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Raider girls champs at Mankato

It's only three weeks into the indoor portion of the high school track and field season, but the Hudson girls are putting plenty of names on the Wisconsin Division 1 honor roll.

The latest posting came from the Raider girls 4x200 meter relay team, who set a new meet record Saturday, March 31, at the Minnesota State University-Mankato Varsity Showcase. Anna Wilgren, Bailee Dierks, Kady Kochendorfer and Lexi LeFever won the race with a time of 1 minute, 47.03 seconds, the fastest time of any Wisconsin Division 1 school so far this season.

The foursome's first place finish was one of three on the day for Hudson and helped the Raiders claim the team title at the 24-team meet with a total of 100 points. Forest Lake was second with 81 followed by Minneapolis Washburn with 53 and River Falls with 40.

Head coach Jami Holum said the girls are off to a great start.

"The girls are starting off very strong across the event groups, and the effort that the girls put in during the off season, either in training or in their winter sports, showed on Saturday," she said. "The competition was great, and the girls fed off of that."

In addition to the 4x200 meter relay, LeFever won the 200 meter dash in 26.15 seconds, the third fastest time in the state this year, and Rachel Ball took first in the 1600 meter run in 5:27.5. Ball currently holds the best time in the state in the 3200 meter run-- 11:33.47-- set at the All-American Invitational March 24 in River Falls.

Ball was one of three Raiders in the top six in the 1600 at Mankato. Emma Filipiak finished third with a time of 5:27.97 and Alicia Belany was sixth in 5:33.99.

Kochendorfer joined LeFever in the top five in the 200 meter dash with a fifth place time of 27.25 seconds, while in the 60 meter dash, LeFever was second in 8.0 seconds and Kochendorfer placed seventh in 8.28.

The Raiders also took three of the top six spots in the long jump, with LeFever placing second with a leap of 16-11, Wilgren fourth with 16-5.75 and Izzy Hanson sixth with 16-5. Kochendorfer totaled 35-2.5 in the triple jump to place second while Hanson was sixth with 33-0.75.

Dierks, who is currently third on the state honor roll in the 55 meter hurdles, placed second in the event Saturday with a time of 9.17 seconds, and the 4x800 meter relay team of Julia Bennett, Sarah Czupryna, Belany and Anna Czupryna placed fourth in 10:20.23 to move into sixth on the state honor roll, while Audrey Hatfield was seventh in the shot put with a throw of 32-5 and Emma Newman placed eighth in the pole vault with a height of 9 feet.

Holum said the Raiders have done a good job of handling the challenges they've faced so far this season

"Going into the end of our indoor season this week at Stout, and into the outdoor season, the girls have shown great resilience with facility/construction and weather challenges." she said. "As long as they keep working hard and focusing on the end result and their goals, they have quite a bit to look forward to the rest of the season."

Carter Maack led the Raider boys with a second place time of 8.51 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles. Stillwater took the boys team title with 73 points while Hudson was 17th with 8.

Both Raider teams will compete at the UW-Stout Elite Meet Saturday, April 6, in Menomonie. Hudson is scheduled to open the outdoor season by hosting the Raider True Team Meet Saturday, April 13, at the 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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