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NCAA Champ

Jarret Eaton ’12 blazed his way to the 60-meter hurdles title at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho, on March 10. Eaton posted a time of 7.54 seconds in the finals, winning by 0.01 seconds and topping a field that included the defending champion. “I’m just happy to be here and represent Syracuse at the national championship,” Eaton said. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work with my teammates and it’s been a tremendous year so far. I’m glad to make my family, friends, coaches, and all of Cuse Nation proud. But the journey’s not over yet.”

With the win, Eaton became the first SU track and field student-athlete to win an individual NCAA championship. The victory capped an undefeated season for Eaton and earned him First Team All-America honors from the  United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He also broke his own SU record twice this season, set a meet record at the Big East Championships (7.70 seconds), and turned in the fastest collegiate time of the seasonthe second fastest collegiate time ever recordedwith a dash of 7.49 seconds to win the Penn State National Invitational. “This is the best day ever for Syracuse track and field,” Orange head coach Chris Fox said after Eaton captured the NCAA title. “It was a great run by a great young man.”   

Photo by Stephen Parker, SU Athletic Communications