TROY: One last tune-up

Many area indoor track and field teams tuned up for this weekend's Section II class championship meets by participating in Sunday's Engineer Games at RPI's Robison Gym.

Shenendehowa led the way in the team standings. The boys team dominated the meet with 109.5 points, 62 points ahead of runner-up Ballston Spa, while the girls team defeated Shaker 76-42 to earn its title.

Colonie's Tyler Johnson was one of the top individual performers at the meet. The senior won the 45-meter dash with a time of 5.77 seconds and claimed first place in the 300 dash with a time of 38.63 seconds .03 seconds ahead of Shen's Seth Whitaker.

The 45 dash final was also hotly contested, as all six runners finished under six seconds. Scotia-Glenville's Chris Amodeo placed second to Johnson with a time of 5.82 seconds, and Troy's Mychal Travis finished third in a time of 5.89 seconds. Colonie's Heath Furbeck was fourth in a time of 5.90 seconds.

Scotia-Glenville's Pete Rowell and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Cody Buell won titles in the middle-distance events. Rowell took first place in the 600 with a time of 1:27.59, .7 seconds ahead of Shen's Corey Clavet, while Buell won the 1,000 in a time of 2:35.75 four-tenths of a second ahead of Fonda's Jeremy McAllister.

Shen had the advantage in the long distance events. Zac Suriano and Adam Quinn finished a respective first and third in the 1,600, while Steve Murdock and Zach Predmore swept the top two places in the 3,200. Suriano won the 1,600 in a time of 4:26.93, less than a second ahead of McAllister. Quinn placed third in the 1,600 with a time of 4:31.21.

Murdock ran away from the field in the 3,200 and won with a time of 9:18.80. Predmore placed second in a time of 9:37.89, and Ballston Spa's Nick O'Neil was third in a time of 10:02.02.

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