EUGENE, ORE. -- Furman junior Allie Buchalski finished 14th in the finals of the 5,000m Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., earning second team All-American honors and becoming the first All-American in the history of the Paladin women's track and field program.
Buchalski turned in a time of 16:22.64 for the 14th-place finish. The top eight finishers were named first team All-Americans, while those who finished in ninth through 16th place earned second team honors.
"We are so very proud of Allie," said Furman head coach Robert Gary. "We will do a much better job of preparing her over the next couple of years. This is a strong young women who does a tremendous job of taking a challenge that may knock her down and coming back ten times stronger."
Buchalski reached the finals after setting a new Paladin record with a time of 16:08.10 at the East Preliminaries. She entered the prelims ranked 19th among athletes in the East then bested her own previous school record of 16:11.71 to win her heat and notch the fastest qualifying time in the event.
The 2015 & 2016 SoCon Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year, Buchalski became the first All-American in the history of the Paladin cross country program after placing seventh at the NCAA Championships in November. Buchalski was chosen the SoCon Women's Indoor Track Most Outstanding Athlete after recording victories in the mile, 3,000m, and 5,000m then won the 5,000m title and finished second in the 1,500m at the SoCon Outdoor Championships. She holds the Paladin record of 10:13.10 in the 3,000m Steeplechase, an event in which she competed at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Also at the NCAA Championships, junior Troy Reeder finished seventh in the 3,000m Steeplechase Friday to become just the second All-American in the history of the Paladin men's track and field program. Furman placed 72nd at the meet, scoring two points.
Reeder, who set the Furman record of 8:36.51 in the event during the NCAA semifinals on Wednesday, turned in a time of 8:42.26 in Friday's race. The top eight finishers in the race were honored as All-Americans. The Paladins' only other outdoor track All-American was Kim Piersol, who finished third in the triple jump in 1968.
Reeder led the Paladins with a second-place finish at the 2015 SoCon Cross Country Championships, helping Furman to its third-consecutive championship. He finished second in the 3,000m, third in the mile, and fourth in the 5,000m at the league indoor meet, then opened the outdoor season by setting a new Paladin record of 13:59.86 in the 5,000m at the Raleigh Relays. Reeder went on to win the title in the 1,500m and place second in the 5,000m at the SoCon Outdoor Championships.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information