SU track and field fairs well at Cornell, falters at ASU

Majority of competitors for the Orange finished within the top 25 in all events at Cornell Spring Invitational, struggle at Arizona.

The majority of the Syracuse University men and women’s track and field team participated in the Cornell Spring Invitational this weekend, while three Orange competitors went to Tempe, Arizona, for the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State University.

At Cornell, SU put on an impressive showing, as the majority of competitors for the Orange finished within the top 25 in all events.

In the second event of the day, Syracuse dominated the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, taking places 1 through 5. Leading the way was Katie Hursey, whose time of 10:27 propelled her to a first place finish, one of two on the day for Syracuse. Right behind Hursey were four more SU runners. Cassie White (2nd) and Natalie Busby (3rd) finished in times of 10:32 and 10:34, respectively, while Erin Cawley (4th) and Carly Hamond (5th) crossed the finished lines in 11:03 and 11:07, respectively.

Eight Syracuse men competed in the 1,500-meter run, continuing SU’s strong performance on the track. Justin Murray finished 5th for the ‘Cuse in a time of 3:57, while Greg Manning-Smith came in soon after in 4:01 for 6th. Nat Saviet (8th) and Patrick Geoghegan (10th) rounded out the top-10 with almost identical times of 4:02.05 and 4:02.52, respectively. Erin Schirm barely missed a top finish, falling behind Geoghegan by two-tenths of a second for an 11th place finish in 4:02.54. 

In the women’s race, Lauren Kersjes was the only runner for the Orange in the 1,500-meter. She had a fine race though, finishing 4th in a time of 4:42.

SU struggled in the men’s 800-meter run that featured Andrew Nelson, Nik Hansson, and Ryan Ellis. Nelson finished 14th in 1:56, followed by Hansson (17th) in 1:57 and Ellis (21st) in 1:58.

The women faired only a little better in the same event. Michelle Riley had a good showing, finishing 4th in a time of 2:13. Behind her was Abigail Decker (12th), Kelly McCarthy (19th) and Roseda Lo (22nd), who finished in 2:21, 2:29 and 2:32, respectively.

In the women’s 3,000-meter run, the only SU competitors finished right behind each other. Alexandra Clinton (7th) and Julie Jablonski (8th) crossed the finish line in times of 10:09 and 10:16, respectively.

Brady Becker was the second Syracuse runner to finish first at Cornell, as he dominated in the men’s 5,000-meter with a time of 15:28.

Tyler McCully, one of SU’s dual-event competitors on Saturday, had a decent day in the 400 and 200-meter dashes. McCully finished 8th in the 400-meter in 10.66, while receiving a 13th place finished in the 200-meter with a time of 23.00.

Serenity Martin and Erica Belanger also competed in multiple events. Martin finished 2nd in the women’s 100-meter dash in 12:91, while Belanger finished 15th in preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles in 19.25. Both runners competed in the 200-meter dash. Martin finished 10th in 27.04 and Belanger finished 24th in 29.84.

Belanger also competed in the long jump, finishing 13th with a leap of 4.8m. Aubree Mercure also took part in the event, jumping 4.58m to a 16th-place finish. Mercure was also featured in the triple jump, finishing 11th with a leap of 10.02m

In the men’s long jump, Will Watson leapt 6.63m for 12th place, while Evan Stivala jumped 6.17m for 16th. Stivala also competed in the high jump, finishing 4th with a leap of 1.84m.

Nick Damato was the only SU competitor to participate in the javelin throw, finishing 9th with a toss of 42.64m.

Syracuse has two more events next weekend. The Auburn War Eagle Invitiational in Auburn, Alabama is a two-day even on April 15 and 16 and the Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton Carolina Invitational at Chapel Hill begins at 10:30 a.m. on April 16.


good job

You know, all though you guys think that your team, SU did not compete at top level.. Its not about winning or losing as it is about beating your own time! Think of it taht way. I am a freshman in high school and I am in track, I have learned Many a time that if you just beat your own time you have done great but it also does feel good to actually beat the others in the race. GREAT JOB DOMINATING ASU!

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