Alvin Porter enjoys the thrill of victory

Alvin Porter had dutifully served on Shaker's indoor track and field team for four years without a Suburban Council title.

Porter's time finally came at Saturday's league meet at the University at Albany. The senior edged Ballston Spa's Mike Villano by .02 of a second to win the boys 55-meter dash title.

I knew this was going to be my year because I had no other chance, said Porter.

Porter took off quickly from lane four and fended off Villano's charge to take first place in a time of 6.80 seconds.

"That was certainly his fastest race and his most important race," said Shaker boys coach Dave Stadtlander.

Porter's victory helped cement Shaker as the top boys team at the league meet. The Blue Bison finished with 116 points, 40 points ahead of runner-up Shenendehowa.

Other runners stepped up for Shaker at the meet. Chris Herman won the 600-meter race with a time of 1:27.78, and the 800-meter relay team of Porter, Bryan Latourneau, Reuben Feinman and Matt Dustin took first place in a time of 1:38.98.

Shaker's Michael Ofosu had a good day in the field events. Ofosu won the triple jump with a distance of 44 feet, 9.5 inches, and he placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 0.5 inches. Teammate Prince Abban was second in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 11 inches and third in the triple jump with a distance of 42 feet, 2.5 inches.

Several more Blue Bison finished in the top three of their individual events including Oluebebe Abara (second place, 300-meter dash), Brendan Dolan (second, 55 hurdles), Chris VanZetta (third, 1,000), Ryan Egan (third, 1,600) and Jesse Beche (third, shot put).

Colonie placed seventh in the boys team standings with 24 points. Griffin White had the top individual performance for the Garnet Raiders with a fourth-place finish in the pole vault.

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