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Hudson senior Wade Malecha, center, takes a slim lead over Chippewa Falls’ Kolton Hebbring, left, midway through their preliminary heat of the 110 meter high hurdles at the Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships last Tuesday in River Falls. Malecha won his heat in 15.6 seconds and went on to win the finals in 15.47 seconds to help the Raiders to a first place team finish. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)

Raider boys reclaim Big River Conference track title

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Seniors Wade Malecha and Jared Johnson won two individual titles each and the Raider boys won three of the four relay events to win their ninth conference title in ten years at the Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships last Tuesday, May 20, in River Falls.

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Hudson’s boys finished with a total of 158 points to beat out defending conference champion River Falls by 33 points. Hudson had won eight straight boys’ titles before River Falls snapped the string last year.

Miranda Miller and McKenna Daulton earned individual titles for the Raider girls, who finished second to River Falls with 124.5 points. River Falls won its second straight BRC title with 166.5.

Malecha won both hurdle events, taking the 110 meter high hurdles in 15.47 seconds and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 41.69.

Malecha and teammate John Uchytil had the top two times in the 110 meter preliminaries, and Uchytil continued that trend with a second place time of 15.54 seconds in the finals. Malecha beat Chippewa Falls’ Kolton Hebbring by 1.6 seconds to win the 300 hurdle title.

Johnson’s titles came in the shot put, with a throw of 51-10.5, and the discus with a distance of 159-0.

Hudson had three of the top six finishers in the shot put, with junior Ryan Reiter taking fourth with a throw of 46-4.25 and senior Mathew Johnson sixth with 44-10.5. Mathew Johnson took fifth in the discus with a toss of 123-10.

Hudson’s 4x200 meter relay team of Connor Theisen, Nate Bennett, Joe Geissler and Tanner Homme combined for a winning time of 1 minute, 32.52 seconds, and the 4x100 team of Sue Vue, Braden Marvin, Joe Sikulu and Homme won in 44.3 seconds, while the 4x400 team of Theisen, Bennett, Geissler and Ryan Schramm posted a first place time of 3:28.91.

Schramm took second in the 400 meter dash, just 12-hundredths of a second out of first, with a time of 49.67 seconds, and finished fourth in the 200 in 23.1 seconds. Theisen took sixth in the 200 in 23.27.

Jack Kadidlo ran to a second place time of 10:06.52 in the 3200 meter run and Reid Schwechler was eighth in 10:32.8, while Homme took third in the 100 meter dash in 11.47 seconds.

The Raiders had three of the top four finishers in the pole vault, led by Uchytil’s second place leap of 13-feet. Tyler Anderson also cleared 13-0 to place third while Ty Nickerson was fourth with 12-6.

Noah Holden and Parker Vogler both cleared 5-10 in the high jump, with Holden taking third and Vogler fifth based on number of attempts.

On the girls side, Miller won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:21.34 and took second in the 1600 in 5:15.05 while Sadie Kroll was fourth in the 1600 in 5:23 and Erin Wetzstein was sixth in 5:39.76.

Daulton’s title came in the pole vault with a height of 10-6. Amira Tobasi was fifth at 8-9.

The girls 4x800 meter relay team of Nicole Berdusco, Kroll, Wetzstein and Miller also won a conference title with a time of 9:47.13, while the 4x100 team of Julia Douglas, Kali Denis, Claire Zais and Jordan Huber took first in 51.42 seconds.

In the 3200 meter run, Wetzstein finished third in 11:56.68 and Rachel Anderson was fourth in 11:59.12.

Sammy Johnson tied for third in the high jump with a leap of 4-10 and Maddie Nelson took third in the long jump with a leap of 16-4.5 while Monica Monson took third in the discus with a throw of 96-8.

Becca Breyer finished fourth in the 100 meter intermediate hurdles in 18.1 seconds and Ellie Smith was fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 33-7.5 while Molly Malecha was fourth with 33-1.25.

Douglas was sixth in the 100 meter dash in 13.38 seconds and Christi Carli was seventh in the 300 meter low hurdles in 51.67 while Huber placed eighth in the 200 meter dash in 27.95.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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