The Syracuse Orange track and field team split between New York City and Boston this weekend and turned in some quality performances at both meets. The top performance came from junior Aidan Tooker who became the fifth Syracuse runner to break four minutes in the mile. Tooker clocked a 3:59.39 to win which is the fastest time in the ACC this year and sixth-fastest nationally. This is also the fifth straight season that Syracuse has had a sub-4 mile.
Not far behind Tooker was freshman Michael Phillips who finished in 4:02.57. Noah Beveridge and Nathan Henderson also ran under 4:10 in Boston.
The Orange distance group continued their strong performances in the 5000m where Joe Dragon (14:05) and Kevin James (14:14) were the top two collegiate runners. Dom Hockenbury (14:25) placed tenth in in the 5k while Iliass Aouani was able to get eighth place in the 3000m in 8:01. These times are all among the ACC leaders this year and if the Orange want to contend they will need to rack up lots of points in the distance events.
For the Syracuse women in Boston, Rachel Bonner was the top finisher with a second place in the mile in a time of 4:46.14 while Melissa Lodge was tenth in 4:54.96. In the 3000m Laura Dickinson finished eighth in a time of 9:29.09 while Madeleine Davison (fourth in 16:40.42) and Mary Malone (ninth in 16:49.99) turned in top-10 finishes in the 5000m. Bonner, Dickinson, Davison and Malone all moved into the top-10 among ACC runners this season.
In New York Kadejhia Sellers (55.54) and Dasia Pressley (54.90) finished sixth and seventh in the 400 meters. Aviana Goode continued her strong 2019 campaign with a fifth place finish in the high jump and a twelfth place finish in the 60m hurdles. For the Orange men in NYC Richard Floyd and Matt Moore led the way finishing third and fourth in the 60m hurdles.
Syracuse has a month before the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships and will continue to try to improve their conference rankings next weekend when they return to Boston to compete.