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Jennings Sets Paladin Record, Advances To Finals In 3,000m Steeplechase At NCAA Championships

Gabbi Jennings - Photo Courtesy of Phil Ponder
Gabbi Jennings - Photo Courtesy of Phil Ponder

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) 

Wednesday

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

 

Thursday

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

 

Friday

10:25 p.m. Men's 5,000m Finals - Aaron Templeton

 

Saturday

6:54 p.m. Women's 3,000m Steeplechase Finals - Gabbi Jennings