Furman Athletes To Compete In 3,000m At Camel City Elite Races Saturday

Aaron Templeton competes in indoor track.
Aaron Templeton

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Three members of the Furman track and field teams will compete in the 3,000m events at the 2018 Camel City Elite Races, to be held Saturday at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.

On the men's side, seniors Aaron Templeton and Troy Reeder will represent the Paladins, while sophomore Savannah Carnahan will run in the women's event.

"This weekend's Camel City meet has been great historically for our collegiate program, as well as our Furman Elite athletes," said Furman head coach Robert Gary, who is in his sixth year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "We have provided rabbits, had winners, and earned NCAA qualifying marks.  Last year, Allie Buchalski earned her nation-leading 3,000m mark at this meet.  We are excited for our four Furman Elite athletes to compete and for three of our collegiate athletes to go after NCAA marks."

The men's 3,000m is the first race of the meet, and it is scheduled for 2 p.m.  The race will feature 2016 Olympic 5,000m silver medalist Paul Chelimo, the defending Camel City Elite 3,000m champ, who set a facility record with a time of 7:45.49 last season.  Former Virginia Tech standout Thomas Curtin, Izaic Yorks, Willy Fink and Donnie Cowart will also compete, along with collegians from Furman, Campbell, Liberty, Mount Olive, Middle Tennessee State, and Virginia Tech.

The second race of the day, slated for 2:15 p.m., is the women's Camel City Elite 3,000m presented by Visit Winston-Salem.  This race will feature professional athletes Stephanie Brown, Marisa Howard, Rachel Johnson, Megan Rolland, as well as collegians from Furman, Charlotte, Davidson, Eastern Kentucky, Furman, Mount Olive, NC State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. 

Reeder, a native of Fishers, Ind., holds the Furman men's 3,000m indoor record after posting a time of 8:00.07 at the Iowa State Invitational last February.  Carnahan, who hails from Cumming, Ga., was the top collegiate finisher in the 3,000m at the Vanderbilt Invitational last month in Nashville, Tenn.  She posted a time of 9:17.89 in her first indoor track meet of the season, knocking almost 30 seconds off her previous personal best in the event.  A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Templeton holds a career best time of 8:17.47 in the event.

Live results of the events can be found at http://jdl.liveresults.io/tf/2018-camel-city-invitational.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information