Murdock leads Plainsmen to Shaker Invy title

"I think as along as we do what coach Jones asks us to do and we keep improving, then it's going to be very hard to beat us," added Murdock.

The Shen girls team also had a strong showing at the Shaker Invitational. Even with two of their lead runners missing the varsity race, the Plainswomen finished fourth in the team standings with 96 points, 14 points out of placing second. Academy of Holy Names won the team title with 61 points, while Colonie edged Queensbury 82-84 for second place.

"I think we have a little work to do," said Shen girls coach Lynn Lindquist. "This was a solid field today."

Cara Janeczko " one of Shen's lead runners last year " focused her energy on trying to break the freshman race record. Janeczko won the 1.5-mile race, but her time of 8:48.74 fell short of the mark set by Scotia-Glenville's Jillian King last year.

"Cara wanted to break Jillian King's record, but she's also dealing with a little injury. So, she was a little slower today, but she's still No. 2 on the (record) board," said Lindquist.

Without Janeczko and junior Lindsay Bonk, the Plainswomen stayed competitive in the varsity race by placing four of their runners in the top 25. Katie Rusch led Shen with a 12th-place finish in a time of 19:54.50. Tricia Wardwell was 15th in a time of 20:06.50, Christine Sloat placed 21st in a time of 20:22.79 and Meredith Peabody finished 22nd in a time of 20:25.88.""

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