In its first invitational of the 2017 season, the Hudson boys track and field team had a solid performance and impressed its head coach, Mark McConnell.
That meet was the Lexington Invitational, which took place April 8 at Lexington High School. The Explorers finished in seventh place overall, scoring 47.5 points in a field of 13 teams.
Strongsville was the overall winner with 125.5 points. Canton GlenOak finished second with 103 points, while Dublin Coffman placed third with 82.5 points.
According to McConnell, Hudson exceeded expectations in a number of areas.
"I was happy with a lot of what we did at this meet," he said. "We scored points where I expected us to do so and we got a few surprises, too."
Sophomore Adam Beucler led the way for Hudson. He notched the Explorers' only first-place finish, doing so in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 9 minutes, 40.37 seconds.
Senior Blake Roberts finished second in an individual event. He accomplished the feat in the 1,600 with a time of 4:27.3.
Hudson junior Dawson Wervey finished third in a pair of individual events. He was third in the 400 with a time of 51.61 and he tied for third place in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 10 inches.
In addition, sophomore Jacob Russo placed fourth in the 3,200 (9:57.28) and senior John Marcinkiewicz finished eighth in the shot put (43-1.25).
Three of the Explorers' relay teams also scored points during the meet.
One was the 6,400 relay team of junior Eric Halford, junior Jack Good, freshman Michael Von Ville and sophomore Kenneth McCaughey. That unit finished in fourth place with a time of 19:14.62.
Hudson's 1,600 relay contingent of seniors Nicholas Zehnal and Connor Sinko, freshman Luke Good and Wervey crossed the finish line in sixth place, posting a time of 3:35.81.
The other Explorers' relay squad to score points was the 800 relay unit of junior Zack Rickey, senior Sam Durkin, sophomore Nivash Jayaram and Zehnal. That team placed eighth with an effort of 1:37.19.
"For our first invitational, I was very pleased with the effort and work that the guys put in," McConnell said. "The conditions were great and the guys took advantage of them."
McConnell was especially pleased with his underclassmen, who had never participated in a varsity invitational before.
"I was very proud of our freshmen and sophomores, many performing in their first invitational, and how they handled the big meet," he said.
Hudson was scheduled to visit Suburban League National Conference rival Cuyahoga Falls April 10 at the Laybourne Sports Complex. Results were not available at press time.
The Explorers are set to compete at the Golden Eagle Elite Meet April 15 at GlenOak High School in Canton. The competition is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
"I'm pleased with the progress the team is making at this point of the season," McConnell said. "A lot of the members of the team have already met season goals or are getting close to them. It will be interesting to see how the team does as more guys hit their goals over the next month."