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by Matt Deutsch
When it comes to cross country, resting is just as much a part of training as the actual training.
The Hudson girls cross country squad rested many of its top runners at the Woodridge Invitational Oct. 1 at Kendall Hills in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula.
According to Lady Explorers head coach Jamie Davis, Hudson is focused on finishing the regular season strong in anticipation of the all-important postseason meets.
"We rested our top 10 runners this week in preparation for the remaining meets and the postseason," Davis said.
The Lady Explorers finished ninth overall in a field of 20 teams with 291 points.
Woodridge won the invitational with 38 points, while Twinsburg was second with 53 points and Brecksville-Broadview Heights placed third with 122 points.
"Considering we rested our top 10 runners, we ran about as expected," Davis said. "Woodridge is a very challenging course."
Grand Valley's Grace Steimle finished first out of 161 runners with a time of 20 minutes, 47.2 seconds. Freshman Subi Simmons was the first varsity finisher for Hudson, placing 48th with a time of 24:45.4. In addition, freshman Nicole Jurado finished 60th (25:18.8) and junior Katherine Travis was 61st (25:21.4).
Rounding out the top five for the Lady Explorers were freshman Maggie Palumbo (66th in 25:39.2) and sophomore Grace Myers (84th in 26:13.1).
The next three finishers for Hudson were senior Meredith Sciartelli (85th in 26:14.7), freshman Amy Fulton (90th in 26:20.9) and sophomore Julia Stiles (99th in 27:03.6).
"Subi Simmons had a great day, considering the fact she's coming off an injury and how challenging the course is," Davis said.
The Lady Explorers also excelled in the junior varsity race. Hudson placed fourth overall in a field of 11 teams with 109 points.
Once again, Woodridge finished in first place, this time accounting for 43 points. Aurora placed second
with 59 points and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy took third place with 65 points.
There were 158 runners in the junior varsity race.
The Lady Explorers had two runners in the top 10. They were senior Adeline Wickerham in eighth place (25:02.6) and sophomore Caroline Ricard in 10th place (25:06.8). Rounding out the top five for Hudson were senior Sydney Cravener (31st 26:24.2), junior Olivia Liljestrand (32nd in 26:29.5) and sophomore Abigail Wickerham (39th in 26:57.6).
Next was sophomore Sophia Ricard in 40th place with a time of 27:01. Senior Sydney Booth was 49th with an effort of 27:29.8. Junior Corinne Agnor finished in 51st place, posting a time of 27:34.3 in the process.
"The team is gearing up and training hard for the postseason," Davis said. "We are focusing on performing well during the remainder of the season."
The Lady Explorers are scheduled to run at the Stow Invitational Oct. 8 at Silver Springs Park. Racing is set to begin at 9 a.m.
"We're all really excited to race at Stow," Davis said. "We are going to bring everything against the competition."