GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman men's cross country team won the third annual Furman Cross Country Classic Saturday morning in Greenville, S.C., defeating Auburn, Wake Forest, and Clemson, while the Paladin women's team took third place behind Auburn and Georgia.
The Paladin men scored 16 points for the win, beating second-place Auburn by 30 points. Seven of the Furman runners finished among the top nine, including junior Tanner Hinkle, who claimed first place in the 8K race for the second-consecutive year, turning in a time of 24:17.30. Hinkle was followed by sophomore Frank Lara in second at 24:18.20, while juniors Josh Brickell and Lee Shearer finished third (24:30.31) and fourth (24:35.39), respectively. Junior Troy Reeder completed the Paladin slate of scorers, placing sixth at 24:44.25.
Sophomore Austin Sprague claimed seventh place after crossing the line in 24:47.53, while sophomore Aaron Templeton finished ninth with a time of 24:54.91. Junior Matt Lange posted a time of 25:08.59 for 14th place, and sophomore Mark Hadley was 16th at 25:10.33. Junior Kyle Polman turned in a time of 25:26.34 for 23rd place, and sophomore Quintin McKinnish placed 51st at 26:26.08. Sophomore Hayden Cox completed the Furman lineup in 90th place at 28:10.02.
Auburn won the women's meet with 30 points. The Furman women tallied 89 points in the 6K race, just three points behind Georgia, to take third place, beating out Clemson and Wake Forest. Paladin junior Allie Buchalski won the women's meet with a time of 21:00.66, while junior Laura Miller placed sixth at 21:21.67. Sophomore Jacquelyn Crow turned in a time of 22:04.66 for 16th place, and junior Maddie Wolfe claimed 39th place at 22:36.92 Sophomore Emma Mashburn completed the Paladin scorers, placing 41st with a time of 22:41.40.
"First of all, I love hosting events," said Furman head coach Robert Gary at the conclusion of the meet. "We are very appreciative to have our golf course and its support crew as we host such a great event. This was a meet we started just three years ago, and we have already reached capacity with teams coming from all over."
"Our women's team did not run at full strength today," added Gary. "Defeating Clemson and Wake Forest while only running at 75 percent capacity makes us very excited as we look to the meet at Virginia in several weeks. The men ran very controlled in groupings today, and we are excited about surpassing our national ranking by season's end."
Furman will compete at the Virginia Panorama Farms Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., on September 26.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Complete Furman Results
Furman Cross Country Classic
Men - 1st out of 12 Division I teams - 8K - 16 points
1st Tanner Hinkle 24:17.30
2nd Frank Lara 24:18.20
3rd Josh Brickell 24:30.31
4th Lee Shearer 24:35.39
6th Troy Reeder 24:44.25
7th Austin Sprague 24:47.53
9th Aaron Templeton 24:54.91
14th Matt Lange 25:08.59
16th Mark Hadley 25:10.33
23rd Kyle Polman 25:26.34
51st Quintin McKinnish 26:26.08
90th Hayden Cox 28:10.02
Women - 3rd out of 13 Division I teams - 6K - 89 Points
1st Allie Buchalski 21:00.66
6th Laura Miller 21:21.67
16th Jacquelyn Crow 22:04.66
39th Maddie Wolfe 22:36.92
41st Emma Mashburn 22:41.40
43rd Becca Cooley 22:44.21
66th Bryce Seymour 23:14.85
78th Ann Sisson 23:38.01