The Syracuse Orange track and field teams got their first individual title on Day One of the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships when Iliass Aouani took home the men’s 10k title. Aouani took control of the race after the 2k split and held the lead the rest of the way winning in a time of 29:01.13 which just missed the facility record. Aouani had finished 2nd in the 10k at last year’s ACC meet and this is his first ACC individual championship.
Joe Dragon closed strong in the final 1K to take 4th place in 29:51 with Kevin James finishing 9th in 30:16 and Dom Hockenbury 11th in 30:42. The Orange earned fifteen points to move into second place in the team competition behind the Virginia Cavailers.
Nathan Henderson advanced to the finals in the 1500m after finishing 3rd in his heat in a time of 3:49.49. Michael Phillips (3:50.39) and John Flannery (3:56.13 season best) were unable to advance out of the heats.
For the Syracuse women on Thursday Dasia Pressley turned in a season-best time of 23.71 in the 200m dash but it was .04 seconds out of the final qualifying spot. In the women’s 1500m Melissa Lodge ran a personal-best time of 4:31.32 to finish 18th while Abigail Spiers was 21st in 4:33.64. The Florida State Seminoles have jumped out to the lead in the women’s team competition.
Syracuse is back in action for Day 2 tonight starting at 6:00. Once again you can follow the results online and watch on ACC Network Extra.