If it seems like each week that a new Syracuse Orange track school record is broken, it's because it isn't that far off. SU's distance runners returned to Stanford last weekend for the Payton Jordan Invitational. This time the outdoor 5k record fell as Freshman Justyn Knight turned in a time of 13:34.86, which beat the previous record of 13:46.46 set by Jim O'Connell back in 1982. Senior Martin Hehir was close behind Knight and also finished well under the previous record with a time of 13:35.70.
The times also place Knight and Hehir in the top 10 nationally in the event, which gives them both two events where they are still among the top 10 (Knight in the 1500 and 5k and Hehir in the 5k and 10k). It's easy to say that the Syracuse duo are having the best outdoor season since O'Connell and Charlie Bevier in 1982, and are looking to be strong contenders for NCAA titles. Knight's time also set a new Canadian Junior record in the event, besting a record that had stood for 52 years.
Couldn't break the Canadian junior and Syracuse track 5k record record without him 13:34 and 13:35 #TCB pic.twitter.com/OjVDxcfmrk— Justyn Knight (@justyn_knight) May 3, 2015