Harriers control Warrior meet, as ‘U’ course beckonsThe girls cross country team finished first out of 29 teams, and the boys were winners among the Division 1 schools, as they dominated last Tuesday’s Warrior Invitational.
The girls cross country team finished first out of 29 teams, and the boys were winners among the Division 1 schools, as they dominated last Tuesday’s Warrior Invitational.
Four of the Raider girls finished in the top 12, including Rachel Zachar in fourth and Kaila Fouks in sixth, as Hudson was easily out of front, 51 points to New Richmond’s 115.
“They are working on pack running, which helps them focus on the race and how they are competing, along with helping out their teammates,” said Coach Don Krupa. “They must continue to work together so that when tournament time comes in mid-October, they will be ready to do this, along with time improvement.”
For the boys, Luke Wusterbarth was an easy winner in 16:28, and Matt Rudquist was shortly behind him, but they also need to focus on pack running, Krupa said. “If they can do that they will be strong contenders right into the state meet. This is a very competitive team at this point, and they are showing it by the way they work in practice.”
The boys won at the Warrior Invitational with 29, compared to 55 for Cambridge-Isanti, Minn.
The boys and girls junior varsity also finished first, as the Hudson boys had nine runners in the top 15, and for the girls, McKenzie Buck won in a time of 16:44. “She continues to run hard, work hard in practice and is a very competitive freshman,” Krupa said.
These are individual results for boys and girls varsity:
On Saturday, the teams travel to the Les Bolstad Golf Course on the University of Minnesota campus. “At this meet, some of the top teams in the nation come and compete,” Krupa said, adding that they come from California, Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Utah, Missouri, Ohio, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The meet has 90 teams in two divisions, the Gold and Maroon. In the morning, college teams compete in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. In the afternoon, the high school squads will run. At 1:40 p.m., the Hudson boys hit the course in the Gold race, and at 2:25 the Raider girls will compete.