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If you're competing in the Suburban League, you're competing against high-quality teams.
It doesn't matter which sport it is.
The axiom holds true in the sport of track and field and although Hudson faced stiff competition in the Suburban League Meet last week, the Explorers did not back down.
Hudson finished in fourth place in the National Conference with 77 points at the meet, which took place May 9 and 11 at Nordonia High School's Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.
Wadsworth won the eight-team competition with 144 points and Nordonia (112 points) and Brecksville-Broadview Heights (81 points) finished second and third, respectively.
The Explorers finished the regular season with a record of 5-2 in dual meets within the conference, good enough for third place in the final conference standings. As a result of their showing at the league meet, Hudson finished third overall in the National Conference.
"I was very pleased with the results of the league meet," Explorers head coach Mark McConnell said. "Our team performed very well against some very high-quality teams in our league. I was impressed with all of the personal marks that the team reached in this meet. They did not shy away from the competition."
Blake Roberts claimed a conference championship for Hudson. He did so in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 9 minutes, 27.48 seconds.
In addition, Dawson Wervey finished second in the 200 with a time of 50.55 seconds and Greg Mailey was second in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 5.5 inches. The Explorers' 3,200 relay squad also finished in second place with a time of 8:09.68. The members of that unit were Roberts, Wervey, Adam Beucler and Lucas Lay.
Three Hudson athletes placed third in individual events. They were Connor Sinko in the 800 (2:01.48); Beucler in the 1,600; and Jack Good in the 3,200 (9:38.72).
The Explorers' 1,600 relay team of Nick Zehnal, Luke Good, Nivash Jayaram and Wervey finished fourth with a time of 3:29.85. The 400 relay contingent consisting of Mailey, Zehnal, Nivash Jayaram and Maxwell Doyle was fifth with an effort of 45.56.
Finishing in sixth place were Jacob Russ in the 1,600 (4:34.85) and John Marcinkiewicz in the shot put (46-9.25). Hudson's 800 relay team also crossed the finish line in sixth place (1:35.56). The members of that squad were Zehnal, Sam Durkin, Zack Rickey and Jayaram.
Three Hudson athletes placed seventh in individual events. They were Doyle in the 100 (11.83), Hunter Norman in the 300 intermediate hurdles (43.3) and Nathan Kravitz in the pole vault (12 feet). In addition, Eric Halford was eighth in the 800 with a time of 2:04.71.
"I believe that our performance at the league meet has set our boys in position to do very well at districts," McConnell said. "Some of the guys will have a shot at qualifying for the regional championship."
The Explorers were scheduled to compete at a Division I district meet May 17 at Nordonia. Results were not available at press time. The district meet is set to resume May 19 at 4 p.m.
"Overall our team is in very good shape," McConnell said. "Most of the team is healthy and we are at nearly full strength going into the district meet."