STAFF : Syracuse’s Eaton wins NCAA championship in 60-meter hurdles

first_imgJarret Eaton became Syracuse’s first individual NCAA champion on Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. With a time of 7.54 in the 60-meter hurdles, the graduate student completed an undefeated season, winning all six of the races he competed in, culminating in his title in Nampa, Idaho.‘This is the best day ever for Syracuse track and field,’ head coach Chris Fox in an SU athletics release. ‘It was a great run by a great young man.’Running in the fifth lane at Boise State’s Jackson’s Indoor Track, Eaton narrowly beat Miami’s Devon Hill and Louisiana State’s Barrett Nugent, who both finished in 7.55 seconds.Eaton also won the Big East championship in the 60-meter hurdles on Feb. 19 in New York. He is also on the Bowerman Award watch list. The Bowerman Award is given each year to the nation’s best male and female track and field athletes.‘If you’re not clicking running up to that first hurdle, it’s hard to make up for the rest of the race,’ Eaton said in the release. ‘It’s only 60 meters. You just have to stay focused on your lane. The only thing you can control is yourself and what’s going on in your lane.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEaton went into the weekend as one of the favorites to win the event, holding the nation’s best 60-meter hurdle time this season. His 7.49 at the Penn State National Invitational in late January ranked first.Two of the other favorites were Nugent, an outdoor national champion last year, and Illinois’ Andrew Riley, the defending indoor champion. Riley’s 7.58 placed him fourth.Eaton has also been named Big East Male Track Athlete of the Week twice and broke his own school record on two occasions this season.—Compiled by Phil D’Abbraccio, contributing writer, [email protected] Comments Published on March 10, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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