The Syracuse Orange track and field teams will be competing at The ACC Indoor Track Championships this weekend at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. While the Orange aren’t expected to compete for the team titles, a number of athletes will be contending for ACC titles and the All-ACC recognition that goes to the top six finishers in each event.
Our 60m hurdlers Donald Pollitt and Freddie Crittenden are the only SU athletes at the top of the ACC Performance list in their event. Pollitt already has an ACC Outdoor Title and a Big East indoor Title on his resume, and will look to add an ACC Indoor crown to that list. Crittenden is coming off an All-American outdoor track season. Joining them in the ACC Top 10 list in the 60m hurdles is freshman David Gilstrap, who is ranked ninth right now. In the women’s 60m hurdles, Sofia Mossberg heads into the weekend with the sixth-fastest time.
Other top contenders for the women’s squad are: Junior Shaina Harrison -- has the second-fastest time in the 60m dash in the ACC this season, Rebecca Robinson -- her school record in the 400m has her seventh in that event, and Margo Malone -- who has the fourth-fastest time in the 3000m.
Junior distance runner Martin Hehir appears on two top-ten lists -- third in the mile and ninth in the 3,000m. I’d expect that Hehir will not run the mile this weekend, and will instead be in the 5000. Joel Hubbard is ranked sixth in the mile and will be looking to join Hehir in the Sub-4 mile club, having just missed the mark with his 4:00.18 time two weeks ago. Other runners to watch for Syracuse will be Dan Lennon, Colin Bennie and Max Straneva who should have chances to score in the 3k and 5k.
It’s remarkable to me that without any current facilities for field event athletes to practice their events, Syracuse still has three athletes in the ACC Top 10. For the women, sophomore Regine Hunter is ranked fourth in the triple jump. On the men’s side, Junior Jabari Butler is ranked third in the High Jump, while Junior Reggie Morton is currently fifth in the Long Jump.
The ACC Championship meet will be held at Virginia Tech, and Saturday’s events will be broadcast live on ESPN3.