GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's Aaron Templeton and Allie Buchalski have been named the Southern Conference men's and women's runner of the week, respectively, for competition that took place Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, the league office announced Wednesday. The award is the second of the year for Templeton and third of the year for Buchalski.
Templeton, a junior from Knoxville, Tenn., led the 12th-ranked Paladins with a seventh-place finish at the 16th Annual Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic on Saturday at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, the site of this year's NCAA Cross Country Championships. Templeton paced the squad with a time of 23:40.07 on the 8K course. Furman finished second out of 30 teams, behind only top-ranked North Arizona.
Buchalski, a senior who hails from Johns Creek, Ga., lead Furman to a third-place finish out of 32 teams in Louisville, on Saturday. Buchalski finished third to lead all Paladins with a time of 16:42.19 on the 5k course. Furman scored 121 points in the race, with only No. 13 Boise State and No. 18 Wisconsin finishing higher in the team standings.
After hosting the Gene Mullin Cross Country Invitational this Saturday, the Paladins will compete at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis., and at the HPU Vert Invitational in High Point, N.C., on October 13.
Also nominated for men's runner of the week: Will Sandin (UNCG), Ryan Gebelein (Chattanooga) and Jahanzib Shabaz (VMI).
Also nominated for women's runner of the week: Taylor Delaney (UNCG), Anna Long (Samford), Emily Poole (Chattanooga) and Logan Luckett (VMI).
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
SoCon Men's Runner of the Week
Sept. 6: Aaron Templeton, Jr., Furman
Sept. 13: Tanner Hinkle, Sr., Furman
Sept. 20: Ben Varghese, Fr., ETSU
Sept. 27: Jordan Bostian, Jr., Western Carolina
Oct. 4: Aaron Templeton, Jr., Furman
SoCon Women's Runner of the Week
Sept. 6: Allie Buchalski, Sr., Furman
Sept. 13: Allie Buchalski, Sr., Furman
Sept. 20: Hannah Steelman, Fr., Wofford
Sept. 27: Hannah Steelman, Fr., Wofford
Oct. 4: Allie Buchalski, Sr., Furman