The Syracuse Orange track and field teams split up this weekend with a group returning to Boston for the Valentine Invitational, while another group headed to the Iowa State Classic.
Freshmen sprinter Khadejia Sellers was the 1st to take down a Syracuse record when she turned in a time of 23.90 in the 200m, breaking the school record set by Bria Goodson in 2014. Sellers ended up finishing 3rd among collegiate competitors at the Valentine Invitational.
Colin Bennie broke Jim O'Connell's long-standing Indoor 5k record of 13:56 by turning in a blistering time of 13:38.81 in Ames. Bennie finished 3rd in the event behind Thomas Curtin of Virginia Tech and Marc Scott of Tulsa. His time is in the top 5 in the NCAA right now.
Capping off the record-breaking evening was Justyn Knight, who took down Martin Hehir's 3k record with a winning time of 7:48.71. Not only was it a Syracuse record, but it also established a new meet and facility record in the process. Knight's time is the 2nd-fastest in the NCAA this season.
Beyond these records, several other Syracuse athletes established personal bests on Friday and Saturday in Boston:
- Joel Hubbard turned in a 3:58.43 mile with Adam Palamar right behind in 3:58.98
- Sydney Leiher ran a 4:39 mile
- In the 3k in Boston, Shaylyn Tuite (9:37), Shannon Malone (9:50), Mary Malone (9:53), Rebecca Skodis (10:03) and Emily Nist (10:05) all established new PR's in the event. While not a PR, Margo Malone ran a 9:37 in the event.
- The Men's Distance Medley Relay team of Nick Ryan, Paul Lovell, Pascal Bastien, and Kevyn Hoyos ran 9:47.43, which is the fastest time in the ACC this season
- Danielle Delgado finished up 7th in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.81
- Kashif Miller (22.00) and David Gilstrap (22.25) both set new personal bests in the 200m.