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Cross Country: Boys run to BRC title

Four Hudson runners finished in the top five in the boys' race and a fifth placed 11th as the Raiders captured their fourth straight Big Rivers Conference title at the BRC Championships Saturday, Oct. 13, at Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls.

Hudson's girls came up short of defending their BRC title with a third place team finish.

Tony Weeks led the Raiders boys' with a second place time of 16 minutes, 18.2 seconds, just five seconds behind individual champion Zak Sather of Eau Claire Memorial.

George Bond finished sixth in 16:44.1 and Noah Lundeen was seventh in 16:49 while Sam Kiecker placed ninth in 17:03 and Cale Wimer gave Hudson a team score of 35 with an 11th-place time of 17:10.3.

Jacob Mathes finished 12th overall with a time of 17:12.6 and Adam Tronnes was 18th in 17:40.3 while Tyler Auge placed 19th in 17:40.9. Fifty-five runners competed in the race.

Eau Claire Memorial finished second in the team standings with 42 points while River Falls was third with 52.

On the girls' side, Rachel Ball led Hudson with a second-place time of 19:32.4, 17 seconds behind individual champ Jillian Heth of Eau Claire Memorial.

Anna Czupryna was the second Raider finisher with a 10th-place time of 20:12.3 and Emma Filipiak placed 18th in 20:40.1 while Alicia Belany finished 19th in 20:43.9 and Abbi Faust was 22nd in 21:05.7.

Grace Witt finished 34th overall in 21:39.3 and Ella Young was 37th in 21:45.6 while Karina Gilson was 38th in 21:54.3.

Menomonie won its first BRC girls' title with 60 points and Eau Claire Memorial and Hudson tied with 71 but Eau Claire Memorial earned second place on a tiebreaker.

Next up is the WIAA Division 1 Sectional this Saturday, Oct. 20, in Menomonie. The top two teams in each race, and the top five individuals who are not members of the top two teams, will qualify for the WIAA State Championship Meet Saturday, Oct. 27, in Wisconsin Rapids. Sectional competition begins with the boys' race at noon and the girls at 1 p.m. at Menomonie High School.

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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