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Raiders to be well represented at state track

Raider freshman Shannon Hartzell, right, edges River Falls' Lucy Ramquist to take third place in the girls' 1600 meter run at the River Falls Regional last Tuesday. Hartzell advanced to Friday's sectional meet and finished fifth. Photo by Bob Burrows1 / 2
Hudson senior Nathan Smits clears a hurdle on his way to a fourth place finish, and the final sectional qualifying spot, at last Tuesday's River Falls Regional. Photo by Bob Burrows2 / 2

Hudson will have representatives in 12 individual events and four relays at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships June 5-6 in La Crosse.

The Raider girls will be sending five individuals and two relay teams while the boys qualified six individuals and a pair of relay teams.

Hardisha White will compete in both the girls' long jump and triple jump after qualifying in both events at Friday's sectional meet in Wausau. White took first in the triple jump with a distance of 34-feet, 9-5 inches and third in the long jump with 16-4.5.

Alicia Bower finished second in the discus with a throw of 130-feet to qualify for the state meet, while Jamie Lindstrom advanced by taking third in the shot put with a toss of 38-5.5.

Danni Krinke, Angela Tipp, Erika Tipp and Rachael Saathoff won the 4 X 100 meter relay sectional title with a time of 49.77 seconds and took third in the 4 X 200 meter relay in 1:46.26 to move on in both events.

Saathoff also qualified for the state meet in the 100 meter dash with a third place time of 12.74 seconds and Angela Tipp qualified in the 200 meter dash by finishing third in 26.5 seconds.

On the boys' side, Mike Ludgatis won a sectional title in the discus with a toss of 158-02, and Dan Schloesser, Jacob Ball, Nicholas Schumacher and Luke Wusterbarth teamed up to win a sectional title in the 4 X 800 meter relay with a time of 8:16.82.

Schumacher also advanced in the 800 meter run with a second place time of 2:01.52, and Ball moved on in the 3200 meter run by placing second in 9:51.92, while Wusterbarth qualified in the 1600 meter run with a third place time of 4:37.33. Mathew Rudquist also advanced in the 3200 meter run with a third place time of 9:52.1.

Brody Swenson took second in the high jump with a leap of 6-4 and Mitch Patrick placed third in the pole vault by clearing13-3 to both earn spots at state while the boys' 4 X 200 meter relay team of Tucker Malecha, Mike Meyer, Mark Tully and Tyler Smith qualified with a third place time of 1:32.17.

The top three finishers in each event at Friday's sectional qualified for the state meet. In addition, individuals and relay teams whose performances rank among the eight best of all sectional performances also qualify, so it's possible more Raiders may be added to the field over the weekend.

See the June 1 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer for more.

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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