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Syracuse Track completes final tune-up before ACC Championships

The Orange will be hoping for individual success next week

Track & Field: USATF Indoor Championships Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange used the final indoor track meet before the ACC Championships to give the sprint/hurdle group one last tune-up while allowing younger distance runners a final indoor race. Syracuse was at Cornell last weekend and saw some positive results.

The Orange swept the 60m hurdles with Shaleah Colaire and Tyler Garland taking first place. For the men, Jamil Adams, Naseem Smith and Andrew Aguilera were third, fifth and sixth respectively. Garland and Adams are both in the top 10 in the ACC heading into next week’s championships.

In the 60m dash Aja Davis and Dennisha Page were the top collegiate runners in the event and both remain in the top 20 in the ACC in the event. Chris Tucker was second in the men’s 60m dash.

The Syracuse women won three of the longer sprint events at Cornell. Dasia Pressley took the win in the 300m dash and Bearret Tarris was first in the 600m. The Orange swept the 500m runs as Colaire came back and won the women’s event while Austin Rucker won the men’s 500m.

In the distance events Kelsey Potts won the women’s mile with Abigail Walsh taking third. Michael Phillips made his 2019-20 debut in the men’s mile winning while running unattached. It’s nice to see Phillips back and hopefully he’ll be able to remain healthy during outdoor.

Syracuse took three of the top four spots in the women’s 3k. Katie Kemnitz took the win with Maggie Toczko and Eva Scott finishing third and fourth. Ithaca native Silas Derfel returned home and took the win in the men’s 3k.

The Orange head to the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. The meet will be hosted by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and will be broadcast on the ACC Digital Network. Coverage starts at 2:00 pm (ET) on Friday and Noon (ET) on Saturday.