Girls Border Battle champs


Senior Lexi LeFever won two events and finished second in another, and junior Bailee Dierks, sophomore Rachel Ball and senior Emma Newman claimed one individual title each to lead the Hudson girls to a first-place team finish at the Wisconsin-Minnesota Border Battle Track and Field Invitational Friday, April 20, at UW-River Falls' Knowles Fieldhouse.

The 10-team meet was originally scheduled to be held outdoors at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field but was moved indoors due to the weather. Hudson, River Falls, Osceola, Menomonie, Chippewa Falls and Stevens Point represented Wisconsin in the competition while White Bear Lake, Anoka, East Ridge amd Irondale came from Minnesota.

The Raider girls ran away with the team title with a total of 128 points, while White Bear Lake was a distant second with 72. River Falls took first on the boys side with 135, followed by Anoka with 124, East Ridge with 78.5 and Hudson with 63.

LeFever led a strong Raider contingent in the 200-meter dash with a first-place time of 26.23 seconds. Dierks was second in 26.48 and senior Kady Kochendorfer placed fifth in 26.99.

LeFever and Kochendorfer both qualified for the finals in the 55 with LeFever winning in 7.45 seconds and Kochendorfer third in 7.56. LeFever's second-place finish came in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 4.25 inches.

Dierks was half of a Hudson sweep in the 55 hurdle finals, winning the girls race in 8.66 seconds while junior Carter Maack took the boys title in 7.96.

Siblings Max and Rachel Ball also swept the 3,200 with Max Ball winning the boys race in 10:17.12 and Rachel Ball taking the girls' title in 11:38.8. Sophomore Noah Lundeen added a third-place time of 10:30.59 in the boys' race.

Newman was one of four girls to clear 9-6 in the pole vault and was awarded first place based on fewer attempts.

Freshman Alicia Belany contributed a third place time of 5:31.1 in the girls 1,600 and junior George Bond was third in the boys 1,600 in 4:46.33 while sophomore Anna Czupryna placed third in the girls' 800 in 2:33.77. Kochendorfer also finished fifth in the girls triple jump with a distance of 34-6.75, while senior Elijah Ondrusik was fifth in the boys 400 in 54.47 seconds.

The Raiders competed at the Hopkins Invitational Tuesday, April 24.