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Cross Country: Raiders cap season at state

Hudson senior Abbi Faust (872) stays focused as she approaches the 2-mile mark during the Division 1 girls' race at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 27, in Wisconsin Rapids. Faust was the Raider's fourth finisher with a time of 21 minutes, 11.8 seconds. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 4
Hudson senior Sam Kiecker (569) eyes the finish line in the Division 1 boys' race at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 27, in Wisconsin Rapids. Kiecker was the third Raider across the finish line with a time of 16 minutes, 58.1. seconds to help the Hudson boys to a ninth place team finish. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 4
Raider junior Rachel Ball (867) sprints the final 50 yards to the finish line in the Division 1 girls' race at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 27, in Wisconsin Rapids. Ball was Hudson's top finisher with a 32nd place time of 19 minutes, 54.2 seconds. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 4
Members of the Hudson girls and boys' cross country teams are all smiles at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, Oct. 27. In front row from left are Rachel Ball, Ella Young, Emma Filipiak, Alicia Belany, Anna Czupryna, Abbi Faust, Karina Gilson, Hannah Burns, and Grace Witt. Back row, Adam Tronnes, Jacob Mathes, Sam Kiecker, George Bond, Cale wimer, Tony Weeks, and Noah Lundeen. Photo courtesy of Jennifer L. Kapaun. 4 / 4

Hudson's boys finished ninth for the second consecutive year and the Raider girls placed 17th at the 2018 WIAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Raider boys finished with a total of 264 points to earn their second straight top ten state finish. Neenah won the team title with 122 while Eau Claire Memorial, the only other area Division 1 qualifier, finished 17th with 351.

Sophomore Anthony Weeks paced the Raider boys by placing 25th in the team competition with a time of 16 minutes, 31.5 seconds while senior George Bond was 32nd in 16:35.9. Junior Noah Lundeen finished 44th in 16:48.4 and senior Sam Kiecker was 51st while senior Jacob Mathes rounded out the Raider's team score with a 109th place time of 17:30.

Junior Cale Wimer came in with a time of 17:35 and junior Adam Tronnes finished in 17:59.

Homestead senior Drew Bosley won the individual title with a time of 15:20.1.

Junior Rachel Ball led the Raiders girls with a 32nd place time of 19:54.2 while junior Anna Czupryna was 62nd in 20:25.0. Junior Emma Filipiak was the third Raider finisher, in 69th place, with a time of 20:31.2 and senior Abbi Faust was 102nd in 21:11.8 while sophomore Alicia Belany finished 111th in 21:19.4 to give the Raiders a 17th place team score of 376. Senior Karina Gilson came in with a time of 21:37.8 and junior Ella Young finished in 21:46.9.

Muskego ran away with the girls team title with a score of 48 while Sun Prairie was second with 103. Madison West freshman Genevieve Nashold won the individual title with a time of 18:10.

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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