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Girls track earns sixth straight win

By MATT DEUTSCH Correspondent Published: May 7, 2017 12:00 AM
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The Hudson High School girls track and field team lost its first dual meet of the 2017 season.

The Lady Explorers have not tasted defeat since.

Hudson won its sixth straight dual meet May 2. It also happened to be its sixth straight victory in the National Conference of the Suburban League. The Lady Explorers defeated Brecksville-Broadview Heights soundly, posting a 95-33 victory May 2 on the road.

Hudson dominated the Lady Bees in the track events, finishing first in six individual events.

"I thought we did really well," Lady Explorers head coach Mike Schmidt said. "We went 6-1 this season, which is our best dual-meet record in years. The conference meet will be very exciting."

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Junior Cameron Bujaucius was a double winner in individual track events for Hudson. She claimed victory in both the 1,600-meter race with a time of 5 minutes, 35 seconds and the 3,200 with an effort of 12:30.

Four other Lady Explorers captured individual track events.

That quartet included juniors Jenna Reitenbach in the 100 (13.1), Bryn Strawbridge in the 200 (27.4), Emily Akin in the 400 (1:01) and Kalli Barrett in the 800 (2:34).

Two Hudson athletes placed first in individual field events.

Those two were sophomore Taylor Miller in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 4 inches and freshman Molly Stecker in the high jump with a height of 5-4.

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In addition, the Lady Explorers notched first-place finishes in three relay races.

One of those was the 400 relay with a time of 51.7. The members of that unit were senior Megan Boyda, senior Giuliana LaMarca, junior Abigail Petty and Reitenbach.

Hudson also prevailed in the 800 relay, posting a time of 1:48.7 in the process. Among the members of that contingent were Reitenbach, senior Amy Morris, junior Andrea Giaimo and Strawbridge.

The Lady Explorers were victorious in the 3,200 relay in 9:57. That squad contained junior Hannah Teed, Barrett, Akin and junior Grace Turner.

With the win, Hudson finished the dual-meet portion of the campaign with a record of 6-1. The Lady Explorers also finished 6-1 in conference action.

Hudson was scheduled to compete at the Woodridge Wrap-Up Meet May 6 in Peninsula. Results were not available at press time.

"I'll give my varsity runners, jumpers and throwers off at the Woodridge meet, so they will be nice and fresh for conference and districts," Schmidt said. "I am very excited for the next two weeks."

The Lady Explorers are set to compete at the Suburban League Meet May 9 (9 a.m.) and May 11 (4:30 p.m.) at Nordonia High School's Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.

Schmidt believes his team is in a good position for the Suburban League Meet, as well as the upcoming district and regional meets.

"The girls are running faster now, before I have really started tapering them," he said. "The girls who are running in the postseason are going to 'fly' this year. I can't wait to watch it."

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