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Syracuse Track & Field: ACC Outdoor Championships Preview

The Syracuse Orange Men's Track & Field team is looking to sweep the ACC titles this year, do they have a chance? Will the Orange women be able to improve upon last year's 10th place finish?

Margo Malone looks to defend her ACC 10000m title
Margo Malone looks to defend her ACC 10000m title

The Syracuse Orange Track & Field teams head to the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in Tallahassee. The men are looking to sweep the ACC titles this year after having won cross-country and indoor, but it will be a lot harder based upon the number of events where Syracuse does not have an entrant.

Leading the way for the men will be ACC Champions Freddie Crittenden and Justyn Knight, but if the Orange are to win another trophy it will be a result of the depth in the hurdles and distance events. Syracuse would need to pile up big points in the 110m hurdles, 5k and 10k events, and get strong finishes from the rest of the roster to complete the sweep. The host Florida State Seminoles will be looking to repeat as Men's Champions.

The Orange women aren't deep enough to contend for a team title this year, but they will be led by two former ACC Champions of their own in Shaina Harrison and Margo Malone. Syracuse will be hoping to get some high finishes to crack the top 10 in the team competition. The Clemson Tigers are the defending champions on the women's side.

Here are the Syracuse athletes entered this weekend, along with a note of who is seeded in the top 10 in the ACC heading into the meet:

100m- Winston Lee (6th seed) on the men's side. Shaina Harrison (10th seed) and Khadejia Sellers run for the women.

Hurdles- Freddie Crittenden- (1st seed), David Gilstrap and Richard Floyd- (tied for 5th seed),  Chevis Armstead (7th seed), and Powel Deslandes in the men's 110m hurdles. Tia Thevenin (7th seed) and Danielle Delgado will compete in the women's 100m hurdles.

200m- Zach Warden and Kashif Miller represent the men, with Victoria Parker and Sellers entered for the women.

400m- Brittany Belo is the only Syracuse athlete in this event.

800m- Paul Lovell is the lone Syracuse entrant.

1500m- Justyn Knight, the defending Champion is not entered this year, so Adam Palamar (2nd seed), Joel Hubbard (7th seed) and Nick Ryan will look to keep the crown in Syracuse. Chelsea Pennello and Bridget Twomey will compete for the women.

5000m- -Justyn Knight (1st seed), Colin Bennie (8th seed), Palamar (10th seed), Philo Germano, Mickey Burke, and Hubbard lead a deep Orange group.  Margo Malone, Shaylyn Tuite, and Mary Malone

10000m- Knight is scheduled to make his 10k debut, and he'll be joined by Bennie (2nd seed), Germano (3rd seed), Dan Lennon (5th seed), Juris Silenieks, and Kevyn Hoyos are loaded in this event. Shaylyn Tuite (1st seed), Margo Malone (Defending Champion and 2nd seed), Maura Linde (5th seed), and Shannon Malone (8th seed) make this the best distance event for the women.

4x100 relay- Syracuse Men (Crittenden, Lee, Miller, and Warden) are the 3rd seed. The women (Harrison, Sellers, Parker, and Rebecca Robinson) are the 9th seed.

4x400 relay- The women's team of Sellers, Robinson, Belo, and Parker have not competed this season, so they draw the 15th seed.

Field Events- Pascal Bastien and Reggie Morton will compete in the triple jump, while Randall Johnson in the High Jump. Regine Hunter- Triple Jump

Coverage of the meet is available on We'll be back next week to recap the meet.