The Syracuse Orange track and field teams took the “divide and conquer” approach last weekend. The team participated in three separate meets: The Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton, the Virginia Challenge and the Georgia Tech Invitational and at each stop the Orange were turning in strong performances.
Kadejhia Sellers was the top performer of the weekend as she captured two more Syracuse school records. Sellers broke Sandy McFarland’s 400m record with a time of 52.88, which is the 2nd-fastest in the ACC this season. Then Sellers teamed with Victoria Parker, Justice Richardson, and Dasia Pressley, for the 4x100m relay. That team broke the Syracuse record in the event with a time of 45.23. This gives Sellers four new school records in 2017 and she’s still got 2+ years to go.
Also starring at the Yellow Jacket Invitational was Freddie Crittenden III who took home another victory in the 110m hurdles. Crittenden continues to run strong as he looks to close out his final season with a flourish. He also did double duty running on the 2nd place 4x100m team with Winston Lee, Kashif Miller, and Pascal Bastien.
At the Virginia Challenge, Justyn Knight made his outdoor debut taking the 1500m victory in an ACC-leading time of 3:42.11. Freshman Aidan Tooker turned in a 5th place finish in the 3000m steeplechase, which gives him top-10 ACC times in that event and the 5000m. With Philo Germano and Colin Bennie also ranking highly, the Orange are once again poised for some top finishes in the distance events.
On the women’s side, Paige Stoner completed a double, finishing 5th in the women’s steeple on Friday night and then coming back with an 8th place in the 5000m on Saturday. Stoner is ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in three events as she continues her strong 2017 campaign.
The Orange have a couple of weeks before the ACC Championships. The team will continue to spread out as they seek to lock up NCAA Regional qualifiers and we’ll keep you updated.