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Paladins To Compete At SoCon Championships This Weekend

Cameron Ponder - photo courtesy of Phil Ponder
Cameron Ponder - photo courtesy of Phil Ponder

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman indoor track and field teams will compete at the 2019 Southern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships this Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 23-24) at the Corps Physical Training Facility in Lexington, Va.  The meet marks the 84th annual Indoor Track & Field Championship for the men and the 32nd for the women.

Saturday's schedule will begin at 9 a.m. with the men's heptathlon, while the women's pentathlon gets under way at 9:15 a.m. Saturday's final event, the men's distance medley relay, begins at 6:15 p.m. to cap the first day of competition. Sunday's schedule gets going at 9 a.m. with the continuation of the heptathlon. The final event of the day, the men's 4x400m relay, is slated for 3:40 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.

The event is free to the public.  Live results, daily photos, and video highlights can be found on-line at www.soconsports.com.  Daily recaps can be found on the Southern Conference website and at www.furmanpaladins.com.

Furman returns all of the defending champions in the women's middle distance and distance events. Sophomore Krissy Gear won the 800m run and the mile en route to being named the 2018 SoCon Indoor Track Female Freshman of the Year, while junior Emma Grace Hurley won the 3,000m run and junior Savannah Carnahan set a meet record of 16:24.84 in the 5,000m run.  Carnahan is the two-time defending champion in the event.  On the men's side, senior Frank Lara returns to defend titles in the 3,000m and 5,000m.

Four Furman athletes are atop the SoCon leader board this season, including freshman Cameron Ponder, who leads the league with times of 4:06.56 in the mile and 8:15.05 in the 3,000m.  Lara paces all runners in the men's 5,000m at 14:01.36, while Carnahan leads the league at 15:53.58 in the women's 5,000m.

"We try to place the biggest focus on cross country and outdoors," said Furman head coach Robert Gary.  "We will undoubtedly be traveling the smallest team in the conference, but we have every intention of competing well. We have circled 80 points for each gender, and that historically places a team inside the top four."

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information