by Michael Leonard
Stow -- Jamie Davis made it clear what he thought his team's goal should be at the Stow Bulldog Invitational.
"First place," the Hudson head girls cross country coach said with a smile.
Davis may have ended up disappointed in that regard, but he was not disappointed with his team's effort.
The Lady Explorers finished third with 67 points at the Bulldog Invitational, which took place Oct. 8 at Silver Springs Park in Stow. Woodridge won the girls' title in the 12-team field with 59 points, while Twinsburg took second with 65 points.
Davis said he was "absolutely" happy with his girls' efforts, noting he wasn't too worried about times on the fast course at Stow.
"Our goal was just to perform as well as we could as individuals and as a team," Davis said. "We weren't concerned about time because we knew it would be fast."
Hudson juniors Elizabeth Hinkle and Kalli Barrett were stride for stride with each other in the home stretch.
The Lady Explorer duo came in just behind the leaders, as Hinkle was fifth in 18 minutes, 43.43 seconds, while Barrett was sixth in 18:43.84.
Chardon's Mikaylie Park won the girls' race in a time of 18:23.9. A total of 116 runners competed.
The key to Woodridge's win was all five of its runners came home in the top 15.
Meanwhile, junior Ashley Gorze finished 16th for Hudson in 19:19, while junior teammates Cameron Bujaucius was 19th in 19:26.53 and Hannah Teed rounded out the scoring runs in 21st place in 19:28.21.
"All of our [scoring] girls were in the top ," Davis said. "You have to be happy with that."
The Lady Explorers also had sophomore Eve Ramlow (36th, 19:54.09), junior Grace Turner (33rd, 19:52.06) and sophomore Margaret Moffitt (37th, 19:58.04) break the 20-minute barrier at Stow.
Freshman Leah Hartman (39th, 20:08.04) and freshman Sarah Hinkle (50th, 20:23) also ran for Hudson in the varsity race.
In the open race, the Lady Explorers had three runners in the top 10.
Katherine Travis led the way with a second-place time of 21:32.32 and teammate Maggie Palumbo took third in 21:43.4.
Rounding out the top five for Hudson were freshmen Amy Fulton (ninth, 22:15.12), Subi Simmons (14th, 22:27.25) and Nicole Jurado (18th, 22:30.23).
The Lady Explorers look to maintain their grip on the Suburban League National Conference at the Suburban League Championships, which is scheduled for Oct. 15 at Goodyear Metro Park in Akron. The National Conference girls race is set for noon.