GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Juniors Savannah Carnahan and Emma Grace Hurley garnered individual All-Academic honors, while the Paladin women's and men's cross country programs earned 2018 Division I All-Academic Team status as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Individual athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater and must have finished among the top 25 finishers in their regional meet. Carnahan, a native of Cumming, Ga., boasts a 3.93 GPA and is a double major in applied mathematics and chemistry. She led the Paladins with a third-place finish and a time of 19:54.5 at the NCAA Southeast Region Championships in November. Hurley, who hails from Roswell, Ga., finished 11th with a time of 20:17.8 at the region meet and is a communications major with a 3.49 GPA.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship. The Paladin men's team posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.21, while the women recorded a cumulative GPA of 3.38.
"As we continue to build a distance running powerhouse at Furman, it has always and will continue to be with the understanding that it is to be accomplished inside the very high-quality and rigorous academic framework of the university," said Furman head coach Robert Gary. "We are proud that there are no concessions made for our student-athletes in admissions, not upon the entirety of their career. As our sport is in season for the entirety of the school year between cross country, indoor, and outdoor track and field, we are very proud of their accomplishments."
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information