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Syracuse Track and Field weekend recap

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Several athletes make season debuts for the Orange

2018 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championship Photo by Joe Koshollek/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

This past weekend saw more Syracuse Orange track and field members start their seasons off as the Orange competed in NYC and Boston. The sprint and hurdle group was at The Armory in NYC to participate in the Dr. Sander Columbia Invitational. Syracuse was led by freshman Aja Davis who placed 5th in the 60m dash in a time of 7.51. She was followed by Dennisha Page (8th in 7.61) and Eunice Boateng (9th in 7.64). Senior Dasia Pressley was 6th in the 200m dash in a time of 24.29. Boateng was 10th (24.55) while Page was 13th in 24.58. In the 60m hurdles Shaleah Colaire was 21st in a time of 8.76 while the women’s 4x400m relay of Page, Pressley, Colaire and Alexis Crosby took 19th.

The Syracuse men were led in NYC by Tyler Garland who took 1st in the 60m hurdles in a time of 7.97 with Jamil Adams 3rd in 8.09 and Naseem Smith 6th in 8.13. Chris Tucker finished 13th in the 60m dash (6.94) and Jordan Davenport was 14th in the 200m dash (22.19).

Syracuse’s distance runners were in Boston for the Terrier Classic hosted by Boston University. Joe Dragon took 1st in the 5k in a new personal record and ACC-leading time of 13:59.49 with Matthew Scrape in 16th (14:37.07) and Nathan Lawler 17th (14:37.63). Nathan Henderson built off his strong XC season to open up with a 4:02 mile. Henderson’s time leads the ACC and was good for 11th place at BU.

The women were led by Annie Heffernan who finished 2nd in the 5k in a time of 16:34.31. This time is currently the 2nd-fastest in the ACC this season and was almost a minute faster than Heffernan’s last 5k in December. Abigail Spears was 20th in the 3k with a 9:50.03 finishing time.

In other Syracuse XC/Track news, redshirt freshman Alex Comerford was 4th at the USATF Jr. XC Championships last weekend in San Diego. Comerford qualifies for the Pan Am Cup to be held in Canada at the end of February. Syracuse alum Paige Stoner was 2nd in the women’s race in San Diego and will join Comerford on the Pan Am team. Stoner was in action in NYC on Saturday where she was 9th in the women’s 3k while Justyn Knight started his 2020 indoor season with a win in the mile at Columbia with a 3:59.32.

Syracuse will be back in action in Boston and Seattle next weekend with meets at Harvard, BU and the University of Washington.