The Shenendehowa boys indoor track and field team had little trouble defending its Suburban Council championship, even though it was missing one of its top runners.
With Steve Murdock running at the Boston Indoor Games, the Plainsmen used their depth to run away with top team honors at Saturday's league meet at the University at Albany. Eighteen different athletes placed in the top six of their individual events to help Shen finish with 130 points, more than double what runner-up Colonie (64 points) had.
Tyler Fogarty, Cain Carr and Zac Suriano each won individual titles to lead the Plainsmen. Fogarty took first place in the 300-meter dash with a time of 38.16 seconds, while Carr won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.79 seconds. Suriano took first place in the 1,000 with a time of 2:33.85.
Suriano was one of three Shen runners to earn points in the 1,000. Corey Clavet was third with a time of 2:42.15, and Mike Wilbur took sixth place with a time of 2:45.35. The Plainsmen duplicated that feat in the 1,600, with Zach Predmore leading the way with a second-place finish in a time of 4:26.94. Adam Quinn was third with a time of 4:29.16, and Tom Soeller finished sixth in a time of 4:38.64.
Shen's other victory came in the boys 1,600 relay. The team of Fogarty, Seth Whitaker, Kyle Rome and Chris Campoli finished with a time of 3:41.22. The Plainsmen's 800 and 3,200 relay teams added second-place performances.
Ballston Spa also had a strong Suburban Council meet. The Scotties placed fourth with 46 points, five points behind third-place Shaker.
Ballston Spa was led by its 800 relay team of Robert Carr, Eric Marciano, Matt Pastore and Brian Yingling. The Scotties nipped Shen at the finish line to take the league title with a time of 1:38.77.