster Invitational, but also with how well his team has fared to this point in the 2016 campaign.
"I'm happy how the team is racing," McConnell said. "The guys are not shying away from the competition. We're winning meets that we're supposed to win, which is important."
Hudson also won the open race, again scoring 21 points en route to victory. Wooster finished in second place with 36 points and Lodi Cloverleaf placed third with 85 points.
And once again, the Explorers squeezed five runners into the top 10.
Freshman Michael Von Ville finished in first place with a time of 17:51, while sophomore Brian Kinnear was second with an effort of 18:62.
Sophomore Blake Hartline crossed the finish line in third place (8:26). The rest of Hudson's top five included freshman Luke Good (sixth in 18:40) and freshman Andrew Goldslager (ninth in 18:49).
While the Explorers continue to win, McConnell also has placed a continuous emphasis on improvement.
"We're still training hard, so the guys are not at the level they will be at later in the year," McConnell said.
Hudson is scheduled to compete at the Boardman Spartan Invitational Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.