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Raider track ready for conference

Hudson sophomore Kaleigh Sansone clears a hurdle during the 3x100 meter hurdle shuttle at the Stan Barr relays in New Richmond Friday, May 4. Sansone, Natalie Schlepp and Bailee Dierks combined to give the Raiders a first place time of 52.01 seconds in the event. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

It's hard to believe the Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships are less than a week away. But by all indications, the Raider girls are ready to make a run at their third straight conference title.

The Raiders finished second behind River Falls at the 15-team Stan Barr Relays in New Richmond Friday, May 4, setting up a battle with the Wildcats for the BRC title next Tuesday, May 15, in Menomonie.

Hudson's girls picked up five first place finishes and set a new school record in the 4x400-meter relay to come up just 5.5 points short of River Falls last Friday in New Richmond.

"The girls all put in great performances, especially considering that they are training right through the meets right now," coach Jami Holum said.

Rachel Ball kicked things off by winning the 1,600 with a time of 5 minutes, 22.78 seconds, before the 3x100 shuttle hurdle team of Kaleigh Sansone, Natalie Schlepp and Bailee Dierks combined for a winning time of 52.01 seconds. Anna Wilgren, Dierks, Kady Kochendorfer and Lexi Lefever combined for a season-best time of 1:44.3 to win the 4x200 relay, and Julia Bennett, Sarah Czupryna, Alicia Belany and Anna Czupryna won the 4x800 in 10:19.02.

Emma Newman tied for first in the pole vault by clearing a personal best 10-feet, 3-inches.

The 4x400 race proved to be a barnburner with Emma Olson, Kochendorfer, LeFever and Dierks placing third despite setting a new school record of 4:03.79. The old mark was 4:04.62. Anoka took first in 4:01.3 while River Falls was second in 4:03.41.

"That was a fantastic race," Holum said.

LeFever added a second place leap of 17-6.5 in the long jump and Kochendorfer was third in the triple jump with a distance of 35-11.5.

Max Ball paced the Raider boys with a third place time of 4:41.99 in the 1,600 while George Bond was fifth in 4:48.49. The 3x140 shuttle hurdle team of Carter Maack, Ray Somerville and Braedon Miller took third in 52.41 seconds, while the 1,600 sprint medley relay team of Toriin Phillips, Nolan Wade, Nathan Runk and Sam Kiecker combined for a fourth place time of 4:29.7.

Hudson finished seventh out of 14 teams in the boys competition.

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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