Published on October 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm Contact KJ: email@example.com | @KJEdelman Syracuse senior cross country runner Justyn Knight, who placed first on Friday at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, was named United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Performer of the Week on Monday.Knight is currently coming off a season where he placed third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and placed ninth at the IAAF World Championships, both in the 5000-meters. Knight’s participation on Friday was in doubt after his track season was extended until Mid-August.“(When he runs), he will run to win,” Fox said, ” If he lines up at Wisconsin, it’s because he believes he will win.”Knight raced his first meet of the season behind other All-Americans Colin Bennie and Philo Germano. Nearing the end of the race, Knight zoomed past Stanford’s Grant Fisher to finish the race at a time of 23:28.5. The Syracuse men placed third at the meet.Going back to last season, Knight has won three-straight meets and six of the last seven. This is the second time he has won the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, becoming one of only two runners to win the event multiple times.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is the fourth time Knight has been named national athlete of the week during his tenure at Syracuse, with his most recent title occurring last track season. He also earned the honor after winning the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational last year.Knight will next race at the John Reif Memorial in Ithaca on October 20th. That meet will mark the final race of the team’s season before ACC Championships. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Van Wagenen berated his on-field staff and threw a chair during a closed-door meeting Friday night after closer Edwin Diaz and setup man Jeurys Familia combined to turn a tie game in the ninth inning into a 7-2 loss to the Phillies, the New York Post reported Saturday.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN Van Wagenen neither confirmed nor denied that he had an outburst.”We as a staff often meet with coaches and players throughout the course of the season,” the Post quoted Van Wagenen as saying. “I am not going to give the specifics to any of those meetings.”The ‘pen was good enough Saturday night to preserve a 6-5 victory over the Phillies. Five pitchers — including demoted starter Steven Matz — combined for four innings of one-run ball. Diaz finished for the save. Diaz, 25, has pitched poorly of late after being solid, if unspectacular, to begin in the season. Before Saturday, he had a 13.50 ERA and three blown saves over 12 appearances dating to May 29, punctuated by four earned runs in one-third of an inning Friday. There were reports earlier Saturday that the Mets were looking at removing Diaz from the closer role. Diaz’s struggles have rankled Mets fans who lament the fact that Van Wagenen traded well-regarded prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn to the Mariners for the right-hander as part of an offseason trade that also brought expensive, underachieving second baseman Robinson Cano to Flushing. The Mets will have three years of contractual control over Diaz after this season.Van Wagenen’s other offseason bullpen moves have gone much worse. Snakebit or stupid? You decide:— He re-signed Familia, 29, in mid-December to a three-year, $30 million contract, a deal that now looks to be overly generous. The club traded the former closer to the A’s last July when it decided to become deadline sellers. This year, Familia has dealt with an unspecified shoulder issue that has cost him time on the injured list. His ERA jumped to 7.76 after he was charged with a run Friday (he also allowed both of the runners he inherited from Diaz to score).— He signed free agent left-hander Justin Wilson to a two-year, $10 million contract in late January. Wilson, 31, landed on the IL in April with an elbow problem, returned too quickly in May, and then missed almost two more months before being activated this week. Wilson had problems throwing strikes the previous two seasons, and that trend has continued this year (four walks in 10 innings).— He and the coaches decided to bring non-roster left-hander Luis Avilan north for the start of the season. Avilan, 29, was mostly bad (9.00 ERA in 11 appearances) before missing two months with an elbow injury. He returned the same time Wilson did this week. The Mets are headed toward a third consecutive losing season, and their bullpen bears a lot of the responsibility for that. New York relievers entered Saturday’s game with an MLB-worst 21 blown saves and a 5.70 ERA, which is among the worst in baseball.First-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who put together the group in the offseason, has had enough, it seems, and he’s taking out his frustration on his manager and coaches. — He has yet to pull a gem from an in-season grab bag of filler relievers. Wilmer Font (4.82 ERA in 28 innings as a swingman), acquired in a May trade with the Rays, is the closest thing. Fourteen other pitchers have been shuffled through the staff’s revolving door.Holdovers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have also had ups and downs, Gsellman in particular. Heavy workloads and shifting roles — which are being blamed on manager Mickey Callaway but reportedly have the front office’s fingerprints on them — appear to be wearing them down. Lugo’s lengthy, and ultimately unsuccessful, outing during a game in Chicago on June 23 sparked a clubhouse blowup by Callaway toward a newspaper reporter, which in turn forced Van Wagenen and team COO Jeff Wilpon to respond publicly.It stands to reason that tempers are flaring again as management watches the bullpen put an early end to what was supposed to be a good season. Van Wagenen may be busting up furniture while lashing out at other people, but he also should realize that a lot of the breakdowns have been caused by what looks to be his shoddy construction work.