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Syracuse XC: Mixed results in Madison

Aidan Tooker shines again and Laura Dickinson makes strong debut

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The Syracuse Orange cross country teams got a preview of this year’s NCAA Championships course on Saturday when they compete in the Pre-Nationals meet in Madison, Wisconsin. The Orange will hope to return next month with better overall performance as the team suffered some uneven results.

Aidan Tooker finished a close 2nd again (in 23:54.9 for 8k) as he was just edged out by BYU Cougar Rory Linkletter who won in 23:54.4. Tooker’s quickly shown that he’s capable of stepping into the top spot for Syracuse and he’ll be a strong candidate for a top 10 finish next month. After Tooker, the Orange failed to keep the strong pack running they needed and it pushed them to a 3rd place team finish in the White Race behind BYU and the Washington Huskies. Syracuse had easily handled the Huskies last month in Boston so getting beaten soundly by them over the weekend will not sit well. Noah Affolder (35th in 24:26), Iliass Aouani (43rd in 24:31), Simon Smith (56th in 24:43) and Joe Dragon (59th in 24:45) were the other Syracuse scorers on Saturday.

The Orange and Tooker will be favorites in the ACC Championships in two weeks but the competition for the top 7 spots at Regionals and NCAAs could be up for grabs. Syracuse will need to get closer to Tooker if they hope for a top 10 NCAA team finish this year.

Syracuse’s women were led by Laura Dickinson’s 29th place finish in the 6k Cardinal race. This was Dickinson’s Syracuse cross-country debut and her time of 20:52 put her just in front of Rachel Bonner, who was 33rd in 20:55. Madeleine Davison (46th in 21:11.7), Mary Malone (48th in 21:11.9) and Abigail Spears (111th in 21:50) were the other Syracuse scorers. The Orange finished 8th as a team and if Shannon Malone is able to return for the ACC Championships, Syracuse has a shot at being a top 3 team. Malone could be the difference between the Orange earning a NCAA at-large bid as well so the team hopes she’ll be back in action at least by the Northeast Regional meet. Syracuse is back up to 2nd in this week’s USTFCCCA Regional Rankings and if that held, the Orange would grab an automatic qualifier again this year.

Syracuse will send a group of athletes to Cornell this week while the top runners will prepare for the ACC Championships at Franklin Park in Boston on Friday October 26th.