Coming into Friday’s Northeast Regional race, the Syracuse Orange men’s cross-country team was looking to build momentum before the NCAA Championships. I think it’s safe to say that the team accomplished that goal. Led by Justyn Knight’s fourth straight win in 2016, Syracuse took the team title with a score of 29 points.
As they did during the ACC Championships, the Orange placed all 5 scorers in the top 10 to easily outdistance the Iona Gaels who finished in 2nd with 65 points. Knight’s winning time was 30:30 over the 10k course at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Colin Bennie (2nd in 30:32), Iliass Aouani (7th in 30:41), Philo Germano (9th in 30:47), and Joel Hubbard (10th in 30:47) completed the scoring for the Orange. Adam Visokay (15th in 30:52) joined the top 5 on the All-Region team while Griff Molino (32nd in 31:30) rounded out the Syracuse team.
The Orange were content to let Iona set the pace for most of the race, waiting until the last 2k to take control. The fact that Syracuse looked so strong as a group at the end is a very good sign heading into next weekend’s NCAA Championships in Terre Haute. While they won’t be the favorites next week, Syracuse looks to be in a much better position than they did a month ago.
We’ll take a detailed look at their chances later this week, but with Knight leading the way and the top 5 being able to stick close together, Syracuse is going to be in the hunt for a repeat of last year.
Unfortunately the Orange women were unable to come up with the race they needed to advance. In 2nd place at the 3k mark, Syracuse couldn’t hold that pace and fell back to 7th. Paige Stoner (10th in 20:43) led the way, missing out on an individual bid to Terre Haute by one place and less than one second. Emma Wilson (43rd in 21:32), Sydney Leiher (62nd in 21:54), Shannon Malone (67th in 21:56), McKenzie Altmayer (74th in 21:59), Madeleine Davison (82nd in 22:05), and Mary Malone (196th in 23:34) completed the scoring for the Orange. All, but Leiher return in 2017, so look for Syracuse to rebound and be a much stronger group.