Colonie girls win Grout Run

"We're going to have some fun this year if we stay healthy," said Myers.

The Shaker boys team also had a strong showing at the Grout Run. The state's No. 1-ranked Class AA squad breezed to the Varsity 1 division title with 32 points, 35 points ahead of runner-up Bayport-Blue Point.

"The kids are running well," said Shaker coach Ed Springstead. "We're just trying to keep them healthy and not let them get too tired."

Mike Libruk and Jon Vallecorsa led the Blue Bison with top-five finishes. Libruk placed third with a time of 13:30.76, and Vallecorsa finished fourth with a time of 13:33.31.

Libruk put on a late surge in an attempt to pass Niskayuna's Marshall Pagano for second place, but Pagano held on to become the runner-up with a time of 13:30.20. Chaminade's William Slattery won the Varsity 1 division title with a time of 13:27.89.

"I tried to finish well," said Libruk, who won last week's Green Mountain Lake Invitational in Pawling. "I didn't feel all that good during the race, but I wanted to finish strong."

Libruk and Vallecorsa didn't have to look too far behind them to find their Shaker teammates. Christian Delago took seventh place with a time of 13:43.02, followed by Kyle Foster (eighth, 13:43.88) and Ryan Recchia (10th, 13:58.14).

"The grouping was great," said Springstead. "We had one guy who didn't have a good race, but otherwise the grouping was very good."

The Shaker boys and Colonie girls will be among several of Section II's top teams going to Saturday's Manhattan Invitational in New York City. Shaker will run in the Eastern States division, while Colonie will be in the Varsity D girls race.

"That's going to be a very good race," Springstead said of the Eastern States field, which includes New Jersey powers Don Bosco Prep and CBA-Lincroft, Fayetteville-Manlius from the Syracuse region and Rush-Henrietta from suburban Rochester.

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