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Syracuse Track & Field: Depth on Display

Even with top athletes sitting out, the Orange had several wins at the Upstate Challenge last weekend

Syracuse is looking to repeat as ACC Indoor Champs in 2017
Eric Canha-

The Syracuse Orange Track and Field teams are using the first few meets of the indoor season to give athletes opportunities to compete while making sure the top competitors are ready for the ACC and NCAA Championships. These early meets allow the coaches to see how younger athletes respond to competition at the collegiate level and for Syracuse a number of them answered the call at Cornell University on Saturday.

With Tia Thevenin sitting this meet out after her school record, Danielle Delgado stepped in and won the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.56. Justice Richardson (3rd in 7.72) and Victoria Parker (5th in 7.88) both scored in the 60m dash. Sydney Leiher won the 800m in 2:17.22 and then came back with a 2nd-place finish (4:54.63) in the mile behind teammate Paige Stoner (4:52.55). McKenzie Altmayer (4th in 5:01.08), Rachel Bonner (5th in 5:01.12) and Madeleine Davison (7th in 5:03.04) made their Syracuse track debuts by scoring in the mile. Other scorers for the women were Chelsie Pennello (6th in 10:22) in the 3000m and Aviana Goode who grabbed a 4th place finish in the long jump and a 5th place finish in the high jump.

The Syracuse men showed their depth in the Mile as well, as the Orange took 5 of the top 6 places led by freshman Joe Dragon’s win in 4:14.57. Following him were Kevin James (2nd in 4:15.91), TJ Hornberger (4th in 4:16.35), Griff Molino (5th in 4:17.56) and Nick Ryan (6th in 4:20.08). All-American Adam Palamar won the 800m in a time of 1:52.53 with Paul Lovell taking 3rd in 1:54.86. Aidan Tooker was 2nd (2:27.57) in the 1000m and Dominic Hockenbury finished 6th in the 3000m in a time of 8:34.81.

Orange hurdlers Chevis Armstead (2nd in 8.29) and Richard Floyd (3rd in 8.32) continued Syracuse’s success in the 60m hurdles. This gives the Orange four strong competitors in this event. Kashif Miller finished 4th in the 60m dash in a time of 7.03 while Pascal Bastien added a 5th place in the 400m.

In rankings news, the Syracuse men were 6th in this week’s USTFCCA poll. It’s a drop of one spot, but we haven’t seen Justyn Knight, Colin Bennie, or Freddie Crittenden III yet this season. The Orange will be back in action this weekend with the team split between meets, but and we will recap the results next week.