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Saratoga, Shaker take team titles at league meet

Predmore, Libruk lead the way

Runners take off from the starting line during the Suburban Council Cross Country Championships Oct. 29 at Saratoga Spa State Park.

Runners take off from the starting line during the Suburban Council Cross Country Championships Oct. 29 at Saratoga Spa State Park. Photo by Rob Jonas.

The Saratoga Springs girls and Shaker boys cross country teams won league titles at last Saturday’s Suburban Council Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park.

Saratoga had three of the top five runners in the girls race to claim the team title with 33 points, while Shaker placed its first five runners in the top 10 of the boys race to finish first with 23 points.

Shenendehowa’s Lizzie Predmore eased her way to the individual title in the girls race with a time of 17:20.48, but it wasn’t long before Saratoga’s runners started crossing the finish line. Taylor Driscoll was second with a time of 17:41.31, and teammate Estela Smith finished third with a time of 17:53.61 to lead the Blue Streaks.

Shaker’s Maryanna Lansing broke up the Saratoga pack by finishing fourth with a time of 18:04.58, but Katie Treichel placed fifth for the Blue Streaks with a time of 18:09.50.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake was Saratoga’s closest competition in the girls division. The Lady Spartans had three runners in the top 10 and finished with 55 team points. Shen was a distant third with 105 points.

The Shaker boys team established its dominance early, as Mike Libruk and Jon Vallecorsa swept the top two places. Libruk won with a time of 15:18.19, and Vallecorsa placed second with a time of 15:23.79. Christian Delago (fourth place, 15:30.48), Ethan Hausamann (seventh, 15:53.25) and Adam Schwenzfeier (ninth, 15:57.36) also placed in the top 10 for the Blue Bison.

Saratoga finished second in the boys team standings with 62 points, and Bethlehem was third with 75 points.

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