As we head into July, action is heating up in the professional ranks of the Olympic sports. Let’s check in and see how some Syracuse Orange alumni are faring.
Katie Zaferes won her fourth ITU World Triathlon Series event of the season in Montreal on Saturday. Katie continues to be the world leader this season and with two WTS events to go on the schedule before the Grand Final in August she’s in position to claim her 1st overall WTS title. In addition, her success has put Katie in the top US Olympic qualifying position for the 2020 games.
Justyn Knight finished ninth in the two mile at the IAAF Diamond League Prefontaine Invitational. Knight ran 8:19 for two miles which converts to a faster 3000m time than his existing 7:45 PR. This was Knight’s second top-10 Diamond League finish in as many competitions.
Freddie Crittenden III was a late addition to the Prefontaine Invitational but he delivered a seventh-place finish in the 110m hurdles in a time of 13.38. The time was just off his season’s best performance in the event. This was also Freddie’s second Diamond League top-10 finish in as many competitions. He currently ranks tenth in the World in the event.
Jarret Eaton has been competing in Europe the last few weeks and he earned his 2nd win of the outdoor season last Friday in Italy. Eaton’s currently ranked 16th in the world in the 110 hurdles and he’s hoping to return in top form for the US Championships later this month.
Joey Whelan secured the A standard for the US Olympic Marathon trials with his 2:13:39 at the Grandma’s Marathon in Minnesota. Whelan secures his place at the Trials in Atlanta next February and hitting the A standard means he’ll receive funding to participate at the Trials.
Sprinter Flings Owusu-Agyapong was part of the 4x100 team for Ghana who qualified for this year’s World Championships with their performance in May at the World Relays.
We’ll continue to follow these Syracuse alums as they continue to push for National and World titles in 2019.