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Haughey & Brickell Set Furman Indoor Records In 5,000m

Sinead Haughey
Sinead Haughey

AMES, IOWA -- Senior Sinead Haughey and sophomore Josh Brickell set new Furman indoor track and field records in the 5,000m Friday night at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.   

Haughey, a native of Central, S.C.., posted a time of 16:35.17 to place 17th overall in the event at the meet, one of the premier indoor track and field events in the country this weekend.  Haughey's time was over 15 seconds better than the previous Paladin record of 16:51.72, set by Cate Pichon in 1992. Earlier this indoor season, she set a meet record in the 3,000m at the Hilton Garden Invitational, turning in a time of 9:33.10.  

"I am obviously very pleased with a school record and a 20+ second personal record, yet Sinead and I both feel there are tactical areas in the race she can improve on with additional practice," said Furman assistant coach Rita Gary after the race.  "So, I'm excited for Sinead to do that and improve upon this performance going forward."

Brickell, who hails from Suwanee, Ga., improved upon his own school record in the event.  His time of 14:17.35 clinched 25th place overall and was almost 10 seconds better than the previous record of 14:27.02, which he set at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational last month.  

"Josh and Aaron did a great job competing here tonight," said Furman assistant coach Chris Neal at the completion of Friday's competition.  "They did a good job pulling each other along and keeping the pace moving through the middle of the race.  Having Josh back healthy and competing well has been great. It is nice to see him out there having fun and setting personal records." 

Paladin sophomore Laura Miller also competed in the women's 5,000m at the meet, turning in a personal-best time of 17:15.13 for 37th place, while rookie Aaron Templeton placed 27th in the men's 5,000m after notching a personal-best time of 14:18.34.

"These really are the kind of nights we envisioned when we started here," said Furman head coach Robert Gary.  "We had multiple school records set at Iowa State by our collegiate team, and the Furman Elite women recorded huge PR'S at the Boston Valentine meet.  We are building a national distance powerhouse."

The meet will conclude on Saturday.  During Saturday's competition, Furman freshman Jacquelyn Crow will compete in both the 800m and the mile, while sophomore Allie Buchalski will run in the 3,000m.  For the Paladin men's team, sophomore Brock Baker will run in both the mile and 800m, and senior Trip Hurt and freshman Troy Reeder will join Baker in the mile competition. 

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information