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Syracuse Track and Field heating up

The Orange continue their strong performance.

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Noah Affolder gets his 1st collegiate win
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The Syracuse Orange track and field teams were schedule to be off this past weekend but with the weather impacting previous meets, the Orange were back at it. Once again the teams split up with the sprint/hurdle group heading to Florida while the distance group went to Bucknell.

Tia Thevenin turned in a season-best time in the 100m hurdles at Florida. Thevenin’s 13.38 was fast enough for 3rd place and gives her the 6th-fastest time in the ACC this season. Aviana Goode was 2nd in the high jump with a clearance of 1.86 meters, which is also the 6th best mark in the ACC.

For the men in Florida, Angelo Goss was 9th in the 110m hurdles but his time of 13.77 seconds stands as the 2nd-fastest ACC time. Following close behind Goss on the ACC list are Matt Moore (3rd), Richard Floyd (4th), and David Gilstrap (7th).

At Bucknell on Saturday, it was the Syracuse men who once again showed the type of performance we’ve come to expect. Justyn Knight made his season debut in the 1500m and led an Orange sweep of the top three places with his 3:42.71. Right behind Knight were Aidan Tooker (3:43.84) and Philo Germano (3:45.31).

Freshman Noah Affolder turned in his best Syracuse performance thus far as he won the 3000m steeplechase. Affolder’s time of 8:51.44 was just off the Bucknell facility record and stands as the top time in the ACC in the event this season. Last year Aidan Tooker made the NCAA’s as a freshman in the event and we’ll see if Affolder can match that this year.

The Orange will be back in action next weekend at Virgina and Princeton as we are now less than a month from the ACC Outdoor Championships.