GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman track and field teams will open the 2019 indoor season Friday and Saturday at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
"We are very excited about our opener," said Furman head coach Robert Gary, who is in his seventh year leading the Paladin program. "We have set up some great races, and we look forward to seeing where the team is at this early in the season. Our program probably places a better emphasis on cross country and outdoor track, but you don't turn on and off being a competitor!"
The Paladins won eight events at the 2018 SoCon Indoor Track & Field Championships, including both men's and women's 3,000m and 5,000m titles. Senior Frank Lara paced the Paladin men with victories in both the 3,000m and 5,000m, while Krissy Gear led the Furman women with titles in the 800m and mile. Junior Emma Grace Hurley took first place in the women's 3,000m, and junior Savannah Carnahan led the field in the women's 5,000m. Junior Gabbi Jennings and sophomore Emma Kuntz after competing on the winning Paladin distance medley relay team last season.
Furman swept the team titles last fall at the 2018 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships for the sixth-consecutive year, and the Paladin women went on to finish second at the Southeast Region meet and 23rd at the NCAA Championships.
Senior Aaron Templeton was named the SoCon Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year for the second-consecutive season, and rookie Cameron Ponder was honored as the SoCon Men's Freshman of the Year. Junior Mason Coppi and Carnahan were the Pinnacle Award recipients, and Gary was chosen the SoCon Coach of the Year on both the men's and women's sides. The Paladins placed 14 athletes on the All-Southern Conference team and three rookies on the SoCon All-Freshman Team at the meet.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information