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Meet still draws area teams

"(The surface is) terrible, but you still have good competition," said Paretta, who also coaches track at RPI. "You just have to navigate the surface."

Shen's runners navigated the track well. The Plainsmen won three individual races and two relays on their way to the boys team title.

Tyler Riberdy led Shen with a victory in the 300-meter dash in a time of 38.60 seconds. Riberdy also ran on the Plainsmen's first-place 1,600 relay team along with Patrell Brown, Charles Karam and Stuart Charbonneau.

Ryan Jones contributed a victory in the 600 with a time of 1:27.34, and Dan Harris added a win in the 1,600 with a time of 4:34.69 for Shen. The Plainsmen's 3,200 relay team of Mike Danaher, Mitchell Todorov, Alex Belenz and Dan Burton won with a time of 8:35.16.

Shaker had one individual champion in the track events. R.J. Sniffen took first place in the 3,200 with a time of 9:49.59.

Shen fared well in the field events, as well. James Schwendtner led a top-three Plainsmen sweep in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, .5 inches, and Jeff Reinker edged Bethlehem's Jake Platel for the pole vault title by clearing 13 feet, 6 inches in fewer attempts.

Bethlehem's Sam Smith needed a jump-off to defeat Kehrer in the high jump. After both jumpers failed to clear 6 feet, 2 inches, Smith cleared 6-1 on his second try to break the tie.

"Thank goodness it was over with," said Smith, who also placed second in the triple jump. "We were both so tired at that point, we just wanted one of us to clear it. But we wanted to have fun."

In the girls division, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake had more first-place finishes than Shen, but Shen had more top-six performances than BH-BL to pull away for the team title.

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