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Furman Women & Aaron Templeton To Compete At NCAA Championships Saturday

Furman Women & Aaron Templeton To Compete At NCAA Championships Saturday

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's cross country teams and individual Aaron Templeton will compete at the NCAA Championship meet Saturday on the Zimmer Championship Course at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.  The women's 6K race will begin at 10:45 a.m. CT, followed by the men's 10K race at approximately 11:45 a.m. CT.

This year marks the second-consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships for the Paladin women's team, which is currently ranked 15th nationally after placing second at the Southeast Region Championships last week.  The Paladins posted a seventh-place finish at the national meet last season, the team's first trip to the NCAA Championships.

Furman, which claimed its sixth-consecutive Southern Conference title last month, is led by junior Savannah Carnahan, who earned her third-straight all-region citation after pacing the Paladins with a third-place finish and a time of 19:54.4 on the 6K region course.

Carnahan was joined on the all-region team by juniors Emma Grace Hurley and Gabbi Jennings.  Hurley, who captured her second all-region nod, turned in a time of 20:17.8 for 11th place, while Jennings, who was honored with her second-consecutive all-region selection, finished 16th with a time of 20:24.9.

Junior Riley Burr, sophomore Krissy Gear, and freshmen Reilly Caldwell and Emma Kuntz will also compete for the Paladin women on Saturday.

Templeton, a senior from Knoxville, Tenn., qualified automatically on the men's side by virtue of his third-place individual finish at the region meet.  The 2018 Southern Conference Cross Country Runner of the Year, he led the Paladins on the 10K course with a time of 29:31.3 to earn his third all-region citation last Friday.

"We are obviously disappointed to narrowly miss with the men's team, but we are very excited about Aaron's individual advancement, as well as the return of the women's team to NCAAs," said Furman head coach Robert Gary.  "We have several potential All-Americans and feel like our women's team will certainly out-perform its rank."

A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast by FloTrack at http://bit.ly/2JWuuzq.  Complete results will be posted following Saturday's meet at http://www.furmanpaladins.com.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information