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Furman Cross Country/Track & Field Announces Recruiting Class

Furman Cross Country/Track & Field Announces Recruiting Class

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman head cross country/track and field coach Robert Gary announced today that five athletes have signed to run for the Paladins beginning in the fall of 2019.  The Paladin recruiting class, which includes three women and two men, is ranked among the top classes nationally for both the men and the women.

"Being so focused on distance, we are excited to be adding this first group of recruits to our program," said Gary, who is in his seventh season at the helm of the Paladin program.  "Possessing a tremendous combination of academics, distance running, and citizenship, I am sure these five signees will add to our team culture of thinking big!"


Athlete Hometown High School                              


Nicole Matysik Key West, Fla. Key West

Quinn McConnell Lafayette, Colo. Peak to Peak Charter

Lauren Peterson Farmington, Minn. Farmington



David Ahlmeyer Hendersonville, Tenn. Beech Senior

Adam Beucler Hudson, Ohio Hudson


Nicole Matysik - Distance - Key West High / Key West, Fla.

800m - 2:15.55 

1,600m - 4:55.93  

3,200m - 10:35.58 


Three-time Florida State Runner-Up (Cross country, 3,200m, and 1,600m)


Quinn McConnell - Distance - Peak to Peak Charter / Lafayette, Colo.

800m - 2:12.26 

Mile - 4:50.33 

5,000m - 17:00.10 


Brooks PR Invitational Qualifier

2018 Nike Nationals Qualifier

Two-time NXN National Finalist

Two-time Team USA Mountain Racing Team Member 

Two-time Colorado State Cross Country Champion 


Lauren Peterson - Distance - Farmington High / Farmington, Minn.

800m - 2:16.29 

1,600m - 4:52.32

3,200m - 10:31.50


Two-time NXN National Finalist 

Footlocker Finalist

Minnesota State 3,200m Champion 


David Ahlmeyer - Distance - Beech Senior High / Hendersonville, Tenn.

3,200m - 9:03.90 

XC 5K - 15:18.56 


Tennessee State Runner-Up - Cross Country

2018 Footlocker Championships Qualifier


Adam Beucler - Distance - Hudson High / Hudson, Ohio

3,200m - 9:08.63 

XC 5K - 15:36.46 


Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information