Orange Track & Field performs well in final tuneup for Big East Championships

The Syracuse track and field team traveled to Cornell for the second straight week in a final tuneup for the upcoming Big East Championships. Senior Kwaku Boah had a good day in the field events for the Orange.

For the second straight weekend, the Syracuse University track and field team competed at Cornell University. Similarly, for the second straight weekend, senior thrower Kwaku Boah torched the competition.

Boah competed in his signature events – the hammer throw and shot put – placing in the top five in each. In the hammer throw, Boah took home the title with a toss of 53.73 meters. As for shot put, Boah placed third with a throw of 14.52 meters.

Other SU individual champions, included Justin Murray took first in the men’s 1500-meter run with a time of 3:58. Three other Syracuse runners also competed in the event. Greg Manning-Smith (sixth), Brady Becker (16th) and Zach Rivers (18th) finished the race in times of 4:01, 4:10, and 4:13, respectively.

In the women’s race, Alexandra Clinton was the only runner for SU. She finished 18th with a time of 5:02.

Kelly Anne McCarthy and Tyler McCully competed in the 400-meter dash. McCarthy took 12th in the women’s race with a time of 1:02, while McCully finished 16th in 51.98.

In the men’s 800-meter run, four of the five Syracuse runners finished within one second of each other. Erin Schirm (17th) finished first for the Orange with a time of 1:57.58, with Nat Saviet (18th), Nik Hannson (19th) and Ryan Ellis right behind with times of 1:57.61, 1:57.78 and 1:58, respectively. Matt Bennett also competed, placing 30th.

Only one Syracuse runner competed in the women’s race. Abigail Decker took 11th with a time of 2:22.

In the men’s 200-meter dash, McCully finished 12th in 22.55 while Michael Tichenor finished 28th in 23.80. Tichenor also competed in the men’s 100-meter dash, taking 19th with a time of 11.48.

Evan Stivala and Nick Damato continued Syracuse’s success at Cornell in the field. Damato took sixth in the javelin throw with a heave of 45.12 meters, while Stivala finished fourth in the high jump with a leap of 1.89 meters.

In women’s pole vault, Tara Brenner came in seventh, while Danielle Sherwood came in eighth with tosses of 3.15 and 3.00 meters, respectively.

Aubree Mercure competed in women’s long jump to round out competition for SU. She had a leap of 4.78 meters and placed 16th in the event.

Next weekend, Syracuse travels to Villanova for the Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Orange will field 38 athletes at the event.

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