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Macky Lloyd leads small-school Voorheesville at big-school Warrior Classic

In 3,000 meters, Macky Lloyd proved he is one of the best distance runners at any Section II school, large or small.

The Voorheesville senior built a sizeable lead midway through the race and cruised to a 5.8-second victory in the boys 3,000 at Saturday's Warrior Classic in Niskayuna.

Competing against a field that included runners from Niskayuna, Shaker and Ballston Spa, Lloyd took the lead on the first lap and never looked back in winning the event in a time of 9:19.8. Ballston Spa's Mike Lyons was second in a time of 9:25.5.

It's nice when a kid from a smaller school can run with the big boys, said Voorheesville track coach Steve Relyea.

Lloyd was so tired after crossing the finish line that he didn't realize he had met his goals for the race.

"I wanted to win, and I wanted to go 9:20," said Lloyd. "But we had a really good 4x800 (relay), and that took a lot out of me."

Running the third leg of the 4x800 relay didn't take everything out of Lloyd, though. He had plenty to put together a series of bursts during the middle portion of the 3,000 that effectively sealed his victory.

"I had a little bit of a lead, so they could have caught me (early on)," said Lloyd. "So every straightaway, I tried to sprint it."

Lloyd's win in the 3,000 highlighted a strong day overall for Voorheesville at the Warrior Classic. The Blackbirds finished third in the girls team standings with 64 points, and they were sixth in the boys team standings with 40 points " far and away the highest finishes for a small school in the mostly large-school meet.

"Overall, the girls team is stronger than the boys team," said Relyea. "The boys are smaller (in numbers), but there's greater quality."

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