The Syracuse Orange track and field teams might be splitting up all over the country to compete but they launching a combined assault on the school record books. Last weekend it was Paige Stoner taking down her own school record in the 5k. Stoner ran 15:44.04 at the Iowa State Classic putting her into the top 10 in the country in the event and making her a favorite to win an ACC title.
We missed a school record the previous weekend and want to recognize the women’s 4x400m relay team of Danielle Delgado, Alexis Harper, Tia Thevenin and Kadejhia Sellers who set a new Syracuse record with a 3:40.78 during a meet in Boston.
Justyn Knight got his first win of the indoor season as he took the men’s 5k in a time of 13:39.59 which puts him 2nd in the country in the event. Justyn just missed his 3rd straight school record time of the season but he’s showing that he’s in great form at this point in the season as he builds towards the NCAA Championships.
Justyn might not know his NCAA plans just yet, but I’d guess we see him attempt a 3k/5k double. He’d be a favorite in both events and if he wants to add to his legacy it’s an attainable goal.
Aidan Tooker put up a time of 7:56 in the 3k as he finished 10th at Iowa State while Noah Affolder turned in a 4:03.38 in the mile in Boston. While both will not qualify for the NCAA Indoor meet, they will be ones to watch at the ACC Championships. The Orange are poised to make a run at another ACC team title and will likely count on several athletes to compete in multiple events.
The Orange men moved up to 12th in this week’s USTFCCCA National Rankings. This is a 7 spot jump for Syracuse and with Knight and Angelo Goss hunting for National titles, we’ll see how the Orange can place in College Station next month.
The teams will be back at Cornell this weekend for the final tune-up before the ACC Championships at Clemson.