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Hudson Track: Boys run to Border Battle title

Hudson senior Brandon D'Andrea (3) begins to pull away from the pack on his way to winning the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.63 seconds at the Border Battle Track and Field Meet last Friday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Fieldhouse. Hudson sophomore Braden Marvin, far left, finished seventh in the event with a time of 6.98 seconds. Photo by Bob Burrows1 / 2
Raider junior Reid Schwechler (4) and sophomore Drew DeLong (7) compete in the 1600 meter run at the Border Battle Track and Field Meet last Friday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Fieldhouse. Schwechler took eighth with a time of 5 minutes, 8.71 seconds while DeLong placed 18th in 5:20.13. Photo by Bob Burrows2 / 2

Hudson's boys posted five first place finishes, including two by senior Brandon D'Andrea in the sprint events, on their way to a first place team finish at the inaugural Border Battle Track and Field Meet last Friday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Fieldhouse.

D'Andrea won the 55 meter dash and the 200 meter dash and anchored the Raiders second place 4x200 meter relay team to help account for 28 of the Raiders' first place total of 125 points. River Falls was second with 108 followed by Somerset with 103, Hastings with 82.5, East Ridge with 77, Park Cottage Grove with 34.5, Osceola with 33 and Hill-Murray with 22.

The event was originally scheduled for outdoors at the River Falls High School track but the decision was made earlier in the week to move it to the Knowles Fieldhouse due to the lingering cold and snow.

Head coach Gerry Uchytil said the loss of classmate Johnathon Pohlen in an accident on I-94 one day earlier weighed heavy on the Raiders at Friday's meet.

"It was another good performance, especially under the circumstances.," Uchytil said. "Lots of hard stuff for the kids to contend with."

The Raiders had at least two of the top eight finishers in seven events, including the 200 meter dash, where D'Andrea was first in 22.91 seconds and Ryan Schramm took sixth in 24.34, and the 55 meter dash, where D'Andrea posted a first place time of 6.63 seconds and Braden Marvin was seventh in 6.98.

Greg Frechette won the 800 meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 6.4 seconds, and Michael Laraia was third in 2:11.34 to contribute 16 points to the Raiders' team total, while in the shot put, Bryan Caffin was first with a throw of 55-feet, 0.5-inches and Jared Johnson was fourth with 48-4 to account for a combined 15 points.

Hudson's other first place effort came in the pole vault, where John Uchytil cleared a new personal best 13-feet, 9-inches. Tyler Anderson also scored in the event with an eighth-place height of 11-0.

The 4x200 meter relay team of Luca Trento, Nick Jorgenson, Marvin and D'Andrea combined for a second place time of 1:36.28, while the 4x400 meter relay team of Jorgenson, Alex Beyer, Ryan Widmyer and Schramm took second with a time of 3:36.22.

The 4x800 meter relay team of Jack Kadidlo, Don Clark, Laraia and Frechette teamed up for a third place time of 8:48.12. Kadidlo also took third in the 3200 meter run in 10:23.99.

Schramm contributed a second place time of 51.72 seconds in the 400 meter dash while Beyer was fourth in 52.17. Wade Malecha finished fourth in the 55 meter hurdles in 8.39 seconds, and Uchytil was sixth in 8.6.

Malecha also placed sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 38-3.5 and seventh in the long jump with a leap of 18-3.5, while Noah Holden cleared 5-6 to take sixth in the high jump and Reid Schwechler finished eighth in the 1600 meter run in 5:08.71.

Coach Uchytil said Friday's effort was exceptional, but the team is looking forward to competing outside, hopefully this Friday at the Rice Lake Invitational.

"I'm happy with our progress but we need to get outside," he said.

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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