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Raiders shine at first two indoor track and field meets

Hudson senior Wade Malecha leans across the finish line to take first place in the 55 meter hurdle final at the All-American Invitational at UW-River Falls Knowles Center last Saturday. The Raider boys finished second at the prestigious 18-team invite with a total of 65.5 points, 4.5 points behind Farmington, Minn. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)1 / 4
Hudson freshman Lauren Ichel carries the baton during the girls 1600 sprint medley relay at the All-American Invitational Saturday, March 29, at UW-River Falls Knowles Center. Hudson finished eighth in the race with a time of 4:52.84. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)2 / 4
Hudson junior John Uchytil vaults skyward on his way to clearing 13-feet, 6-inches at the All-American Invitational Saturday at UW-River Falls’ Knowles Center. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows) 3 / 4
Hudson junior Jordan Huber, center, sprints towards the finish line on the final leg of the girls 4x200 meter relay at the All-American Invitational last Saturday at UW-River Falls’ Knowles Center. Huber and the Raiders finished second to Osceola in their heat, and fifth overall, with a time of 1 minute, 53.99 seconds. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)4 / 4

Hudson High School’s track and field teams didn’t let the lingering winter weather prevent them from opening the season with a bang in a pair of indoor meets last week.

The Raider boys took first place at the 20-team Blue Devil Invitational at UW-Stout’s Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie last Tuesday before placing second at the prestigious 18-team All-American Invitational Saturday at UW-River Falls Knowles Center. Hudson’s girls placed second Tuesday in Menomonie before finishing eighth Saturday in River Falls.

Hudson’s boys dominated the 55 meter hurdles at both meets. John Uchytil took first at the Blue Devil Open with a time of 8.14 seconds and Wade Malecha was fourth in 8.26. Saturday it was Malecha’s turn as he took first in 8.05 seconds and Uchytil was second in 8.06.

Uchytil cleared 14-feet, 3-inches in the pole vault to win the Blue Devil Open while Tyler Anderson tied for third at 11-6. Saturday Uchytil took second with a height of 13-6 while Anderson cleared 12-6 to place third.

Ryan Schramm boosted the Raiders’ scoring at the River Falls meet with a second place time of 51.67 seconds in the 400 meter dash after running 53.22 to take second in Menomonie. Jared Johnson took fourth in the shot put in his first competition of the season Saturday in River Falls with a throw of 47-6 while Mathew Johnson was seventh with 44-10. Mathew Johnson threw 43-5.5 Tuesday to take fifth in Menomonie.

After finishing second at the Blue Devil Open in the 200 meter dash in 24.26 seconds, Connor Theisen placed seventh Saturday with a time of 24.18.

On the girls side, Miranda Miler won the 800 meter run Tuesday in Menomonie in 2:25.82 before finishing second Saturday in River Falls in 2:24.34.

Sadie Kroll was one of five runners to set a new meet record in the 3200 meter run at Saturday’s All-American Invitational, finishing fourth with a time of 11:29.12. Kroll won the 1600 meter run Tuesday in 5:14.0.

Erin Wetzstein and Rachel Anderson swept the top two spots in the 3200 meter run at Tuesday’s Blue Devil Open with Wetzstein winning in 11:59.06 and Anderson second in 12:24.92.

Julia Douglas took third in the 55 meter dash at both meets, clocking times of 7.78 seconds Tuesday and 7.66 Saturday. Jordan Huber took sixth in Tuesday’s 200 meter dash in 28.97 seconds while Molly Malecha was fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 31-1.

McKenna Daulton made her season debut in the pole vault Saturday and cleared 10-feet to finish fifth.

Hudson’s boys scored 86.5 points to win the Blue Devil Open while River Falls was second with 79. River Falls took the girls title with 83.5 points while Hudson was second with 71.

Saturday at the All-American Invite, Farmington won the boys team title with 70 and Hudson was second with 65.5. East Ridge took the girls title with 88 and Anoka was second with 73.5 while River Falls was third with 71.5. Hudson finished eighth with 40.

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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