Hudson High School senior Ryan Kromer capped off his cross-country career with the season's ultimate prize, a WIAA Division 1 state championship, with his performance at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Kromer, who was in a pack after mile one, broke free in the second mile and then ran away in the 5,000-meter course's final stretches for a time of 15:27.17, more than 10 seconds better than runner-up McKena Ramos Sheboygan South.
The senior was fourth last year as a junior, and told the Hudson Star Observer he "faded at the end" in 2011.
This year, his final mile was was gave him the championship, as he posted the best split for that distance.
Madison West took home the Division 1 team title.