AUSTIN, Texas -- Furman's Gabbi Jennings set a program record and took second place in the semifinals of the 3,000m Steeplechase Thursday, punching her ticket to the finals at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas.
A junior from Slidell, La., Jennings posted a time of 9:47.84 to qualify automatically for the finals, which will be held Saturday at 6:54 p.m. She shattered the Paladin record of 9:52.71, which sophomore Krissy Gear set at last year's preliminaries. An All-American in the event in 2018, Jennings won her heat and placed third overall at the NCAA East Preliminaries to reach the semifinals. She scored a 20th-place finish at last year's championship meet.
Gear finished 15th with a time of 10:15.07 in the race, earning second team All-American honors. A native of Fort Myers, Fla., she earned All-American honorable mention accolades after placing 24th at last year's championships.
On Friday, senior Aaron Templeton will compete in the 5,000m finals at 10:25 p.m. At the NCAA East Preliminaries, he crossed the line in 14:15.35, taking third in his heat and 14th overall. He was competing in the event for the second-straight year after placing 17th at last year's preliminaries. Templeton qualified with a personal-best time of 13:39.39, a school record which he set at the Cardinal Classic.
In Wednesday's opening day, junior Ryan Adams earned second team All-American honors in the 1,500m to pace the Paladins. He finished seventh in his heat and 16th overall with a time of 3:47.21. Seniors Frank Lara and Templeton garnered honorable mention All-American citations in the 10,000m. A three-time All-American in the event, Lara ran among the leaders during the race and finished 17th with a time of 30:09.94, while Templeton posted a time of 31:00.58 for 22nd place.
The top eight finishers in each event at the meet are deemed first team All-Americans, with finishers nine through 16 earning second team All-American accolades. Honorable mention All-American citations are bestowed on athletes who finish in 17th through 24th place.
The final two days of action will be televised on ESPN with network coverage starting at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
NCAA Championships (All times noted are Eastern Standard Time)
Men's 1,500m Semifinals - Ryan Adams - 16th (3:47.21) - Second Team All-American
Men's 10,000m Final – Frank Lara - 17th (30:09.94) - Honorable Mention All-American
Men's 10,000m Final - Aaron Templeton - 22nd (31:00.58) - Honorable Mention All-American
Women's 3,000m Steeplechase Semifinals - Gabbi Jennings - 2nd (9:47.84)
Women's 3,000m Steeplechase Semifinals - Krissy Gear - 15th (10:15.07) - Second Team All-American
10:25 p.m. Men's 5,000m Finals - Aaron Templeton
6:54 p.m. Women's 3,000m Steeplechase Finals - Gabbi Jennings