20 Raider track and field athletes headed to state meet
Hudson will be well-represented at this weekend’s WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse with 20 individuals making the trip south to compete in ten different events.
The 20 Raiders qualified at last Friday’s sectional meet in Stevens Point, where the Hudson boys finished second to team champion Stevens Point while the girls placed sixth out of 17 teams.
Hudson’s boys will compete in four individual events on one relay while the Raider girls will be represented in three individual events and two relays.
“It will be an exciting state meet as usual and will be great to bring the team down,” girls coach Jami Holum said. “Overall, the team has had a fantastic season for an overwhelmingly young group.”
Senior Jared Johnson and junior John Uchytil both won sectional titles Friday to earn repeat trips to state. Johnson won the discus with a throw of 160-feet, 9-inches while Uchytil set a new school record to win the pole vault by clearing 15-3. Johnson also qualified for state in the shot put with a third place throw of 48-2.
Senior Ryan Schramm earned a trip in the 400 meter dash with a second place time of 50.37 seconds, and teamed up with senior Connor Theisen, sophomore Joe Geissler and senior Nate Bennett to qualify in the 4x400 meter relay with a season-best time of 3 minutes, 26.91 seconds. Sophomore Parker Vogler will make the trip as an alternate.
This will be the ninth straight year Hudson’s girls will have a 4x100 meter relay team compete at state. This year’s foursome includes seniors Julia Douglas and Claire Zais, who have now been to state all four years, junior Jordan Huber, who is making her second state appearance, and sophomore Kali Denis. The team combined for a third place time of 50.76 seconds at Friday’s sectional to punch their ticket.
Hudson’s girls will have a 4x800 meter relay team for the second straight season after sophomore Nicole Berdusco, senior Sadie Kroll, senior Erin Wetzstein and sophomore Miranda Miller teamed up for a second place time of 9:37.44. Kroll, Wetzstein and Miller were all part of the 2013 state-qualifying team that finished in 9:51.83.
“Nicole Berdusco and Sadie Kroll both ran personal bests at sectionals and Erin Wetzstein and Miranda Miller also ran great legs to get them within striking distance of the school record going into the state meet,” Holum said. The Raider school record is 9:27.74 set in 2007.
Kroll also earned a return trip to state in the 1600 meter run after finishing third at the sectional in 5:11.29, while Miller is making her second straight state appearance in the 800 after posting a second place time of 2:21.41 Friday.
“Sadie and Miranda will both be in very competitive fields in the 1600 and 800 respectively, but both have proven throughout the season that they are up for a challenge and are running well,” Holum said.
Senior pole vaulter McKenna Daulton rounds out the field of Raider state qualifiers after clearing 10-6 to place second at the sectional.
“McKenna Daulton has worked hard for four years to get to this point in the pole vault and has been vaulting consistently well,” Holum said.
The strong competition at the sectional prevented even more Raiders from qualifying for the state meet, according to boys coach Gerry Uchytil.
Senior Wade Malecha, who advanced through last Tuesday’s regional meet with times of 15.5 seconds in the 110 meter high hurdles and 41.91 seconds in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, lowered both times significantly but came up short of advancing. Malecha’s sectional times of 15.14 seconds in the 110 meter race and 40.79 in the 300 were only good enough for a pair of fifth place finishes, two spots short of qualifying.
The boys 4x100 meter relay team of senior Sue Vue, junior Braden Marvin, junior Joe Sikulu and sophomore Tanner Homme cut their regional time by 1.3 seconds but came up two-hundredths of a second short of moving on.
The WIAA State Track and Field Championships begin with Division 1 competition Friday, June 6, at 9:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of UW-La Crosse. Competition continues Saturday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m.