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SARATOGA COUNTY: Shen relay wins state title

The Shenendehowa boys 1,600-meter relay team closed the two-day New York State High School Track and Field Championships in style.

Tyler Fogarty surged past Newburgh Free Academy's Akinto Boone in the final 100 meters to lead the Plainsmen to a victory in Saturday's Federation 1,600 relay at Kingston's Dietz Stadium. The team of Fogarty, Patrell Brown, Chris Campoli and Tyler Riberdy finished with a time of 3:18.50 third best in Section II history.

I just paced off Newburgh for the first 300 meters and pushed off in the final 100," said Fogarty.

"I knew they were going to win this race midway through the indoor season," said Shen coach Don Paretta. "I told them they would. They didn't believe me at the time. Maybe they do now."

Shen was involved in a tight battle with Newburgh Free Academy and Clarkstown South when Fogarty got the baton for the anchor leg. Fogarty stayed with Boone as they pulled away and passed the junior in the home stretch. Boone stayed close to Fogarty, but Fogarty held on for a .24-second victory.

"I actually looked at the score-board, and then I saw everybody jump up and down," said Fogarty. "That's how I knew we won."

"He ran smart," said Paretta of Fogarty, who had a 47-second split in his leg. "He made one move, and that's all he needed to get by (Boone)."

Shen also earned a state public school division title in the boys 3,200-meter relay. The team of Corey Clavet, Ryan Jones, Zach Predmore and Zac Suriano finished with a time of 7:51.05 in a tightly-contested race with Collegiate of New York City and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Collegiate won the Federation title with a time of 7:50.75, while the BH-BL team of Cody Buell, Zach Goodrich, Andrew Jess and Drew Houghtalen took third in the Federation and second in Division 1 (public large schools) with a time of 7:51.58.

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