Syracuse Orange distance star Justyn Knight continued his onslaught on the school record book again this weekend. Taking part in the Millrose Games on Saturday Knight broke his own Syracuse record in the 3000m when he ran 7:45.86. For the second week in a row Justyn took second place behind Shadrack Kipchirchir as he was unable to catch the US Army pro in the final lap at The Armory.
Knight’s time is the 9th fastest collegiate time in history and yet he still felt that he could have gone faster.
As Knight mentioned, he’s in position to post NCAA qualifiers in the Mile, 3k and 5k this season and then pick and choose which event(s) to enter at the Championships. If I had to guess, I think we’ll see him in the 3k or 5k (or perhaps attempt a double) because those tactical races favor his combination of speed and strength.
Justyn wasn’t the only member of the Orange to deliver a strong performance this wekeend. The sprint/hurdle group was in Boston for two meets over and both Justice Richardson and Dasia Pressley picked up victories in the 60m dash. Angelo Goss was the top collegian in the 60m hurdles finishing behind alum Ramon Sosa on Friday evening.
Speaking of Syracuse track alums, it was a very good week for them. Jaret Eaton ran a world-leading time in the 60m hurdles last week in France and has three of the 10-fastest times in the event this season. Freddie Crittenden was 3rd in the 60m hurdles at Millrose and is 6th on the US list this season. Martin Hehir earned a 5th place finish at the US XC Championships and doing it while he’s in medical school and competing against professional runners is even more impresive. Congrats to all of them as they continue to represent Syracuse well!