The Syracuse Orange entered Day 2 of the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships with a lead in the team competition. Behind winning performances from Justyn Knight and Freddie Crittenden, the Orange were able to take the championship with a total of 88 points to the 76.5 points scored by the 2nd-place Clemson Tigers. This was the 2nd Indoor Track & Field Conference Championship in Syracuse history, joining the 1992 Big East Championship squad.
Justyn Knight received Male Performer of the Meet honors as he completed the 5K/3K double by taking the 3,000m in a time of 8:02.68. Knight used a 2nd to last lap of 27.98 seconds to take the lead and hold off Henry Wynne from Virginia, the same runner who edged Knight in the DMR on Thursday. Colin Bennie was 4th in 8:05.42 with Philo Germano (9th in 8:09.23), and Kevyn Hoyos (11th in 8:11.50) also completing strong showings in the 5k/3k for the Orange.
Freddie Crittenden delivered Syracuse's other Individual Title by taking the 60m hurdles crown in a time of 7.74 seconds. The depth of the hurdles crew was evident as Richard Floyd (2nd in 7.86) and David Gilstrap (4th in 8.01) scored critical points for the Orange.
Joel Hubbard (2nd in 4:02.62) and Adam Palamar (3rd in 4:02.73) got the afternoon started on a strong note for Syracuse. Winston Lee added to the Orange's team total with his 5th place finish in the 60m dash in a time of 6.77 seconds. The hurdle and distance group made sure the Syracuse lead would hold and the Orange have now won 4 of the 8 XC/Track Championships held since joining the ACC.
The Orange women finished 11th overall, but several individuals turned in strong performances on Saturday. Sydney Leiher finished 4th in the mile in a time of 4:40.83. Shaina Harrison (2nd in 7.29) and Kadehjia Sellers (5th in 7.47) both placed in the 60m dash. The 4x400 relay team of Rebecca Robinson, Brittany Belo, Danielle Delgado, and Kadehjia Sellers finished 7th in a time of 3:43.62.
Several Syracuse athletes will compete next weekend at the IC4A/ECAC meet. The NCAA Championships will be held in two weeks and we'll see if Knight, Crittenden, Bennie and Harrison can continue their strong seasons against the country's best.
Here are some of Syracuse's highlights from Friday's action: