I joined Syracuse Orange hurdler Freddie Crittenden III on a sunny Syracuse day to talk about his new school record in the 110m hurdles. As we looked for a quiet place for our interview, a classmate saw Freddie and shouted congratulations to him. The group of students she was sitting with all starting cheering, yelling and clapping as we passed. At that point I was able to see the side of Freddie that was a bit embarrassed by the attention. He was clearly uncomfortable with their public accolades, which is the exact opposite of the Freddie Crittenden III who takes to the blocks to face the best his event can throw at him.
This past weekend Freddie set a new personal best and established a new Syracuse school record in the 110m hurdles at the Hurricane Invitational. His time of 13.42 eclipsed the 13.44 run by Jarret Eaton back in 2012. Right now, it’s the third-fastest non-wind-aided time in the world in the event, and fastest NCAA time under allowable wind conditions. For this early in the season, it’s an incredible accomplishment, especially when the race was only the second time he’s been outdoors this year. As Freddie explained to me in this clip, he trusts his preparation and doesn’t let practicing indoors impact him mentally.
With this being his final season for the Orange, Freddie told me that he’s cut away a lot of the extra distractions to focus on finishing with a flourish. He’s leading by example in practices (and in charge of the music), and he has his sights not only on a NCAA title, but landing on the all-time collegiate list for the 110m hurdles. While the Quad cheering section made Freddie a bit uncomfortable, as soon as we started talking about his event, his “laser” focus and self-confidence was evident.
You can take a listen to the full interview here:
Here are the NCAA indoor videos that I referenced during the interview.
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