The Syracuse Orange track and field teams kicked off the 2019 outdoor track season with a bang over the weekend. Out at the Stanford Invitational on Friday evening we saw both 10k school records fall. First it was Paige Stoner dropping over 20 seconds off Margo Malone’s school record as she ran 32:07.36 to finish 4th overall. Stoner was right behind Boise State Broncos star Allie Ostrander for the top collegiate spot. Ostrander is the defending NCAA Champion in the steeplechase and this performance shows that Stoner has to be considered among the top distance runners in the country. Laura Dickinson was 30th in the 10k at Stanford in a time of 33:37.37 while Madeleine Davison (35:28) was 4th in the event in Raleigh.
In the men’s 10k Iliass Aouani set a new Syracuse and ACC record in the 10k running 28:25.36 on his way to a 9th place finish. Aouani beat the former record of 28:27.7 set by Martin Hehir. This was a statement performance by the junior as he puts up a top 10 NCAA time and shows he’ll be one to watch the rest of the season. Joe Dragon set a new 10k PR with his 29:41 at Stanford while at the Raleigh Relays, Dom Hockenbury ran 29:48 to finish 7th at that meet.
The PR’s didn’t stop for the Orange as Aidan Tooker dropped his 5k time down to 13:48.85 in a 6th place finish at Stanford. Freshman Matt Scrape turned in a 14:06 debut to finish in the top 10 among collegians at Raleigh. Other Syracuse 5k times over the weekend were Nathan Henderson (14:15), Noah Beveridge (14:15) and Simon Smith (14:16) in Raleigh and Michael Phillips (14:20) at Stanford. For the women, Rachel Bonner (16:05) and Melissa Lodge (17:28) were at Stanford while Abigail Spiers ran 16:52 in Raleigh.
Down at the Florida Relays the Syracuse women were led by Dasia Pressley (23.95 in the 200m) Alexis Crosby (55.0 in the 400m) and Aviana Goode (13.99 in the 100m hurdles and 5’5” in the high jump). Matt Moore led the Orange men in Florida with a 10th place finish in the 110m hurdles in a time of 14.13. He was followed by Richard Floyd (14.24) Andrew Aguilera (14.86) and Kevin Almonte (15.3).
Syracuse will be back in action this weekend at Princeton with a trip to Miami on the following weekend.