EUGENE, Ore. -- Senior Allie Buchalski finished as the national runner-up, the highest finish by any Furman track and field athlete at the national championship meet, and sophomore Savannah Carnahan also garnered an All-America citation in the 5,000m Saturday in the final day of the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., helping the Paladin women's team to a tie for 28th at the meet.
Buchalski, a native of Johns Creek, Ga., passed two runners in the final 100m to finish as the national runner-up, crossing the line in 15:42.77 and capturing her second-straight first team All-America honor in the event. She won her heat and placed third overall with a time of 16:14.37 at the preliminaries to earn an automatic qualifying spot for Saturday's finals. Buchalski, who finished sixth in the event at last year's NCAA Championships, entered the preliminaries ranked second in the East with a time of 15:39.17 in the 5,000m, which she recorded at the Virginia Challenge.
Carnahan, who hails from Cumming, Ga., made a move from 22nd place to finish 15th with a time of 15:57.42, claiming second team All-America honors. She posted the ninth-best time in the semifinals at 16:17.59 to advance through to the Saturday's race. Carnahan, who finished 20th in the event at last year's NCAA East Preliminaries, entered the preliminaries ranked seventh in the East with a time of 15:49.89, which she posted at the Raleigh Relays.
On Wednesday, senior Frank Lara claimed second team All-America honors in the 10,000m. He finished 15th with a time of 29:42.87 in the finals after placing 11th with a season-best time of 29:33.95 in the semifinals last week. A native of Houston, Texas, he earned All-American honorable mention accolades in the event last season after scoring a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
In Thursday's action, sophomore Gabrielle Jennings and freshman Kristlin Gear earned honorable mention All-America accolades in the 3,000m Steeplechase. Jennings posted a time of 10:18.10 to finish tenth in her heat and 20th overall, while Gear crossed the line in 10:35.42, placing 12th in heat one and 24th overall.
A native of Sidell, La., Jennings finished fourth in her heat at the East Preliminaries with a time of 10:02.67, a school record which was eclipsed just minutes later by Gear, and qualified in ninth-place. Jennings, who placed 18th in the event at last year's NCAA East Preliminaries, entered the event with the 16th-best time in the East in 2018.
Gear, a native of Fort Myers, Fla., passed two runners on the final lap at last week's preliminaries, placing third in her heat with a school-record time of 9:52.71 to reach the semifinals. She entered the event ranked 19th in the East with a time of 10:12.72, which she set at the Raleigh Relays.
The top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championships were deemed first team All-Americans, with finishers nine through 16 earning second team All-American accolades. Honorable Mention All-American citations were bestowed on athletes who finish in 17th through 24th place.
Wednesday - Men's 10,000m
Frank Lara - 15th (29:42.87) - Second Team All-American
Thursday - Women's 3,000m Steeplechase
Gabrielle Jennings - 20th (10:18.10) - Honorable Mention All-American
Kristlin Gear - 24th (10:35.42) - Honorable Mention All-American
Saturday - Women's 5,000m
Allie Buchalski - 2nd (15:42.77) - First Team All-American
Savannah Carnahan - 15th (15:57.42) - Second Team All-American
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information