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Runners sweep home invite

Hudson's Sadie Kroll (68) and Ellen Snyder lead the pack just past the one-mile mark at the Hudson Cross Country Invitational last Tuesday at the middle school. Kroll finished second in 15:18.7 and Snyder was fifth in 15:41.5 to lead the Raider girls to a first place team finish.1 / 3
Raider junior Jack Kadidlo leads teammates Donald Clark (partially obscured), Logan Hammer and Greg Frechette to the top of a hill during the boys' race at the Hudson Invitational last Tuesday at the middle school. All four finished in the top 20 to help the Raiders' to a first place team finish.2 / 3
Raider sophomore Rachel Anderson leans into the final turn at the Hudson Invitational last Tuesday at the middle school. Anderson finished 11th overall with a time of 16:15.3.3 / 3

Three Raiders in top ten of each race

Hudson's boys' and girls' cross country teams didn't let a few sniffles get in the way of sweeping their annual home invitational last Tuesday. Both teams ran to first place finishes despite not being at the top of their game.

"Some of the team members on both the boys' and the girls' teams did not look relaxed in their performances. They seemed to be struggling too much," Raider coach Don Krupa said. "I found out some of these same runners are coming down with colds and other upper respiratory problems."

Despite the pending illnesses, both teams placed three runners in the top ten to win their respective races. Ryan Kromer pulled away from a pair of Hastings and Forest Lake runners to win the boys' 5K race with time of 16 minutes, 3.4 seconds, over 15 seconds faster than his nearest competitor.

Jack Kadidlo finished sixth overall in 17:25.7 and Donald Clark was right behind in seventh in 17:39.3 while Anders Christensen placed 12th in 17:46.9 and Greg Frechette finished 16th in 18:05.3 to give Hudson a first place team total of 42 points. Forest Lake was second with 60 in the 9-team field.

Other Raider runners included Logan Hammer in 20th place in 18:12.6, and Reid Schwechler in 26th in 18:41.6.

"The times are not where they need to be but, hopefully they will be under 18 minutes and three of the team members running under 17 minutes by conference time in three weeks," Krupa said about the Raider boys.

Sadie Kroll paced the Raiders in the girls' 4K race with a second place time of 15:18.7, while Ellen Snyder was fifth in 15:41.5. Erin Wetzstein finished seventh in 15:51.1 and Rachel Anderson was 11th in 16:15.3 while Mary Knutson placed 17th in 16:30.6.

Hudson's girls finished with a total of 42 points while coon rapids was second with 67.

Patsy Castro added a 21st place time of 16:41.1 for Hudson while Meghan Rudquist was 34th in 18:06.1.

"We are a veteran team and last year's race experience is showing," Krupa said about the girls. "They will keep learning how to race and work with each other during the race. Hopefully their times for a 4K race will be under 16 minutes as they head for the conference meet."

The Raiders will compete at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational this Saturday, Sept. 29, at the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul.

Both teams will compete in the gold division, considered the stronger of the two high school races at the meet. The boys will run at 2 p.m. and the girls at 2:50 p.m.

"This will be the third of five 5K races the girls will run this year," Krupa noted. "It is good to compete in a longer distance because the girls can see if they can extend their competitiveness out an extra 1,000 meters and still run a good race.

"The boys and girls need to show improvement in their personal performances from last year," he added. "But we must work together as a team to get our times down as we enter the last part of the season."

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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