The Hudson boys track and field team was missing plenty of athletes due to spring break in its first dual meet of the season.
However, the Explorers still put forth a valiant effort against Suburban League National Conference foe Nordonia March 28 at Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.
Despite that, the Knights topped Hudson by the score of 97-40.
According to head coach Mark McConnell, the Explorers who were available for the meet performed well in defeat.
"It was a good first meet of the year," he said. "We were missing a lot of guys to spring break, but I was very impressed with the performance of the guys who competed."
Adam Beucler led the way for Hudson. He finished first in three individual events. Beucler won the 800 (2 minutes, 8.4 seconds), the 1,600 (4:51.4) and the 3,200 (10:18.5).
Beucler was the only Explorer to finish first, but a number of other athletes scored points for Hudson (0-1, 0-1).
Dominic Weaver finished second in two individual events. He accomplished the feat in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 17.05 and the 300 intermediate hurdles with an effort of 45.5.
Due to the fact that they were missing so many athletes, many Explorers competed in more than one event against Nordonia.
Namin Cho was one of those Hudson athletes. He finished third in two individual events, doing so in the 110 high hurdles (19.2) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (47.2).
Like Beucler, Nivash Jayaram competed in three events. He was second in both the 100 (11.7) and the 200 (24.1) and he finished third in the 400 (55.1).
Also placing in multiple individual events for the Explorers was Max Doyle. He captured third place in the 100 with a time of 11.9 and third place in the 200 with an effort of 24.5.
Two other Hudson athletes claimed second place in an individual event. They were Ethan Smith in the 1,600 (5:01.6) and Andrew Goldslager in the 3,200 (10:53.6).
In addition, Cameron Danielly finished in third place in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 7 inches. Nathan Kravtiz and Noah Beseda tied for third place in the pole vault with a height of 9-6.
Despite the fact that it was the first meet of the season, the Explorers and Knights were able to compete in favorable weather conditions.
"The conditions were great for running and the boys made the best of it," McConnell said.
Hudson is scheduled to host National Conference rival North Royalton April 4 at 4 p.m. The meet is set to begin at 4 p.m.
"It should be a good meet," McConnell said. "We had a close one with them last year and I expect us to be back at full strength. I'm interested to see how it goes."