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New Richmond's Dylan Wachter, left, Hudson's Max Ball, East Ridge's Joseph Reimann and Forest Lake's Charlie Babcock hit the finish line within 23-hundredths of a second of each other at the end of the boys 1600 meter run at the All-American Indoor Track and Field Invitational at UW-River Falls Knowles Center Saturday, March 24. Ball won the race with a time of 4 minutes, 44.83 seconds. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 4
Hudson senior Emma Newman takes off during the girls pole vault competition at the All-American Track and Field Invitational Saturday, March 24, at UW-River Falls Knowles Fieldhouse. Newman cleared 9-feet to place fourth. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 4
Hudson junior Carter Maack clears a hurdle on his way to winning the boys 55 meter hurdle final with a time of 7.97 seconds Saturday, March 24, at the All-American Track and Field Invitational at UW-River Falls Knowles Fieldhouse. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 4
Hudson's Lexi LeFever pulls away from River Falls' Rachel Randleman to give the Hudson girls a first place finish in the 4x200 meter relay at the All-American Track and Field Invitational Saturday, March 24, at UW-River Falls Knowles Fieldhouse. Anna Wilren, Bailee Dierks, Kady Kochendorfer and LeFever combined for a time of 1 minute, 49.24 seconds. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 4 / 4

Bailee Dierks and Carter Maack swept the 55 meter hurdle titles, siblings Rachel and Max Ball each won distance races, and the girls 4x200 meter relay team posted a come-from-behind win as the Hudson track and field teams opened the season at the All-American Indoor Track and Field Invitational at UW-River Falls Knowles Fieldhouse Saturday, March 24.

The Raider girls placed second at the 12-team meet with 111 points, five points behind team champion Forest lake, while Hudson's boys finished eighth with 47 points. River Falls won the boys team title with 82.

Max Ball edged out a crowded field at the end of the boys 1600 meter run to post Hudson's first individual title of the day. Ball, New Richmond's Dylan Wachter, East Ridge's Joseph Reimann and Forest Lake's Charlie Babcock crossed the finish line within 23-hundredths of a second of each other with Ball taking first with a time of 4 minutes, 44.83 seconds.

After posting a time of 8.13 seconds in the boys 55 meter hurdle prelims, Maack dropped to 7.97 seconds to win the finals before Dierks ran 8.61 to win the girls 55 meter hurdle finals. She qualified with a time of 8.80.

Hudson's girls 4x200 meter relay team of Anna Wilgren, Dierks, Kady Kochendorfer and Lexi LeFever was in second place after the first three legs before LeFever passed River Falls' Rachel Randleman on the final turn and edged Randleman by three-quarters of a second at the finish line to give the Raiders a first place time of 1:49.24.

Rachel Ball earned the Raiders' fifth title of the day by winning the girls 3200 meter run with a time of 11:33.47. Teammate Emma Filipiak was fourth in 12:11.13.

LeFever added a pair of second place finishes with times of 7.45 seconds in the 55 meter dash and 26.19 seconds in the 200 meter dash. The girls 4x800 meter relay team of Julia Bennett, Lizzy Bond, Sarah Czupryna and Anna Czupryna also placed second with a time of 10:29.65.

Alicia Belany boosted the girls team score with a third place time of 5:38.51 in the 1600 meter run and Kaleigh Sansone, Maia Malchow, Shay Wassman and Bond combined for a third place time of 4:46.77 in the 1600 sprint medley relay. Anna Czupryna took fourth in the 800 meter run in 2:35.14 and Bennett was fifth in 2:35.82, while Malchow, Belany, Sarah Czupryna and Dierks were eighth in the 4x400 meter relay in 4:40.42.

The Raider girls also scored well in the field events with Wilgren leaping 15-feet, 10.25-inches to place third in the triple jump and Izzy Hanson covering 15-6.5 to take fourth. Kochendorfer was fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 33-1.75 and Hanson was fifth with 32-6, while Emma Newman took fourth in the pole vault with a height of 9-feet.

Hudson's boys got a boost with two of the top six spots in the 3200 meter run with Tony Weeks posting a fifth place time of 10:34.61 and Noah Lundeen sixth in 10:46.63.

The boys 4x200 meter relay team of Nolan Wade, Charles Pierce, Paul Sparstad and Garrett Amundson combined for a fourth place time of 1:38.54, and the 4x800 meter relay team of Cale Wimer, Samuel Kiecker, Tait Saterbak and Keegan Sansone took sixth in 9:14.65, while the 1600 sprint medley relay team of Amundson, Pierce, Saterbak and Tyler Auge was seventh in 4:09.75.

Amundson also took seventh in the 55 meter dash in 6.94 seconds, and Kiecker was seventh in the 800 meter run in 2:13.15, while Wade finished eighth in the 200 meter dash in 25.16 seconds and Sparstad was eighth in the 400 meter dash in 56.85 seconds. Wade, Elijah Ondrusik, Wimer and Sparstad also placed eighth in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:51.59.

Ondrusik also finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 18-6.25, while Ethan Butler cleared 10-6 to place eighth in the pole vault.

The Raiders competed in the Big Rivers Conference Indoor Relays Tuesday, March 27, and will travel to Mankato for the MSU-Mankato Varsity Showcase Saturday, March 31.

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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