SARATOGA COUNTY: Shen relay wins state title

"I thought it was the day," said Shen assistant coach Matt Jones. "I thought we'd run a little faster."

BH-BL had the lead going into the final 100 meters, but Suriano and Collegiate's Chris Williams passed Drew Houghtalen at the top of the home stretch. Williams then out-kicked Suriano for the Federation title.

"I knew he was coming," Suriano said of Williams. "I just tried to take it out of him in the third 200-(meter segment), but it didn't work. I'm glad I took a chance, though."

"(Houghtalen) was kind of locked in with Shen, and Collegiate looked like it was a little farther back," said BH-BL coach Chip Button. "It was a tough position to be in, and they probably have a little more speed than he does."

The Saratoga girls 3,200 relay team also had a shot at winning a Federation title. Anchor runner Brianna Bellon tracked down Warwick Valley's Kristen Peluso in the final 800 meters and briefly took the lead before Peluso passed Bellon and led Warwick Valley to victory with a time of 9:02.86. The team of Bellon, Hannah Davidson, Cassie Goutos and Michelle Riley settled for second with a time of 9:06.01.

"Even though we came in second, it was still an awesome race," said Riley, one of three freshmen on Saratoga's relay team. "Everybody did their best."

Several individuals had top six performances at the state meet. Predmore and Steve Murdock earned medals for Shen in the boys 3,200, with Predmore taking second among Division 1 runners and third in the Federation with a time of 9:12.61. Murdock, nursing a foot injury, placed fourth among Division 1 runners and sixth in the Federation with a time of 9:21.74.

Shen's Michelle Quimby was the runner-up in the Federation pole vault. The sophomore cleared a season-best 11 feet, 3 inches to finish only behind Washingtonville senior Stephanie Duffy, who cleared 12 feet, 6 inches.

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