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Raider boys run to sectional title

The Raider boys' cross country team runs close together shortly after the start of the WIAA Division 1 sectional meet at Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls last Saturday. The Raiders stayed close throughout the race and placed five runners in the top 16 to run away with the sectional team title and qualify for this Saturday's WIAA State Championship Meet in Wisconsin Rapids. (Submitted photos)

Hudson's boys' cross country team qualified for the WIAA State Championships for the second straight year and 17th time in the program's history by winning the sectional title at the Division 1 sectional meet at Lake Wissota Golf Course last Saturday, Oct. 22, in Chippewa Falls.

The entire boys team will be joined by freshman Rachel Ball, who qualified as an individual in the girls' race with a second place sectional finish.

The WIAA State Cross Country Championships will be held this Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. The Hudson boys will run in the Division 1 race at 1:10 p.m. with Ball competing in the Division 1 girls race at 3:05 p.m.

Last Saturday in Chippewa Falls, all seven Raiders finished in the top 20 in the 84-runner boys' field to help Hudson run away with the team title with a score of 36. La Crosse Logan was a distant second with 83 to also earn a berth at state. The top two teams and top five individuals who were not members of the top two teams advanced.

Junior Max Ball finished third overall with a time of 16 minutes, 21.7 seconds, and senior George Halunen was fifth in 16:34.1, while sophomore George Bond placed sixth in 16:34.6 and junior Keegan Sansone finished ninth in 16:46.5. Freshman Cale Wimer posted a 13th place time of 16:56.2 to round out the Raider scoring while sophomore Tyler Auge was right behind in 14th place in 17:00.7 and freshman Noah Lundeen was 18th in 17:06.8.

Senior Sam Pinkowski of La Crosse Central won the individual sectional title with a time of 15:50.0.

In the girls' race, senior Hannah Roeske of Eau Claire Memorial was the individual champion with a time of 18:45.5 while Rachel Ball finished second in 18:47.7.

The Old Abes took the sectional team title with a score of 62, while Menomonie was a close second with 64. La Crosse Central was third with 95 and Hudson placed fourth with 107.

Se the Oct. 27 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer for the complete story.

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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