LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The 12th-ranked Furman cross country men finished second, while the 29th-ranked Paladin women were third Saturday at the 16th Annual Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The course is the site of this year's NCAA Cross Country Championships, which will be held Nov. 18.
Top-ranked North Arizona won the men's meet with 19 points, followed by Furman with 74 points. No. 24 Virginia Tech placed third with 112 points.
Junior Aaron Templeton led the Paladins with a seventh place finish after completing the 8K course in 23:40.07, and senior Josh Brickell was 13th with a time of 23:44.98. Sophomore Mason Coppi posted a time of 23:55.20 for 17th place, followed closely by senior Tanner Hinkle in 19th place at 23:55.75. Senior Troy Reeder completed the Paladin scorers, finishing 21st at 24:02.04.
Senior Frank Lara placed 28th with a time of 24:14.76, followed by rookie Daniel Bernal in 29th at 24:15.27. Sophomore Ryan Adams recorded a time of 24:34.08 for 48th, and sophomore Jake Ogden scored a 50th place finish at 24:35.68. Freshman Allen Clark crossed the line in 24:41.61 for 57th, and senior Lee Shearer came in at 24:46.31 for 62nd. Freshman Trend Mandato completed the Paladin slate in 103rd place with a time of 25:10.20.
In the women's race, No. 13 Boise State scored 74 points for the win, followed by 18th Wisconsin in second with 101 points. The Paladins scored 121 points to take third place, beating out No. 20 Minnesota, who took fourth with 123 points.
Senior Allie Buchalski led all Paladins on the day, turning in a third-place finish with a time of 16:42.19 on the 5K course. Sophomore Savannah Carnahan, the reigning SoCon Freshman of the Year, posted a tenth-place finish at 16:52.12, and fellow sophomore Gabrielle Jennings was 28th at 17:14.94. Sophomore Emma Grace Hurley placed 38th with a time of 17:21.51, and sophomore Grace Dwyer completed the Paladin five scorers with a 52nd place finish and a time of 17:30.00.
Sophomore Riley Burr finished 64th with a time of 17:38.23, while senior Jacquelyn Crow was 87th at 17:48.85. Rookie Kristlin Gear turned in a time of 17:51.54 for 94th place, sophomore Jennifer Stephenson was 135th at 18:12.54, and sophomore Anna Hayden was 160th at 18:24.41. Freshman Emily Lane was 175th at 18:32.21 to complete the Paladin roster.
"We are very pleased with the starting point of the season," said Furman head coach Robert Gary. "It was great to see a preview of the national course, where we hope to qualify both programs. Both Aaron and Allie ran very tough, especially Allie who wasn't able to train much this week."
The Paladins will run at the Gene Mullin Invitational in Greenville, S.C., on October 7, then compete at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis., and at the ECU in Greenville, N.C., on October 13.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman Men's Individual Results - 8K - 2nd of 16 teams
7 Aaron Templeton 23:40.07
13 Josh Brickell 23:44.98
17 Mason Coppi 23:55.20
19 Tanner Hinkle 23:55.75
21 Troy Reeder 24:02.04
28 Frank Lara 24:14.76
29 Daniel Bernal 24:15.27
48 Ryan Adams 24:34.08
50 Jake Ogden 24:35.68
57 Allen Clark 24:41.61
62 Lee Shearer 24:46.31
103 Trent Mandato 25:10.20
Furman Women's Individual Results - 5K - 3rd of 32 teams
3 Allie Buchalski 16:42.19
10 Savannah Carnahan 16:52.12
28 Gabrielle Jennings 17:14.94
38 Emma Grace Hurley 17:21.51
52 Grace Dwyer 17:30.00
64 Riley Burr 17:38.23
87 Jacquelyn Crow 17:48.85
95 Kristlin Gear 17:51.54
135 Jennifer Stephenson 18:12.54
160 Anna Hayden 18:24.41
175 Emily Lane 18:32.21