In the 1960s and 70s, the Hudson Invitational, run by legendary Coach Frank Hamblet, was one of the showcase track meets in New York State, drawing talent from across New York to compete with the best of the Patroon Conference. With the arrival of all weather tracks in the 1980s, the Hudson Invitational, run on a cinder track, slowly faded into oblivion.
But with the opening in 2018 of Hudson's state-of-the-art eight lane track, the Hudson Invitational is being brought back again after a 38-year hiatus. Eleven teams, ten from New York and one from Connecticut will compete Saturday in the first installment of the rebirth of the meet.
The meet will have a definite feel of the Patroon Conference against Section 9 with Patroon Conference teams Catskill, Emma Willard, Hudson, Rensselaer and Taconic Hills competing against Section 9 teams Rondout Valley, Millbrook, Pine Plains, and Red Hook. Also competing are Voorheesville from Section 2 and Trumbull High in Connecticut.
Some of the top entries in the meet include Medina Walter of Rondout Valley in the 100, Amelia Canetto of Taconic Hills in the 200 and 400, Evan Ensslin of Voorheesville in the 800 and mile, Trevor New of Taconic Hill in the long jump, Kelcie Horst of Red Hook in the 400 meter hurdles, Alessandra Zaffina of Trumbull High in the steeple, Henry Goca of Rensselaer in the boys steeple, Lilly Russo of Taconic Hills in the jumps , Mona-Lisa Carius of Hudson in the shot and jumps.and Isiah Jones of Rondout valley in the shot and discus.
Ribbons will be awarded to the top six in each event and a plaque awarded to the track and Field MVPs in both the boys and girls divisions.
The meet starts at 10 a.m.