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Hudson track teams off to hot start at 17-team meet

The Raider track and field teams didn't let the lingering winter weather prevent them from getting off to a hot start last week.

Both the boys and girls team took first place at the 17-team Blue Devil Invitational inside Johnson Fieldhouse on the campus of UW-Stout Friday.

The Raider boys posted four first place finishes on their way to a team score of 106.5 while Hudson's girls had three individual champions to claim first with a score of 103. Menomonie took second in the boys' competition with 75 while Eau Claire Memorial's girls finished with a second place score of 71.

Hudson's boys swept the top two spots in the shot put with senior Bryan Caffin throwing a winning 52-feet, 5-inches and junior Jared Johnson placing second with 48-2.5.

The Raiders got a boost in the field events from sophomore John Uchytil, who won the pole vault by clearing 13-feet.

The boys also received first place efforts from Wade Malecha in the 55 meter hurdles, with a time of 8.61 seconds, and the 4x200 meter relay team, which posted a time of 1 minute, 37.58 seconds.

The Raider girls' individual titles came from freshman Miranda Miller in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:33.01, junior Erin Wetzstein in the 3200 meter run in 12:00.55, and junior Katy Fox in the triple jump with a distance of 31-11.

The Raiders return to Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie for the Northern Badger Classic this Saturday, March 23, beginning at 4 p.m.

See the March 21 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer for more individual stats and times from this meet.

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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