Syracuse University Magazine

Sports Notes

Syracuse distance runner Justyn Knight ’18 and hurdler Freddie Crittenden III ’17 raced to silver medal performances at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas, in March. Knight placed second in the 3,000-meter run (topping a third-place finish last season), and Crittenden finished second in the 60-meter hurdles for the second straight season. Teammate Adam Palamar ’17 placed fifth in the mile. All three earned All-America First-Team honors for the second straight year and helped SU to a 10th-place showing at the indoor nationals, the Orange’s best ever finish.

Orange women’s basketball guard Alexis Peterson ’17 collected three 2017 All-America honors: second team, Associated Press; honorable mention, espnW; and Division I Coaches All-America Team, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Peterson, the 2017 Blue Ribbon Panel Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year, was joined on the WBCA All-America team by backcourt mate and fellow All-ACC First-Team selection Brittney Sykes ’15, G’16, G’17, who received honorable mention recognition. It’s the first time in program history two players have garnered All-America accolades in the same season. 

SU men’s basketball longtime assistant coach Mike Hopkins ’93 was named the head coach at the University of Washington. Hopkins, who played four seasons for the Orange, had been on the SU coaching staff since 1995. 

University Trustee Winston Fisher ’96 competed in the World Marathon Challenge in January, completing seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. 

All-America Orange defender Miles Robinson ’19 was the second overall selection in the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft. Robinson was chosen by Atlanta United and is the highest draft pick in program history. Teammate Liam Callahan ’17, a midfielder, was picked in the second round, 24th overall, by the Colorado Rapids. Also selected were forward Chris Nanco ’17, 11th pick of the third round by the Philadelphia Union, and midfielder/defender Oyvind Alseth ’17, 21st pick of the third round by Toronto FC. It marks the first time in program history that Syracuse had four players selected in the MLS SuperDraft.