CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. -- Furman Junior Allie Buchalski placed fourth at the 2015 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships Friday at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, Va., garnering all-region accolades and earning her second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. The Paladin men's team also placed fourth and will learn on Saturday if it will receive one of the thirteen at-large bids to the national championship meet, which will be held Nov. 21 in Louisville, Ky.
Buchalski posted a time of 20:40.2 on the women's 6K course, while Paladin junior Laura Miller finished 56th with a time of 22:24.0.
The Furman men scored 133 points to finish fourth. Louisville won the region championship with 77 points, followed by Virginia in second with 96 points, each earning one of the two Southeast Region automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. Thirteen additional at-large bids will be announced on Saturday.
After the competing teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals per gender will be selected to compete at the NCAA Championships. From those teams not selected in the above process, the top four finishers at each regional are automatically selected, but must have finished within the top 25 of the region. Two additional athletes will be selected from the remainder of the national pool (and must have finished in the regional top 25) as at-large individuals.
Junior Tanner Hinkle led the Paladin men, placing 18th with a time of 29:56.8 on the 10K course to earn a spot on the all-region team. Sophomores Frank Lara and Aaron Templeton finished back-to-back in 21st (29:59.8) and 22nd (30:00.6) place, respectively, also gaining all-region honors, while junior Troy Reeder turned in a time of 30:20.8 for 29th place. Sophomore Austin Sprague completed the Furman scorers, crossing the line in 30:50.8 for 43rd place. Sophomore Josh Brickell finished 53rd with a time of 31:01.9, and junior Kyle Polman placed 106th at 31:59.1.
"I am very proud of the entire program," said Furman head coach Robert Gary following the race. "Advancing to the NCAA Championships is extremely hard, especially since we compete in one of the toughest regions on one of the nation's toughest courses."
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Complete Furman Results
2015 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships
Men's 10K - 4th out of 32 teams - 133 Points
18th Tanner Hinkle 29:56.8
21st Frank Lara 29:59.8
22nd Aaron Templeton 30:00.6
29th Troy Reeder 30:20.8
43rd Austin Sprague 30:50.8
53rd Josh Brickell 31:01.9
106th Kyle Polman 31:59.1
4th Allie Buchalski 20:40.2
56th Laura Miller 22:24.0