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Syracuse Track & Field, NCAA Day One: Crittenden & Palamar Advance, Bennie Earns 1st Team AA Honors

The first day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship is in the books and the Syracuse Orange Track & Field team had a solid start to the meet.

As we previewed yesterday, the Syracuse Orange Track & Field athletes competing at the NCAA Championships in Birmingham were not expected to bring home any titles, but after the first day, it's safe to say that this will be a good performance from the Orange.

Colin Bennie earned 1st-team All-America honors in the 5k with an 8th-place finish. Bennie's time of 13:53.64 was just over a second out of 3rd place. The race became a two-man affair between Oregon Ducks star Edward Cheserek and Virginia Tech Hokies standout Thomas Curtin. Cheserek pulled away at the end for the the win in a time of 13:47.89, and then turned around less than an hour late to anchor the Ducks to a win in the DMR by clocking a 3:52.84 mile split....which is why he's known as King Ches.  He'll be looking for his 3rd title in the meet when he takes on Justyn Knight and the rest of the 3k field at 6:10pm today.

Syracuse started the competition on a strong note with Adam Palamar advancing to the final in the Mile. Palamar ran a 4:09.40 to finish 2nd in heat behind Oregon Ducks runner Blake Haney. This gave Palamar an automatic qualifier into today's 4:00 pm final. Joel Hubbard's time of 4:11.91 earned him a 15th-place finish and 2nd-team All-America honors in his 1st NCAA Track Championship appearance.

Freddie Crittenden was the next to take the track and he turned in a personal best time of 7.68 to finish 2nd in his heat behind Oregon's Devon Allen. Crittenden had the 3rd fastest time in qualifying and he'll compete today at 4:25 as he looks to earn his highest finish at a NCAA Championship.

In the women's 60m dash, Shaina Harrison finished 13th with a time of 7.38 seconds. Harrison earned 2nd-team All-America honors in the event.

In the team battles, Oregon leads the men's over Washington and the Georgia Bulldogs lead the Arkansas Razorbacks in the women's competition.

The competition is available live on Watch ESPN.