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The Hudson boys track and field team squared off against the defending Suburban League National Conference champion April 25 on the road.
Although the Explorers suffered a defeat, they did not back down from Wadsworth. The Grizzlies topped Hudson by the score of 96-41.
Despite the defeat, Explorers head coach Mark McConnell was pleased with the effort and perseverance of his squad. He also tipped his hat to the Grizzlies.
"Wadsworth is the best team in the league," McConnell said. "I was pleased with how our guys competed against the defending league champs. They were the better team."
Hudson had just three athletes who finished first in individual events. Two of them were in the track events.
Junior Dawson Wervey finished first in the 400-meter race with a time of 51.1 seconds, while sophomore Adam Beucler placed first in the 3,200 with an effort of 9:27.
The Explorers also notched a first-place finish in an individual field event.
Senior John Marcinkiewicz accomplished the feat in the shot put, launching the put a distance of 41 feet. Hudson was not able to finish first in any of the relay races.
With the loss, the Explorers' overall record on the season slid to 4-2. Hudson also is 4-2 in the National Conference.
According to McConnell, his team has not backed down, regardless of the strength of the opponent.
He is hopeful that the Explorers will be able to finish the conference portion of their schedule on a high note.
"Our team has not looked away from any competition so far," he said. "We look to finish league play with a strong win next week."
Hudson was scheduled to compete at the Poland Invitational April 29. Results were not available at press time.
The Explorers are set to visit National Conference rival Brecksville-Broadview Heights May 2 at 4 p.m.
"They will be tough," McConnell said of the Bees. "We hope to end with a win."
The good news for Hudson is that the Explorers have reached this point of the season with little in the way of injuries. That will help them gear up for the all-important postseason meets.
"The team is relatively healthy," McConnell said. "There's nothing out of the ordinary that usually happens during our regular season."