Syracuse is one of the top NCAA Division 1 teams in the country, and one of their top contributors right now is Cherokee graduate Shawn Wilson.
Wilson placed a very impressive 19th out of 247 runners Saturday at the NCAA Northeast Regionals at Franklin Park in Boston, helping Syracuse win its third straight Northeast Regional championship and sixth in the last seven years.
The Orange went 1-2-3 and placed all seven runners in the top 20. Their average time of 30:38 is so fast it would have placed seventh overall in the race.
Syracuse outscored second-place Iona 29-40. Iona lost by 11 despite placing its five scorers in the top 13.
Wilson covered the 10,000-meter course in 31:05, out in 15:57 and back in 15:08.
Syracuse, ranked No. 2 in the nation, behind only Colorado, races in the NCAA Championships Saturday. Colorado is seeking its third straight NCAA Division 1 title.
Syracuse last finished in the top five in 1957, when they were fifth.
The men’s race is scheduled for 1 p.m. at E.P. Sawyer Park in Louisville. Syracuse won its only national XC title in 1951 in East Lansing, Mich.
While at Cherokee, Wilson placed fifth in the Meet of Champions at Holmdel as a junior. He won state titles in XC as a senior in 15:39 – fifth-fastest ever at Holmdel by a South Jersey runner — and the 3,200 as a senior, when he also ran 9:04.05 at the Meet of Champs.