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Paige Stoner dominates at Day 2 of ACC Championships

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Track and Field: Payton Jordan Invitational Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange fans have seen some impressive years in 2017-18 but the one which might be the most underappreciated is the one being turned in by Paige Stoner. On Friday evening, Stoner dominated the 3000m steeplechase leading the race from the start and winning in a new Syracuse and ACC Championship meet record time of 9:50.42. This is the 3rd-fastest time in the event in the NCAA this season as Stoner continues to add more honors to her resume.

In the men’s 3000m steeplechase, Noah Affolder took the lead early in the race and was able to bring home his 1st ACC title in a personal-best time of 8:46.22. Aidan Tooker recovered from a fall in the final 800 meters to capture 2nd in 8:48.63. Affolder and Tooker are now in the top 12 in the country in the event and will be strong contenders to make it to Eugene next month.

The Orange men’s 110m hurdle group advanced three athletes to Saturday’s final. Matt Moore (2nd in 14.05), Angelo Goss (3rd in 14.08) and Richard Floyd (4th in 14.16) will be looking to chase down Trey Cunningham of the Florida State Seminoles. The event holds a lot of potential points for the Orange who are currently in 3rd in the team competition with 41 points. (Edit- my apologies to Winston Lee who also qualified for the men’s 100m final today.)

Kadejhia Sellers won her heat in the women’s 400 meters and advances to the final with the 8th fastest time. Sellers will be looking for more points to help the Orange women who are currently in 9th place with 15 team points.

Saturday’s track events start at 5:00 pm with coverage on ACC Extra.