Furman Five in NCAA Championships

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Gabbi Jennings (15) and Kristlin Gear (14) earned honorable mention All-American accolades on Thursday. (photo / Furman Athletics)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 7, 2018) – The Furman Paladins’ track & field teams sent a total of five representatives to the 2018 NCAA Track & Field Championships currently underway in Eugene, Oregon.

Senior Frank Lara competed in the men’s 10,000m finals on Wednesday night after finishing 11th with a semifinal time of 29:33.95 in late May. He closed out the year with a 29:42.87 in the finals, good for 15th in the country and second team All-American honors.

Freshman Kristlin Gear and sophomore Gabrielle Jennings garnered honorable mention All-American honors in the 3,000m Steeplechase tonight. Gear entered the race with the school record time of 9:52.71 and posted a 10:35.42 in Eugene. Jennings had a personal-best of 10:02.67 and posted a 10:18.10 on Thursday night.

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Allie Buchalski (1) and Savannah Carnahan (2) will represent Furman in the 5000 meters. (photo / Furman Athletics)

On Saturday, senior Allie Buchalski and sophomore Savannah Carnahan will run in the 5,000m finals at 8:25 p.m.

Buchalski’s best time this season is a 15:39.17 that she recorded at the Virginia Challenge. In 2017, she earned All-American recognition as the sixth-place finisher in the event. 

Carnahan, posted the ninth-best time in the semis to advance to the finals. Last year, she finished 20th in the event at the NCAA East Preliminaries. Her best mark this season is a 15:49.89 time that she posted at the Raleigh Relays.  

The first eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championships earn All-American honors, while the nine-through 16 finishers earn a spot as second team All-Americans. The 17-24 place finishers garner honorable mention All-American citations.