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The Raider girls’ cross country team ran to a first place finish at the Ron Kretsch Invitational hosted by Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Crystal last Saturday. Team members include, from left, Meghan Rudquist, Mary Knutson, Sadie Kroll, Miranda Miller, Erin Wetzstein, Ellen Snyder and Claire Pechacek. (Submitted photo)

Raider girls run to first-place finish at Ron Kretsch Invite

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The Raider girls’ cross country team ran to a first place finish at the Ron Kretsch Invitational hosted by Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Crystal last Saturday. Team members include, from left, Meghan Rudquist, Mary Knutson, Sadie Kroll, Miranda Miller, Erin Wetzstein, Ellen Snyder and Claire Pechacek. (Submitted photo)

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@h:Girls run to first at Ron Kretsch Invite

@by:By Bob Borrows

@by2:bborrows@rivertowns.net

@t:The Raider girls’ cross country team finished first out of 16 teams, and the boys’ placed fifth out of 18 teams at the competitive Ron Kretsch Invitational hosted by Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Crystal, Minn., last Saturday.

The event featured 10 races, starting with a 7th and 8th grade race, then freshman through senior races. The top seven combined times in all the races made up the final team score.

Hudson’s girls finished with a total team time of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 55 seconds to take first ahead of Trinity River Ridge’s 1:06:17.

“The girls’ team ran a great race,” Hudson coach Don Krupa said. “They showed poise, character and patience as they competed in their second race of the season.”

Miranda Miller and Ellen Snyder paced the team and were the first two Hudson girls across the finish line, followed closely by Sadie Kroll and Erin Wetzstein. Snyder was third in the senior race while Miller was fifth in the sophomore race.

Kroll finished fourth in the senior race while Wetzstein finished sixth followed by Marki Thompson (30th,), Briana Kling (60th), and Erin Carlson (73).

“The girls’ team will continue to improve as the season progresses,” Krupa said. “They are racing faster than last year and racing together as a close pack.”

On the boys’ side, Jack Kadidlo took first in the senior race and finished second overall to pace the Raiders.

“He is a very good runner and continues to show poise and speed in his second race of the season,” Krupa said.

The rest of the Raider finishers included Don Clark (13th), Reid Schwechler (15th), Noah Burns (20th), Andrew Spaight (23rd), Logan Hammer (25th), Austin Graf (38th), Nick Farago (43rd), Nathan McPhetres (49th) and Colton Parks (57th) out of 82 runners.

Hudson finished with a total time of 1:19:39 while Minnehaha Academy took first with a time of 1:15:49.

“The boys ran a great team race they worked on staying together as a pack by keeping the gaps between themselves as close as their race abilities allowed at this time of the season,” Krupa said. “We must continue to work together to keep up with our teammates and get our times down if we are going to be competitive by the end of the season.”

The Raiders next meet is the Menomonie Relays this Saturday, Sept. 14. Both the Raider boys’ and girls’ teams took first in their respective races at the same meet in 2012.

“But there are more teams this year and the competition will be more intense,” Krupa noted. “This will give us another chance to see how we compete against some of our sectional schools.”

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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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