It was a quiet weekend for the Syracuse Orange track and field teams in terms of the number of athletes competing. That didn’t stop those who did compete from putting up some impressive performances. Kadehjia Sellers broke the Syracuse record in the 400m for the second time this season. Sellers ran 53.39 on Saturday, which puts her in the top-15 nationally in the event. On Friday evening, Sellers narrowly missed the Syracuse record in the 60m dash, turning in a time of 7.37, which is .01 off the record. That time puts Sellers in the top 35 in the country in the event, and makes a threat to score in the event at the ACC Championships in just her second year of competing in indoor track.
One week after Adam Palamar and Justyn Knight went under 4 minutes in the mile, Joel Hubbard matched their accomplishment. Hubbard ran 3:59.37 as he won his race ahead of last year’s NCAA champion in the event, Henry Wynne from Virginia. This is the second straight year that Hubbard, Knight, and Palamar have gone under the four-minute barrier. Will we see a fourth member of that group this season? Will this be the year the Orange send a team to run the 4x1500m at the Penn Relays? That’s something I’d like to see this group of athletes get a shot at doing.
Winston Lee ran a 6.68 60m dash which sets a new personal record for Lee. This is the third-fastest time in the ACC this season, and puts Lee in the top-20 nationally. If he can keep improving and make the NCAA meet, it would be a nice boost to the Orange’s team goals. Since Lee spent the Fall with the football team, there’s hope that he has the room to improve the rest of the way.
Freddie Crittenden III won the 60m hurdles on Friday evening with a time of 7.72. David Gilstrap (2nd in 8.01) and Chevis Armstead II (4th in 8.11) continued their strong campaign as once again the Orange show their depth in the event. Tia Thevenin (3rd in 8.30) and Danielle Delgado (4th in 8.39) lead the Syracuse women in the 60m hurdles.
Next weekend will serve as the last major meets before the ACC Championships. Syracuse will be sending athletes to Iowa State, Boston University, and Cornell to compete. The Orange will be looking to get more qualifiers for the ACC meet, as well as hoping to have several athletes improve their chances of making the NCAA Indoor Championships.