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ALBANY COUNTY: Rhodes-Devey, Crouse win titles

"This competition is so close that whoever jumps the best wins," said Crouse.

Crouse got his Federation-winning jump on his last attempt, but he said he was nervous about the chance that his mark of 46-10 would hold up.

"I only had two kids who could have beat me," he said. "I knew they could go 47 feet, but I knew they'd need good jumps to do it."

Several more individuals had top-six performances at states. Guilderland's Mark Domaracki placed third in the Federation 400 with a time of 49.38 seconds after finishing fifth in the Division 1 finals with a time of 48.95 seconds, while Colonie's Jim Kehrer was third in the Federation 110 high hurdles with a time of 14.31 seconds. Kehrer was coming off a sixth-place finish in the Division 1 110 hurdles earlier in the day Saturday.

"I'm definitely happy with my results," said Domaracki. "If you said coming in that I'd get fifth in the state and third in the Federation, I'd take it."

Bethlehem's Michael McManus finished sixth in the Federation high jump by clearing 6 feet, 6 inches " one inch off his season-best height of 6-7.

On the girls' side, Colonie's Najla Singleton-McKinnon placed fifth in the Division 1 400 dash with a time of 56.26 seconds and finished sixth in the Federation 400 with a time of 57.57 seconds. Academy of Holy Names' Claire Hardwick, a Loudonville resident, was fifth among Division 2 (small school) runners in the 3,000 with a time of 10:32.61.

Singleton-McKinnon was also part of a Colonie girls 1,600 relay team that placed second in Saturday's Federation meet with a time of 3:55.75. The team of Singleton-McKinnon, Laura Bolognino, Marisa Poleto and Nanditha Badami was coming off a fourth-place finish in Friday's Division 1 final and rallied from fifth to second place in a tight pack during the Federation race.

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