Syracuse’s top runners sit out, others improve at John Reif Memorial Invitational

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ At the John Reif Memorial Invitational in Ithaca, New York, Syracuse runners showed improvement from previous weeks in the last regular season event before ACC championships.After a disappointing finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational last week, the Orange performed well at a smaller event, competing against only Cornell and SUNY Cortland.For the men, junior Keith McAteer (16:19.9) finished eighth overall in the 5000-meter, followed closely behind by freshman Matt Dragon (16:31.8), who shaved almost 30 seconds off of his previous 5k time (16:58.7) at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown in September.For the women, three of the four racers finished in the top ten. Redshirt junior Ryley Higgins (18:42.2) placed third, the highest finish of her collegiate career. Redshirt junior Maggie Toczko (18:57.3) finished fourth. Her time in Ithaca was 41 seconds faster than at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. Sophomore Elizabeth Cultra (19:04.8) finished eighth and set a personal record at the collegiate level. Redshirt sophomore Abigail Walsh (19:39.4) finished 16th, putting all four Orange women runners in the top half of finishers at the event.Syracuse’s top runners did not race today in preparation for ACC championships on Nov. 1 next week when the Orange men will try to claim the title after a second place finish in 2018.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on October 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm [email protected] | @cincinnallielast_img

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