Strong collegiate debut for Winslow’s Isaiah Lewis Friday.
In his first official race ever over the 42-inch hurdles, the Syracuse freshman ran 8.10 in the trials of the 60-meter high hurdles at the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite in Blacksburg, Va.
He came back and ran 8.11 for fourth place in the final.
Lewis was one of three Syracuse hurdlers from South Jersey who made the finals.
It was Lewis’s first race in nearly a year, since the indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze, where he placed third in 7.39 over the 39-inch hurdles at 55 meters.
Lewis’s 8.10 is the No. 3 time among ACC freshmen, behind only Tyson Williams of Florida State (8.02) and Sims. It’s also No. 6 among freshmen so far in NCAA Division 3.
Syracuse sophomore Jamil Adams, also from Winslow, ran 8.15 for 5th in the final after an 8.17 in the trials. His PR is 8.06 from the Crimson Elite in Cambridge, Mass., in January of 2020.
Also, Syracuse sophomore Naseem Smith of Deptford ran 8.22 for 8th in the final after running 8.25 in the trials. He’s got an 8.08 PR, also from the Crimson Elite.
Another freshman from South Jersey, Egg Harbor graduate Anthony Vasquez, just missed the final, opening his collegiate career with an 8.32 in the trials.
Syracuse’s fifth hurdler from South Jersey, senior Tyler Garland of Deptford, who has a PR of 7.86, was a scratch.