AMES, IOWA -- Freshman Tanner Hinkle set a new Furman indoor track and field record after posting a time of 14:29.18 in the 5,000m Friday night at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. Hinkle's time was over 20 seconds better than the previous Paladin record of 14:52.91, set by David Maxfield in 1989.
Hinkle, a native of Mason, Mich., placed 28th overall in the event at the meet, one of the premier indoor track and field events in the country this weekend. Earlier this indoor season, he set a meet record in the 5,000m at the Emory Crossplex. During the 2013 cross country season, Hinkle earned All-SoCon second team accolades after placing ninth with a time of 25:30.25 at the league cross country championships, helping the Paladins to a league championship. For his efforts, he was also selected to the SoCon All-Freshman Team.
"Tanner doesn't have a lot of experience running indoors, but I thought he did a really nice job of competing," said Furman head track and field coach Robert Gary after the race. "The pace was all over the place, and he took the lead two different times in the last mile. He wasn't passed until 10 meters from the line. His outdoor goal will be to qualify for the NCAA Regional at either 10,000m or 5,000m."
On Saturday, Furman freshman Brock Baker will run the mile at the Iowa meet, while Paladin rookies Allie Buchalski and Grace Tinkey will compete at the USA Junior Cross Country Championships in Boulder, Colo. The rest of the Paladin team will compete at the JDL Indoor Track on Saturday, in preparation for the SoCon Championships, which will be held at the track March 1-2.