The Syracuse Orange Track and Field teams put together some seriously fast times this weekend at Penn State and Boston University, highlighted by 3 runners breaking 4 minutes in the Mile. Last year at this time, saw the 1st two sub-4 miles in Syracuse history and we didn't have to wait that long to see two more runners join the club.
Justyn Knight made his official Syracuse indoor debut pretty memorable by blistering the BU track with a 3:56.87 mile, which sets a new Syracuse school record (and improves his PR by almost 3 seconds). Knight finished 2nd in the race and he was followed closely by Adam Palamar in 3:58.55 and Joel Hubbard in 3:58.94. Right now, Knight's time ranks as the NCAA's fastest this season and Palamar and Hubbard are 4th and 6th respectively. The 3 runners officially join Martin Hehir in the Syracuse Sub-4 Club.
The Syracuse distance group wasn't done putting up fast times though. Colin Bennie turned in a 7:54.39 in the 3k (5th fastest in the NCAA) and Philo Germano and Kevyn Hoyos ran 14:00 and 14:04 in the 5k, which places them 11th and 14th nationally at this point.
On the women's side, Sydney Leiher ran a season-best time of 4:45 in the mile, which puts her 6th in the ACC right now. Margo Malone opened her 2016 indoor season with a 9:43 in the 3k (14th fastest in the ACC), while in the 5k, Shaylyn Tuite (16:49 6th in ACC) and Mary Malone (17:32 15th in ACC) established season-bests in the event.
At the Penn State National meet, the Orange sprint/hurdle/jump group continued their impressive season. Shaina Harrison and Freddie Crittenden III once again were the fastest collegians in their events. Harrison ran a season-best time of 7.36 in the 60m dash as she continues to hold the fastest time in the ACC in the event. Crittenden won the 60m hurdles in a time of 7.76. He is tied for the 4th-fastest time in the country at this point, and is having his best indoor season in a Syracuse uniform. Once again, David Gilstrap (5th), Richard Floyd (6th), and Chevis Armstead (7th) joined Crittenden in the finals. The Syracuse hurdle group are all ranked in the top 5 in the ACC right now.
In the women's 400m, Khadejia Sellers was 4th (54.52 6th in ACC) while Rebecca Robinson finished 7th (54.87 7th in ACC). Tia Thevenin turned in her fastest time of the season in the 60m hurdles, running 8.39 to finish 5th. She currently ranks 6th in the ACC in the event. SU's 4x4 team of Sellers, Robinson, Brittany Belo, and Danielle Delgado won their heat and had the 2nd fastest time of the day with a 3:44.69. On the men's side, Jabari Butler finished 3rd in the high jump with a season-best of 7' 0.5" that ranks 2nd in the ACC.
Here are some highlights from Penn State: