When the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships kick off in Des Moines Iowa this week there will be several Syracuse Orange alums competing. Spots in this year’s World Championships are on the line so this year’s USA meet takes on extra significance.
Starting things off on Thursday evening is Sarah Pagano in the women’s 10000m run. Pagano enters with the third-fastest time in the event this season (31:51.66) which she ran back in May. That time puts her behind Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson but Sarah will need to not only finish in the top 3 but also reach the IAAF standard of 31:50 in the process. With Huddle and Sisson also competing in the marathon, Sarah is going to be right in the mix in this event with next year’s Olympics on the horizon. The women’s 10000m will be run on Thursday night at 9:50 pm ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Gold.
On Friday afternoon Paige Stoner takes to the track in the women’s 3000m steeplechase. When Paige and I spoke in June she was planning on staying with the 10000m but then she met the IAAF standard in the steeplechase with a personal best of 9:39.1 and decided to go with this event where she is seeded seventh. It was clear when we spoke that that Paige really enjoys the event and with the standard met she only needs a top three finish to make the World Championships squad. The first round of the steeplechase is Friday at 5:57 pm and will be shown on NBC Sports Gold.
The 110m hurdles takes to the track on Saturday afternoon with the first round scheduled for a 3:23 pm ET start. Syracuse alums Jaret Eaton and Freddie Crittenden III are both competing in the event. Eaton has the fourth fastest seed time with a 13.33 while Crittenden is right behind him at 13.36 and both are under the 13.40 IAAF standard. Grant Holloway’s 12.98 is the fastest seed time in the event. Finals of the 110m hurdles will be on Sunday at 8:20 pm ET. Both days will be shown on NBC.
Our neighbors to the North are also determining the roster for Worlds this week. Justyn Knight will compete Thursday night in Montreal in the 5000m and Adam Palamar runs the 1500m at the Canadian Athletics Championships. Justyn has the IAAF standard in the 5000m and is looking for his second straight World Championships appearance after his 9th place finish in 2017.
Good luck to all of the Orange alums this week.