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Madalayne Smith never rests

Madalayne Smith was a busy girl during one part of last Friday's Section II Class A Girls Track and Field Championships in Colonie.

The Saratoga Springs senior ran the 100-meter high hurdles and 100-meter dash finals back-to-back, and then walked over to the long jump pit to compete in the third of her four events.

I've been doing this since eighth grade, so I've grown accustomed to it, said Smith.

Smith has also grown accustomed to winning " a point she proved again when she won the 100 hurdles and 100 dash titles. Smith earned the 100 hurdles title with a time of 14.3 seconds, and then she edged Colonie sprinter Kyle Plante for the 100 dash championship with a time of 11.8 seconds.

Smith's victory in the 100 dash avenged a loss to Plante in the Suburban Council Championships one week earlier at the same track.

"She had her day, and I had my day," said Smith.

Smith's exploits couldn't quite help Saratoga take the team title, though. That honor belonged to Shenendehowa, which received strong efforts from its distance runners to edge the Blue Streaks 124-113.5.

Lizzie Predmore and Nicole Irving traded victories in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter races for the Plainsmen. Predmore took first place in the 1,500 with a time of 4:34.0, while Irving finished third with a time of 4:38.5 " two seconds behind runner-up Cassandra Goutos of Saratoga. Irving then won the 3,000 with a time of 9:58.3, while Predmore placed a close second with a time of 9:58.6.

Kathleen Klein (400-meter dash), Maddesen Weekes (pole vault) and Samantha Koss (shot put) also won individual events for Shen. Kelly Fredette (200-meter dash) and Brianne Bellon (800-meter race) claimed Sectional titles for Saratoga.

On the boys' side, Shen ended Shaker's reign as Sectional champions by edging the Blue Bison 135-133 at last Thursday's Class A meet in Clifton Park.

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