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The 2017 season is barely a couple of weeks old, but it appears as though the Hudson girls track and field team is already hitting its stride.
There was ample evidence of that during the Lady Explorers' dual meet against Suburban League National Conference rival Cuyahoga Falls April 10. Hudson topped the host Lady Black Tigers by the score of 101-36 at the Laybourne Sports Complex.
"The meet went fantastic," Lady Explorers head coach Mike Schmidt said. "We had so many PRs [personal records] during the meet that it was kind of amazing."
Six Hudson athletes finished first in individual track events. Senior Megan Boyda won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.8 seconds and freshman Lauren Heidler captured first place in the 200 with an effort of 26.9.
In addition, junior Emily Akin finished first in the 400 (1:00) and junior Grace Turner was first in the 800 (2:29.6).
Other Lady Explorers (2-1, 2-1) who claimed first place in an individual track event were junior Cameron Bujaucius in the 1,600 (5:54) and junior Victoria Shriver in the 100 hurdles (16.6).
Four other Hudson athletes claimed victory in individual field events. Freshman Jocelyn Weaver won the discus with a throw of 96 feet, 10 inches, while sophomore Taylor Miller captured the long jump with a distance of 16-2.5.
Also placing first in individual track events were freshman Molly Stecker in the high jump with a height of 5-6 and senior Macy Lori in the pole vault with an effort of 10 feet.
The Lady Explorers swept all four relay races. The 400 relay team of Boyda, senior Giuliana LaMarca, Heidler and junior Jenna Reitenbach finished first with a time of 51.7.
Hudson's 800 relay contingent also finished first in 1:51.1. The members of that squad were junior Andrea Giaimo, senior Amy Morris, junior Bryn Strawbridge and Heidler.
The Lady Explorers' 1,600 relay unit crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 4:18.4. The members of that team were Akin, junior Ashley Gorze, Strawbridge and Morris.
Hudson's 3,200 relay squad was victorious, as well, posting a time of 10:02. That unit consisted of junior Grace Turner, Akin, junior Kalli Barret and junior Hannah Teed.
"The team's progress is amazing right now," Schmidt said. "I could not be happier with how we're running, jumping and throwing. Everyone on the team is improving and that's all I can ask for."
According to Schmidt, the Lady Explorers are rounding into shape more quickly than anticipated. Based on their recent performance, they're strong and deep in just about every area.
"We are overcoming all of our weaknesses from the beginning of the season," Schmidt said. "My girls are working extremely hard every day and I could not be prouder of them."
Hudson was scheduled to compete at the Golden Eagle Elite Meet April 15 at GlenOak High School in Canton. Results were not available at press time.
The Lady Explorers are set to host National Conference foe Stow-Munroe Falls April 18 at 4 p.m.