Track teams stay strong; do well in recent meetsThe Raider track and field teams combined for 12 first-place performances as both the boys’ and girls’ teams continued to dominate their competition by sweeping first place at the Park Quadrangular in Cottage Grove last Friday.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
The Raider track and field teams combined for 12 first-place performances as both the boys’ and girls’ teams continued to dominate their competition by sweeping first place at the Park Quadrangular in Cottage Grove last Friday.
One day earlier, the Raider girls also took first at the six-team White Bear Lake Invitational against some strong Minnesota competition.
Last Friday in Cottage Grove, Bryan Caffin was a double-winner for the Raider boys, leading Hudson to a sweep of the top three spots in the shot put and the top four places in the discus.
Caffin won the shot put with a throw of 48-feet, 0.5-inches while Jared Johnson was second with 45-4.5 and Alex Burgess third with 44-11.5. Caffin threw the discus 136-4 to take first while Johnson was second with 133-11, Burgess third with 119-4, and Zach Londo fourth with 113-2.
Ryan Kromer continued to shine in the 3200 meter run, placing first with a time of 9 minutes, 37.49 seconds, while Alex Beyer won the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.49 seconds and teammate Sam Entenza was third in 55.59.
Hudson’s sprinters took three of the top four spots in both the 100 and 200 meter dash events. In the 100, Tucker Malecha was second in 11.46 seconds, Tyler Smrcina took third in 11.47, and Dan Kelly was fourth in 11.57. In the 200, Malecha was second in 23.43 seconds, while Kelly and teammate Nick Jorgenson tied for third at 23.86 seconds.
Smrcina also took second in the high jump by clearing 5-10 while Jorgenson paced three Raiders in the top five in the 110 meter high hurdles, finishing third in 17.04 seconds. Wade Malecha was fourth in 17.08, while Sam Somerville finished fifth in 17.16.
In the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, Wade Malecha finished third in 48.45 seconds, Zach Kraft was fourth in 46.96 and John Uchytil placed fifth in 48.98.
Somerville also contributed a second-place effort of 19-2 in the long jump and was fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 38-6.
Logan Hammer was the Raiders’ top finisher in the 800 meter run with a third place time of 2:21.2, while Don Clark had Hudson’s best time in the 1600, placing fifth in 4:56.28. David Hernandez and Thomas Millett tied for fifth in the pole vault by each clearing 10-6.
The Raider girls swept the top three spots in the 800 meter run, with Shannon Hartzell winning in 2:32.36, Erin Wetzstein second in 2:34.22 and Kayla Dornfeld third in 2:42.16.
The Raiders took the top two spots in both the shot put and pole vault. Taylor Steffen placed first in the shot put with a throw of 37-10.0 and Ashley Akey second with 33-1.0. In the pole vault, Casey Fall cleared 10-feet to take first while Sarah Krier was second at 8-6.
Katie Wetzstein won the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:10.98 while Ellen Anderson was second in 5:39.18.
In the triple jump, Briana Kling finished second with a distance of 30-8 and Bailey Knight placed third with 30-6, while Dakota Carlson tied for second in the long jump with a leap of 15-4.
Katie Thielman took third in the 200 meter dash in 27.83 seconds and Sadie Kroll was third in the 400 in 1:06.56 while Racheal Knoke tied for third in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.16 seconds.
One day earlier at White Bear Lake, the girls’ 4x800 meter relay team of Erin Wetzstein, Mary Knutson, Hartzell and Katie Wetzstein combined for a first-place time of 10:12.87, while the 4x200 meter relay team of Jordan Huber, Erikka Haft, Claire Zais and Thielman took first with a time of 1:52.34.
Katie Wetzstein won the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:22.48 while Ellen Snyder was second in 11:57.92 and Erin Wetzstein third in 11:59.05. Fall also won the pole vault by clearing 10-feet.
The Raiders will compete at the Rice Lake Invitational this Friday, April 27.