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Senior Lexi LeFever won a pair of events and senior Kady Kochendorfer and sophomore Rachel Ball claimed one individual title each to lead the Raider girls track and field team to a first place finish at the 20-team UW-Stout Elite Meet Friday, April 6, at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie.

Hudson's girls totaled 93 points to capture the team title, 30 points ahead of second place River Falls. Prior Lake was third with 58.

River Falls won the boys' championship with 97 points and White Bear Lake was second with 87.5 while Hudson was eighth with 22.

The meet was the last indoor event of the season as the Raiders get ready to host the Hudson True Team Invitational this Friday, April 13, at the high school.

"Across the board on Friday, the girls were able to put in a number of season bests and a few personal bests as we get into our outdoor season," head coach Jami Holum said about the meet in Menomonie. "They are a great group of athletes and are working hard to meet their goals."

LeFever led a one-two Raider sweep in the 200-meter dash, winning the race with a time of 26.38 seconds while junior Bailee Dierks was second in 26.67. LeFever also won the long jump title with a leap of 17-feet, 0.25-inches.

Kochendorfer took first in the triple jump with a distance of 35-03 while classmate Izzy Hanson was fifth with 32-11.5. Ball's title came in the 3,200 with a winning time of 11:21.98.

LeFever contributed a second-place time of 7.46 seconds seconds in the 55 and Kochendorfer was fifth in 7.62 while Dierks was second in the 55 hurdles in 8.4 seconds. Senior Emma Newman cleared 9-6 to place fifth in the pole vault and freshman Alicia Belany was fifth in the 1,600 in 5:29.72 while sophomore Anna Czupryna finished fifth in the 800 in 2:28.88. Naomi Breazeale boosted the team's score with a sixth-place throw of 32-10 in the shot put.

Holum said the team has been training outside despite all season despite the brutal weather conditions.

"The girls have been very flexible and adaptable to the training that we have had outside due to not having any indoor space," she said.

Junior Carter Maack paced the Raider boys with a first-place time of 7.88 seconds in the 55 hurdles while reshman Tony Weeks and sophomore Noah Lundeen finished fifth and eighth in the 3,200 with times of 10:27.47 and 10:37.7, respectively.

Sophomore Garrett Amundson was sixth in the 55 in 6.91 seconds and senior Max Ball was eighth in the 1,600 meter run in 4:42.63 while junior Andrew Osterhues placed eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 38-03.