Preseason Practice At Hudson High School

Monday, March 12, 2018. Preseason Track And Field Practice

The Raiders of Hudson high School held their first full practice of the 2018 season. The school was on spring break last week so Monday was the first day when the entire team was present. Athletes under the direction of head girls coach Jamie Holum and head boys coach Gerry Uchytil went through their warmup routine while girls distance coach Jeremy Eckert and boys distance coach Don Krupa took their runners outside for their running workouts. Because of a massive contruction project only the smaller west gym was available to the athletes. On Tuesday the dash and jumps athletes will travel to UW-River Falls for training using the Falcons indoor track facility.

Beginning in 2005 with a visit to Belleville/New Glarus Wisconsin Track Online has used the preseason to visit schools in order to give viewers a look at practices and facilities in various sized communities. Exactly 11 years ago on March 12, 2007 Wisconsin Track Online visited Hudson High School. Below is a followup to that visit. One constant has emerged from each visit since 2005. Wisconsin students receive outstanding track and field coaching from teachers who are passionate about promoting and improving their sport.


Division: 1.

Enrollment [2016-17]: 1802.

Head Coach: Jami Holum - 19th year as Hudson Head Coach. Hudson won the D1 State Championship in 2007 after being runnerup at the 2006 State Meet. The Hudson Raiders won the Big Rivers Conference title in 2017 and 2016. Hudson won the 2017 DC Everest Sectional title. The Raiders won the Big Rivers Conference Championship from 2005 to 2012. Also from 2005 to 2013 the Raiders were the WIAA Regional Champions.

Conference: Big Rivers.

Conference Schools: Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire Memorial, Eau Claire North, Hudson, Menomonie, Rice Lake, and River Falls.

2017 Big Rivers results. Hudson won the Big Rivers Conference Meet in 2016 and 2017.

Left: : Rachel Ball in the 4x800m relay event at the 2017 State WIAA Meet. Ball finished first at the 2017 Big Rivers Conference Meet in the 3200m run. At the 2017 D1 WIAA State Cross Country Meet Ball finished 13th.

Right: Bailee Dierks in the 100m HH event at the 2017 WIAA State Meet. At the Big Rivers Conference Meet Dierks won both the high and low hurdle events.

Lexi LeFever in the 200m at the '17 State Meet

Kady Kochendorfer in the 100m at La Crosse in 2017

Kady Kochendorfer in the TJ at La Crosse in 2017

Rachel Ball in the 3200m at the '17 State Meet

Anna Czupryna in the 800m at the '17 State Meet

Julia Bennett in the 4x800m at the '17 State Meet

Above left: Emma Filipiak in the 4x800m at the 2017 State Meet, Above right clockwise from top left: The Raiders 6th place 4x200m relay team at the 2017 State Meet included Lucy Fashingbauer, Kady Kochendorfer, anchor Lexi LeFever, and Bailee Dierks. Fashingbauer filled in for Anna Wilgren who had a fracture in her foot. Fashingbauer graduated but the other runners are back for 2018.

Hudson High School Top 20 List for track and field
Head girls coach Jamie Holum

Head girls coach Jamie Holum-sprints/relays

Head boys coach Gerry Uchytil-pole vault

Don Krupa-boys distance

Chad Christianson-sprints/relays

Dennis Saathoff-horizontal jumps

Eric VandenHeuval-throws

Nate Kirkpatrick-hurdles

Josh Przybylski-high jump

Jeremy Eckert-girls distance

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Mike Meyer-sprints [volunteer]

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Athletes practicing their warmup drills

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The distance runners grouped up and took advantage of a 39 degree day to run outside. Recent snow still covered the new running track adjacent to the school.
A major construction project is underway at Hudson High School. Additional classrooms and athletic facilities will give the growing community an outstanding facility for academics and athletics.

The Hudson Raiders began competing at renovated Newton field [shown left on March 12, 2007] in 2007. Newton Field is a five minute bus ride from Hudson High School.

Beginning in the fall of 2017 the Raiders have a new athletic facility adjacent to their high school. The track and field teams will have their first practices and meets in the facility this spring.

Team photo above from Hudson High School archives
Head Coach Jaime Holum [top row, 5th from left]
A look back 11 years ago - March 12, 2007