TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Furman men's cross country team finished 30th at the 2014 NCAA Championships Saturday at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Sophomore Tanner Hinkle led all Paladin finishers on the day, placing 146th with a time of 31:55.0. Freshman Frank Lara crossed the line in 31:59.4 for 157th place, followed closely by sophomore Troy Reeder, who finished 160th at 32:02.7.
In the women's 6K, Furman sophomore Allie Buchalski placed 156th after turning in a time of 21:36.8. The Paladin women's team missed qualifying for the national meet as a team by just one place at last weekend's regional meet.
The Paladin men entered Saturday's meet ranked 19th nationally after posting a second-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Furman clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships at the conclusion of the regional race, becoming the first Paladin cross country team to qualify for the NCAA championships in the modern, competitive era.
Furman's only other appearances in the national championship meet came in 1965 and 1970. The Paladins' highest finish at the national meet was recorded in 1965, when Furman finished 12 out of 18 teams.
The Paladins will open the indoor track and field season December 6 at the JDL College Kick-Off Classic in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Complete Furman Results
2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships
Men's 10K - 30th out of 31 teams - 747 Points
146th Tanner Hinkle 31:55.0
157th Frank Lara 31:59.4
160th Troy Reeder 32:02.7
210th Mark Hadley 32:45.3
212th Brock Baker 32:48.3
241st Tripp Hurt 34:16.5
156th Allie Buchalski 21:36.8