The Syracuse Orange track and field teams are in Atlanta this weekend to compete in the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Syracuse will have two strong favorites this weekend in Freddie Crittenden III and current USTFCCCA and ACC Peformer of the Week Justyn Knight, but will be looking for other athletes to solidify qualifying positions for the upcoming NCAA Regionals. Athletes must be in the top 48 in their region in their event to make it to the Regionals, where the top 8 advance to the NCAA meet in Eugene, Oregon.
Crittenden will be looking to defend his ACC title in the 110m hurdles and his time this season is three tenths of a second faster than his closest competitor. Freddie has had a strong outdoor campaign and will be looking to maintain momentum heading into the NCAA Regionals. He still holds the fastest legal-wind time in the country in 2017.
Knight will lead a strong Orange contingent in the 5k on Sunday evening. While he shouldn’t have to repeat his 13:17 from last weekend to win, he should be able to work with teammates Philo Germano, Colin Bennie, and Aidan Tooker to soldify their standings in the region.
Germano and Bennie are also entered in the 10k, which will be held on Friday evening while Tooker is scheduled to run the 3000m steeplechase. He has the 2nd fastest time in the ACC in that event this season, so we’ll see if he can capture a conference title in his first year in Orange.
Another strong title candidate will be Adam Palamar in the 1500. Palamar has been overshadowed by Knight the last two years, but he’s been an All-American the last three seasons and continues to produce results for Syracuse. He’s expected to battle Virginia Cavailers standout Henry Wynne this weekend.
For the women, sprinter Kadejhia Sellers has the 3rd fastest time in the 400m. Sellers will have to overcome the two Miami Hurricanes seniors ahead of her, but she’s been breaking Syracuse records all year and can’t be counted out this weekend.
Paige Stoner and Sydney Leiher are ranked 2nd and 3rd in the 3000m steeplechase and the Orange duo will look to take down favorite Ellie Abrahmson of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
The other Syracuse athletes ranked in the top 10 in the ACC heading into the meet are:
- Chevis Armstead II (7th) in the 110m hurdles
- Winston Lee (9th) in the 100m
- The women’s (8th) and men’s (6th) 4x100m relay teams.