If you've followed the Syracuse Orange cross-country and track programs, you've heard this before, but once again Margo Malone and Martin Hehir delivered outstanding performances against top competition, In the first outdoor track meet of the season, Malone and Hehir set new Syracuse school records in the 10000m run during Friday night's Stanford Invitational.
Margo Malone placed 8th in the top section of the women's 10000 m in a time of 32:29.89, which shattered the previous record of 33:00.46 set last year by Sarah Pagano. Malone was the 3rd fastest collegiate runner in the race, which also featured American distance star Shalane Flanagan. To put the time in perspective, Malone ran faster than last year's NCAA championship winning time. While most of the championship races are tactical in nature, the time shows that Malone will be a contender at the distance if she qualifies for the NCAA meet in Eugene, and there is also this fact about her performance on Friday evening:
(If we are figuring this right) Margo Malone's 32:29.89 10k last night is the 12th fastest all time run by an American collegiate.— Brien Bell (@suxc) April 4, 2015
Hehir finished 2nd in the men's 10000 m, and was the first collegiate runner, with a time of 28:27.70, This time broke the previous record of 28:42, which was set back in 1982 by Charlie Bevier. Hehir notched his 1st Outdoor school record, and qualified for the US Track and Field Championships in the event. Hehir also continued his dominating 2014-15 season, as he now holds the Syracuse records in the Mile, 3k, and 10k and is making a certain prediction look pretty good right now. Dan Lennon (17th) and Reed Kamyszek (19th) also finished in the top 20 in the 10k with times of 28:46 and 28:49 respectively. Syracuse should be well-represented in the event at the NCAA Regional qualifier in May.
Flotrack.org caught up with Hehir for a post-race interview:
All in all, Friday was a pretty good day for Syracuse 10k runners as confirmed by this:
Quick stats. Tonight's new 10k marks on the SU All Time list ... Hehir (1), Lennon (3), Kamyszek (4), Margo Malone (1) and Linde (4).— Brien Bell (@suxc) April 4, 2015
It wasn't just the 10k runners who fared well at Stanford. Senior Jesse Petersen (11th place in her heat) set a new PR with a time of 16:20 in the 5k, while on the Men's side, Colin Bennie (8th place in his heat) ran 13:53, which is only 7 seconds off of the Syracuse school record.
While the distance group was out west, the sprint/hurdle group travelled down to Auburn for the Tiger Track Classic. Syracuse placed 3 in the top 10 of the 110 m hurdles led by Freddie Crittenden in 2nd place. Donald Pollitt was 6th in the event and David Gilstrap finished 10th is his outdoor debut for the Orange. Sofia Mossberg turned in the top performance on the women's side with her 5th place finish in the 100 m hurdles. Syracuse is back in action next weekend in Miami.