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Hinkle & Haughey Compete At NCAA East Regional

Sinead Haughey
Sinead Haughey

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Furman distance athletes Tanner Hinkle and Sinead Haughey competed in the 10,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Regional Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. 

Hinkle, a freshman from Mason, Mich., posted a time of 30:44.26 to claim 26th place in the men's race.  This season, he set a new Furman indoor 5,000m record with a time of 14:29.18 then went on to claim new Paladin outdoor records in both the 5,000m (14:21.50) and the 10,000m (29:38.11).

A junior from Central, S.C., Haughey registered a time of 35:49.66, placing 31st in the women's 10,000m.  Haughey, who earned All-Southern Conference accolades after placing third in the 10,000m at the league championship meet, set new Paladin records in both the 5,000m (16:57.99) and 10,000m (34:32.57) during the outdoor season.  

Paladin junior Tripp Hurt will compete in the 3,000m Steeplechase Friday at 8:50 p.m.  The top three athletes in each of the three heats plus the three next best times will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Eugene, Ore., June 12-14.  Hurt qualified for the regional meet after recording a time of 8:58.13 to take first place at the SoCon Outdoor Championships, earning All-SoCon honors and breaking the former Paladin record of 8:59.05.  

Hinkle and Hurt are the first Paladin male track and field athletes to compete in the NCAAs since Lee Gilmer qualified in the 1,500m in 2012, while Haughey is the first Furman female track and field regional competitor since Chibuzo Aguocha reached the NCAAs in the triple jump in 2008.  Haughey is the first Paladin female to qualify since the NCAA adopted the current system of holding only two regionals instead of four, beginning in 2010.