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Hudson Track: Girls second at final indoor meet at UW-RF

Raider senior Taylor Steffen lets the shot fly during the shot put competition at the All-American Invitational last Saturday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center. Steffen won the event with a throw of 39-feet, 8.75 inches. Photo by Bob Burrows1 / 2
Hudson's Julia Douglas, left, and Jordan Huber compete in the same qualifying heat of the 55 meter dash at the All-American Invitational last Saturday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center. Douglas and Huber finished first and second, respectively, in the heat to qualify for the final where Douglas placed third in 7.54 seconds and Huber was sixth in 7.72. Photo by Bob Burrows2 / 2

Hudson's girls scored points in 10 of 15 events on their way to a second place finish at the 17-team All-American Indoor Track and Field Invitational last Saturday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Fieldhouse.

The meet, which wraps up the indoor portion of the high school track and field schedule, featured some of the strongest teams in Minnesota and Wisconsin and saw a combined 22 meet records either tied or broken.

Eastview won the girls' team title with 71 points followed by Hudson with 60. Farmington took third with 52 and East Ridge was fourth with 51 while Anoka finished fifth with 45.

"What is really great about this meet is that is has great competition on the girls side from the metro schools and is a great cap to the indoor portion of our season," Raider coach Jami Holum said. "This year was especially helpful for both the JV and varsity to be able to compete in a quality meet considering the outdoor weather was not perfect."

Taylor Steffen and Sadie Kroll took home individual titles for the Raiders. Steffen won the shot put with a throw of 39-feet, 8.75-inches, and Kroll took first in the 1600 meter run with a personal best time of 5 minutes, 16.91 seconds, while Rachel Anderson was fifth in the 1600 in 5:25.42, also a personal best.

"We had a large number of PR's (personal records)," Holum noted. "It was really nice to see the girls come to compete and run really well."

The Raiders will open the outdoor season, weather permitting, this Friday, April 12, with the Hudson True Team Invitational at Newton Field beginning at 4 p.m.

See the April 11 print edition of the Star-Observer for more individual and team stats from last weekend's 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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