The Hudson girls track and field team was back at full strength for its meet against Suburban League National Conference opponent North Royalton April 4 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
And the Lady Explorers took full advantage of their expanded numbers, posting a convincing 87-50 victory over the Lady Bears.
Hudson wasn't just competing against North Royalton, either. The Lady Explorers also were battling gusty and windy weather conditions.
"We did awesome considering we were running into 30 mile-per-hour winds," Hudson head coach Mike Schmidt said.
The Lady Explorers (1-1, 1-1) finished in first place in a number of events. Junior Cameron Bujaucius claimed first in a pair of individual events. She accomplished the feat in the 1,600-meter race with a time of 5 minutes, 51 seconds and the 3,200 with an effort of 12:45.
Four other Hudson athletes captured first place in individual track events.
They were juniors Jenna Reitenbach in the 100 (13.3), Victoria Shriver in the 100 hurdles (17.2), Andrea Giaimo in the 200 (28.2) and Ashley Gorze in the 400 (1:04.47).
In addition, three Hudson athletes placed first in individual track events. Junior Brynn Meyer won the shot put with a heave of 27 feet, 7 inches, while senior Christina Core claimed the discus title with a throw of 82-5.
Not only did freshman Molly Stecker win the high jump, but she also set a personal record in the event with a height of 5-5.
The Lady Explorers finished first in a pair of relay races. The 800 relay (1:53) and the 1,600 (4:26.7). The members of the 800 relay were Giaimo, senior Amy Morris, junior Bryn Strawbridge and freshman Lauren Heidler. The members of the 1,600 relay were Strawbridge, Gorze, senior Sydney Booth and Morris.
Schmidt was pleased with not just the victory, but also with the way in which Hudson won. The Lady Explorers did not let the weather or the elements distract them or affect their performance.
"I am very proud of the way our team performed considering the conditions," Schmidt said. "We had girls almost getting their PRs [personal records] running into a 20 to 30 mile-per-hour wind. I can't wait to see what they can do on a nice day."
According to Schmidt, he expects many of his team's meets in the National Conference to be close affairs that go down to the wire.
That was the case on more than one occasion last season and he sees no reason why it won't be the same this year.
"Last year, three meets came down to the 4x400 [1,600] relay," Schmidt said. "I expect nothing but the same this year. Each meet is going to be challenging, and I'm going to prepare my girls to compete."
The Lady Explorers were scheduled to compete at the Lexington Invitational April 8. Results were not available at press time.
Hudson is set to visit National Conference rival Cuyahoga Falls April 10 at the Laybourne Sports Complex. The competition is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
"Our goal as a team is to make small strides each week," Schmidt said. "So if we do that, we will all be happy."