LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Senior Allie Buchalski earned her sixth-career All-American citation to lead the 11th-ranked Furman women's cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships Saturday at the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. The Paladin men finished in a tie for 26th.
Buchalski, a native of Johns Creek, Ga., claimed her second cross country All-American award after placing ninth with a time of 19:42.42 to pace the Paladins, who made their first team appearance at the national meet, on the 6K course. Buchalski ran in the NCAA Championships as an individual for Furman in 2015, where she claimed All-American honors after placing seventh, the highest finish ever by a Paladin athlete at the national meet.
Sophomore Savannah Carnahan turned in a time of 20:19.36 on Saturday for 46th place, and sophomore Gabrielle Jennings was 60th at 20:25.19. Sophomores Grace Dwyer and Emma Grace Hurley placed 125th and 126th, respectively, to complete the Furman scoring slate. Dwyer notched a time of 20:55.59, followed by Hurley at 20:56.44. Sophomore Riley Burr finished 236th with a time of 22:09.65, and freshman Kristlin Gear was 239th at 22:18.24.
Senior Frank Lara, who hails from Houston, Texas, led the Furman men with a time of 30:54.93 on the 10K course to place 123rd. Senior Tanner Hinkle finished 134th with a time of 30:59.74, while junior Aaron Templeton crossed the line in 31:03.32 for 141st place. Rookie Daniel Bernal posted a time of 31:08.27 for 151st place, and senior Troy Reeder, who finished 162nd to complete the Paladin scorers, recorded a time of 31:14.28. Senior Josh Brickell was 176th at 31:22.97, and sophomore Mason Coppi was 208th with a time of 31:44.45
The Furman men have made four other appearances in the national championship meet: in 1965, 1970, 2014, and 2015. The Paladins' highest finish at the national meet was recorded in 1965, when Furman finished 12th out of 18 teams. Templeton led the Paladin men in 2015, finishing 51st to become Furman's highest finisher in the history of the men's program. Lonnie Poole placed 53rd in 1965 to lead the Paladins in their first-ever appearance at the national meet.
"We were obviously hoping for better for the men's program, but I hope they think back to the last five years establishing this program and also remember what a terrific year this has been," said Furman head coach Robert Gary at the conclusion of the meet. "On the women's side, I could not be prouder. Allie has led in a variety of ways throughout her time here and it really showed today with a group of sophomores crushing it. It was an unbelievable year and we are very excited about the future -- these seniors will be remembered for many 'firsts'."
The Paladin men entered Saturday's meet ranked seventh nationally after winning the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship last week. The Furman women placed second at the region meet to earn an automatic bid to the championships. Both programs won their fifth-straight Southern Conference titles last month.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Complete Furman Results
2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships
Women's 6K - 7th out of 31 teams -- 271 points
9th Allie Buchalski 19:42.42
46th Savannah Carnahan 20:19.36
60th Gabrielle Jennings 20:25.19
125th Grace Dwyer 20:55.49
126th Emma Grace Hurley 20:56.44
236th Riley Burr 22:09.65
239th Kristlin Gear 22:18.24
Men's 10K - T26th out of 31 teams - 603 Points
123rd Frank Lara 30:54.93
134th Tanner Hinkle 30:59.74
141st Aaron Templeton 31:03.32
151st Daniel Bernal 31:08.27
162nd Troy Reeder 31:14.28
176th Josh Brickell 31:22.97
208th Mason Coppi 31:44.45