In their quest to find the best competition for the athletes in different events the Syracuse Orange track team split their squad again last weekend. The sprint and hurdle group was back in Boston for the Crimson Elite meet hosted by Harvard while the distance group took a short trip down I-81 to Cornell.
At Harvard on Friday night the Orange women were led by third-place finishes from Shaleah Colaire in the 60m hurdles and Dasia Pressley in the 200m dash. Both Pressley and Colaire rank in the top-ten in the ACC in the event. The Syracuse men took three of the top five places in the 60m hurdles. Tyler Garland got the win in 7.98 followed by Jamil Adams in third (8.06) and Naseem Smith in fifth (8.08). These three hurdlers rank ninth, tenth and eleventh in the ACC in the event this season. Chris Tucker placed fifth in the 60m dash in a time of 6.92.
At Cornell, Abigail Spiers won the mile in a time of 5:05.53 while Kate Kemnitz won the 3000m in 10:30.44. The Orange men took four of the top five places in the mile. Stephen Schulz won in 4:16.06 followed by Matthew Scrape (2nd in 4:17.59) Nathan Lawler (3rd in 4:18.08) and Silas Derfel (5th in 4:19.1). Running unattached Iliass Aouani won the 1000m in a time of 2:29.57. We’ll see Iliass during outdoor when he looks to defend his ACC titles.
The Orange are off this weekend and then will split between Boston and Seattle as they look to get more ACC Championship qualifiers.