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Shaker boys, Shen girls win DI titles

The Shaker boys indoor track and field team won the Section II Division I championship for the second consecutive year.

The Blue Bison finished with 137.5 points at last weekend's Sectional meet at the University at Albany, more than 24 points ahead of runner-up Shenendehowa. Bethlehem placed third with 55 points.

Shaker showed its strength in the 300-meter dash and the 600-meter race. Matt Conti won the 300 dash with a time of 36.4 seconds, while Chris Herman edged Conti by four-tenths of a second to win the 600 with a time of 1:24.5. Conti finished with a runner-up time of 1:24.9.

Brendan Dolan added a victory in the 55-meter hurdles for Shaker. The senior nipped teammate Jaquell Chandler and Albany's Kyle Thompson at the finish line to claim the title with a time of 8 seconds. Thompson and Chandler each finished with a time of 8.1 seconds.

Shen's greatest success came in the relays. The Plainsmen edged Shaker by less than one-tenth of a second to win the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:37.9, and their 1,600-meter relay team took first place witrh a time of 3:34.9.

Tyler Prendergast was a double winner for Shen. The senior took first place in the shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 9.5 inches and won the weight throw with a distance of 61 feet, 1.25 inches.

Stuart Charbonneau (pole vault), Grant McLeod (high jump) and Dan Harris (1,600) also won individual events for Shen.

Paul Buehler led Bethlehem's effort with victories in the long and triple jumps. The senior came within two inches of 22 feet in the long jump with a winning distance of 21 feet, 10 inches, and he was the long competitor to top 45 feet in the triple jump with a distance of 45 feet, 5.5 inches.

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