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Raiders track teams shine indoors

Hudson senior Mitch Patrick clears 11-feet, 6-inches during the pole vault competition at Saturday's All-American Invite at UW-River Falls' Knowles' Center. Patrick went on to clear 12-feet to finish third. Photo by Bob Burrows1 / 2
Raider sophomore Angela Tipp, center, edges Aquinas' Amy Vollmar, left, and Andover's Rochelle Hickerson to win the third heat of the girls' 55 meter dash in 7.82 seconds at the All-America Invite in River Falls Saturday. Tipp just missed making the finals by .04. Photo by Bob Burrows2 / 2

Hudson's track and field teams wrapped up the indoor portions of their spring schedules on high notes Saturday with the girls finishing fourth and the boys taking sixth at the prestigious All-American Invitational at UW-River Falls Knowles Center.

Sixteen teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota took part in the girls competition while 15 teams competed on the boys side.

Earlier in the week, senior Hardisha White broke a 25-year-old school record in the indoor triple jump at a triangular meet against River Falls and Tartan.

Both teams are off this week as they make the transition to the outdoor season, which gets underway Tuesday at the Prescott Invitational. Thursday they travel to Park Cottage Grove.

White proved she's ready for the great outdoors by sweeping the long jump and triple jump at both Tuesday's Tartan Triangular and Saturday's All-American Invite. Her triple jump distance of 33-feet, 3.5-inches Tuesday broke Jeanne Kinney's school record from 1984. It was the oldest girls' school record on the books.

Saturday, White covered 33-6.5 to win the triple jump and cleared 16-3 to take first in the long jump to help the Raiders to a fourth-place team finish at the All-American Invite with 49 points. Lakeville North took first with 92.33 followed by Anoka with 76 and Onalaska with 52. Somerset was right behind Hudson in fifth place with 47.33.

"There was tough competition," girls head coach Jami Holum said. "Top-notch, highly ranked Minnesota schools along with a solid Wisconsin group of competitors. We had many great performances but were led in the field."

Along with White's pair of first-place finishes, senior Alicia Bower and sophomore Jamie Lindstrom took two of the top four spots in the shot put. Bower placed second with a throw of 37-4.25 while Lindstrom was fourth with 34-6.25.

The Raider boys also posted some strong efforts in the field events, helping them to a sixth-place team finish with 46 points. Anoka took first with 90.5 followed by Lakeville North with 81, La Crosse Logan with 53.5, and Eastview and La Crosse Central with 50 each.

"I'm very happy with the results," boys coach Tom Klatt said. "I'm glad we're going outside. The weather might not be the best right now but it will change."

Senior Mike Ludgatis took second in the shot put with a toss of 48-0.5 while classmate Brody Swenson was second in the high jump with a leap of 6-3 and senior Mitch Patrick took third in the pole vault by clearing 12-feet.

Junior Jacob Ball finished second in the boys 3200 meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 8.33 seconds while junior Tyler Smith boosted the Raider point total with a fourth-place time of 6.73 seconds in the 55 meter dash finals.

Freshman Katie Wetzstein ran to a seventh-place finish in the girls 1600 meter run with a time of 5:42.06.

At Tuesday's Tartan Triangular, White took first in the girls long jump with a leap of 16-4 to go along with her record-setting performance in the triple jump. Bower and Lindstrom swept the top two spots in the shot out with Bower throwing 36-8 and Lindstrom 34-3. Sophomore Amber Saathoff finished second in the high jump by clearing 4-10.

On the boys side, Smith won the 55 meter dash in 6.84 seconds and Ludgatis won the shot put with a throw of 47-5 while Ball, Mathew Rudquist and Jacob Pittman swept the top three spots in the 1600 meter run. Ball finished first with a time of 4:51.71, Rudquist was second in 4:54.4, and Pittman placed third in 5:12.36.

The Raiders boys 4x200-meter relay team of Zacharia Becker, Nicholas Cadwallader, Travis Hilden and Smith combined for a first-place time of 1:40.

No team scores were kept.

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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