The Syracuse Orange track and field teams sent a limited team to Cornell yesterday to compete in the Marc Deneault Invitational. It was the team's final competition before next weekend's ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston, and the Orange turned in several strong performances.
High jumper Jabari Butler took 1st with a winning jump of 6' 9.75". Butler is currently 2nd on this season's ACC Performance List with a season-best of 7' 0.5". Once again, Freddie Crittenden III took 1st in the 60m hurdle event. Crittenden's winning time was 7.80 and he'll head into the ACC meet as the favorite. Richard Floyd and Chevis Armstead took 5th and 6th respectively in the event.
In the 60m dash, Winston Lee was 3rd in a time of 6.79 seconds. Paul Lovell took 3rd in the 400m in 51.04 seconds. Even with most of the top distance runners missing this meet, Syracuse took 2nd through 5th in the mile: Griff Molino (2nd in 4:14.35), Juris Silenieks (3rd in 4:14.80), Joe Kush (4th in 4:15.11), and Simon Smith (5th in 4:15.75).
For the Orange women, Danielle Delgado was 1st in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.72 seconds. Regine Hunter won the triple jump with a leap of 39' 8.5". Shaina Harrison had the 2nd fastest time in the 60m preliminaries, but committed a false start in the final. Harrison remains the Orange's best hope for an ACC individual title next weekend, so hopefully she can avoid a similar error next weekend.
As with the men, the women were strong finishers in the mile led by Mary Malone (3rd in 5:07), Emily Nist (4th in 5:08), and Fiona Hendry (8th in 5:16). The other Syracuse athletes who placed yesterday were: Sasche Allen (8th in the 400), Natalie Zazzara (4th in the 600m), and Nia Gibson (5th in the 600m).
We'll have more coverage of the Track & Field teams leading up to the ACC meet, so watch for that throughout the week.