We've talked a lot about the athletic accomplishments of Syracuse Orange distance runner Martin Hehir, but he's also been racking up awards for his academic achievements. Hehir was named the 2015 ACC Indoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, which gives him two such honors during the 2014-15 season as he was named ACC Cross-Country Scholar Athlete of the Year in the Fall. Hehir won the 5k and was 2nd in the 3k at the ACC Indoor Championships and was named Co-MVP for the meet. Joining Hehir on the ACC All-Academic Team was Sophomore Colin Bennie. For the women, sprinter Shaina Harrison and distance runner Margo Malone were selected to the ACC All-Academic Team.
Last weekend, the track teams competed at two of the bigger invitationals held during the outdoor season. The sprint and jumps groups headed to Philadelphia for The Penn Relays. Sophomore Freddie Crittenden placed 4th in the 110m hurdles while Junior Reggie Morton finished 4th in the long jump, and established a new personal best. The women's squad saw top-10 finishes at Penn: Shaina Harrison was 8th in the 100m, while Regine Hunter finished 9th in the triple jump.
The Syracuse distance group sent a 4x1600m relay team to compete at the Drake Relays. The Orange squad of Joel Hubbard, Colin Bennie, Martin Hehir and Justyn Knight finished 3rd at Drake behind Oklahoma State and Tulsa. That foursome along with Philo Germano, Sydney Leiher and Maura Linde will head to Stanford this weekend for the Payton Jordan Invitational.
In the latest USTFCCA rankings, the Syracuse Men's Outdoor team is ranked 21st in the country. It would be a major accomplishment for the program to be able to crack the Top 20 at the NCAA Championship in June.