Photos: Furman Finishes Out at NCAA Championships

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Freshman Kristlin Gear in the 3,000m Steeplechase on Thursday at historic Hayward Field. (photo – Furman Athletics)

EUGENE, Ore. (June 10, 2018) –  In Saturday’s 5,000m final at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, senior Allie Buchalski closed out her career with a first team All-America effort. Buchalski finished second overall in the event, the highest by any Paladin at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field this year, and with the finish earned the All-America designation.

Buchalski turned in a time of 15:42.77 and for the second straight year earned a spot on the first team. Last year, she finished sixth in the event.

Sophomore Savannah Carnahan finished 15th overall with a time of 15:57.42, good for second team All-America honors. Her effort helped the Paladin women’s team tie for 28th place at the meet.

Senior Frank Lara got the week off well for Furman, earning second team All-America honors on Wednesday in the 10,000m. He improved on a 19th place finish in 2017 to finish 15th this spring. 

On Thursday, Furman’s Gabrielle Jennings and freshman Kristlin Gear each earned honorable mention All-American recognition in the 3,000m Steeplechase. Jennings finished tenth in her heat and 20th overall, while Gear finished 12th in her heat and 24th overall in her first season at the collegiate level.

The top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championships earned first team All-American honors, with finishers nine through 16 earning second team All-American accolades.  Honorable mention All-American citations were awarded to athletes who finished in 17th through 24th place.

The visit by the five members of the team will be the last by any group of Paladins to the current Hayward Field as it is scheduled to be razed beginning in July. A new venue of the same name will be built on the site in advance of the 2021 IAAF World Outdoor Championships.

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