It was quite a weekend for Syracuse Orange sports so we understand if you didn’t see all that went down related to the track and field program. The biggest event was the US Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday in Atlanta. Syracuse had two alumni finish in the top 10 of the men’s race. Martin Hehir took 6th place in a time of 2:11:29 which is over two minutes faster than his previous marathon finish. Colin Bennie made his marathon debut with a 9th place finish in 2:12:14. Hehir moved up twelve spots in the final 10k of the race and Bennie was able to hold on to his spot in the top 10.
Here are the results of the other Syracuse alums in Atlanta:
Jonathan Aziz- 2:19:35 54th place
Patrick Geoghegan- 2:32:00 150th place
Dan Lennon and Juris Silenieks did not finish and Joey Whelan did not start due to injury.
Maura Linde-2:44:13 108th place
Christine Ramsey- 2:45:04 123rd place
Stefanie Slekis- 3:14:00 389th place (Note Stefanie completed the marathon a month after giving birth)
Maegan Krifchin and Margo Malone did not finish and Shannon Malone did not start the race. Congratulations to all the Orange on qualifying for the Trials.
In other alumni news Justyn Knight completed his undefeated indoor season by setting a new Canadian Indoor record in the 1500m with a time of 3:36.13. Knight’s time is the third-fastest 1500 in the world this season and he’ll be preparing for the outdoor season as he works to qualify for his second-consecutive Olympics.
The current Syracuse track athletes were in South Bend over the weekend for the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Annie Heffernan had the best meet for the Orange women with a 7th place finish in the 5000m. For the Syracuse men Joe Dragon placed in both the 3000m (8th in 8:10.36) and 5000m (4th in 14:02.03) while Tyler Garland was 6th in the 60m hurdles. Syracuse finished in 14th in the men’s team competition and 15th in the women’s. The Orange will now look to the outdoor season and the hopeful return of some athletes to competition.