The Syracuse Orange track and field teams are down at Florida State University for the 2015 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet begins tomorrow and continues Friday and Saturday, and fans can follow the action live on ESPN3 with Olympic Gold Medalist Dan O'Brian providing commentary.
While Syracuse is not expected to compete for the team title on either side (Florida State is looking defend their titles on both sides), but there are a number of Orange athletes currently ranked in the top 10 in the ACC. Let's take a look at the women first:
- Shaina Harrison has the 2nd fastest time in the 100m and is looking to add an outdoor ACC title to go with her 60m indoor title.
- Rebecca Robinson is ranked 10th in the 400m, but her last race was a month ago and she'll have a chance at breaking the Syracuse school record this wekend.
- Margo Malone has the fastest time in the 10000m by over 30 seconds. With NCAA Regionals in two weeks, we might see Malone in the 5000m instead, but she would also be a solid contender to score in that race. Teammates Maura Linde and Jesse Petersen are 4th and 5th in the event
- Sydney Leiher has the 10th fastest time in the 3000m steeplechase
- Regine Hunter is ranked 3rd in the triple jump
- The women's 4x100m relay team is 7th in the ACC
The 19th-ranked Orange men's team has a bit more depth than the women and should finish in the top half despite missing competitors in the throwing events. Ranked for Syracuse on the men's side are:
- Hurdlers Donald Pollitt and Freddie Crittenden rank 1st and 3rd respectively in the 110m hurdles. Pollitt is looking to defend his 2014 ACC title in the event.
- Justyn Knight has the fastest ACC time in both the 1500m and 5000m.
- Martin Hehir has the fastest ACC time in the 10000m and the 2nd fastest 5000m time. Last year Hehir won the 10000m title.
- SU is well-represented in the 5000m and 10000m. Colin Bennie (6th) and Joel Hubbard (10th) join Knight and Hehir in the 5000m rankings while Dan Lennon (2nd), Reed Kamyszek (3rd), and Philo Germano (10th) join Hehir in the top-10 of the 10000m.
- Jabari Butler is tied for 7th in the high jump and Reggie Morton is tied for 9th in the long jump
- The Orange 4x100m relay has the 5th fastest time in the ACC