Hudson track teams making their markThe Raider track and field teams continued to make their presence known on the state honor rolls last week. Both the Raider boys’ and girls’ 4x100 meter relay teams posted the fastest times of any Wisconsin school at the Hastings Triangular meet last week.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
The Raider track and field teams continued to make their presence known on the state honor rolls last week.
Both the Raider boys’ and girls’ 4x100 meter relay teams posted the fastest times of any Wisconsin school at the Hastings Triangular last Thursday.
Hudson’s girls’ 4x100 squad of Julia Douglas, Erikka Haft, Claire Zais and Katie Thielman teamed up for a time of 51.91 seconds, while the Raider boys’ team of Tucker Malecha, Tyler Smrcina, Brandon D’Andrea and Dan Kelly combined for a time of 43.68.
Hudson’s boys won their race by nearly eight seconds over Park-Cottage Grove while the girls were over five second faster than Park.
“We were tough, really good, both the guys and girls,” boys’ coach Gerry Uchytil said. “We had some really great performances.”
Malecha, Smrcina, D’Andrea and Kelly also won the 4x200 meter relay with a time of 1 minute, 33.26 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in Wisconsin this season.
D’Andrea posted the third fastest 200 meter dash time recorded in Wisconsin this season—22.49 seconds—while finishing second to Minnesota state champion D’Monte Farley of Park.
Smrcina turned in the 14th fastest time in the state to win the 100 meter dash in 11.48 seconds and cleared 6-feet in the high jump for the first time this season to win that event.
Ryan Kromer, who already had the ninth fastest 1600 meter time in the state, recorded the 12th fastest 3200 meter time, winning the race in 9:44.17.
In the girls’ competition, Katie Wetzstein set a new Hudson senior class record and recorded the 18th fastest time in the state this season in the 800 meter run, winning the race at the Hastings Triangular last Thursday in 2 minutes, 23.46 seconds. The old record was 2:23.58 set by Katie Cumming in 2008.
Wetzstein previously recorded the sixth fastest 1600 meter run time in the state at the All-American Indoor Invite.
Zais, Thielman and Douglas all made the state honor roll in the 100 meter dash. Zais took third with a time of 13.49 seconds, the tenth best in the state this season, Thielman was fourth in 13.53, No. 16 on the honor roll, while Douglas was fifth in 13.62, No. 19 on the state list. Thielman also cracked the top 20 in the 200 meter dash, finishing third with a time of 27.3 seconds.
Ashley Akey and Taylor Steffen both earned spots on the state honor roll in the discus. Akey won Thursday with a throw of 99-feet, 11-inches, 13th best in the state, while Steffen was third with 99-7, the 14th best. Steffen, who is also currently ninth on the state shot put honor roll with a distance of 39-1.5, won Thursday’s shot put with a toss of 38-6.5.
“This is great, especially for this early in the season,” Raider girls’ coach Jami Holum said about the team’s honor roll performances.
Hudson’s girls also received first place efforts from Racheal Knoke in the 100 meter hurdles (17.96 seconds), Erin Wetzstein in the 1600 meter run (5:38.08), Catie Weese in the 400 meter dash (1:06.03), Sadie Kroll in the 3200 meter run (12:22.63), Dakota Carlson in the long jump (15-2), Casey Fall in the pole vault (9-6), and the 4x400 meter relay team of Weese, Hannah Manley, Erin Wetzstein and Katie Wetzstein (4:30.08).
The Raider boys had additional first place finishes from Alex Beyer in the 400 meter dash (52.79), Anders Christensen in the 800 meter run (2:13.28), and Jared Johnson in both the shot put (43-9) and discus (133-0).
The Raiders will host the Hudson True Team Meet this Friday, April 13, with field events starting at 4 p.m. and running events at 4:15 p.m. at Newton Field.
“It would be a great chance for Raider fans to catch a glimpse of some fantastic performances from both the girls and guys that are competing well right now,” Holum said.