LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Junior Allie Buchalski crossed the line in 20:17.3 to take first place in the women's black 6K Saturday at the Pre-NCAA Invitational in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, leading Furman to an 11th-place finish.
The meet, which featured numerous powerhouses that finished among the elite at the 2014 NCAA Championships, served as a pre-cursor for this year's national championships and was split into two races, the Women's Black and Women's Red divisions. Washington State won the black division meet with 176 points, followed by Buffalo with 183 points, and Arizona with 203 points. The Furman women scored 316 points.
Junior Laura Miller recorded a 16th-place finish with a time of 21:13.1, while sophomore Jacquelyn Crow turned in a time of 21:25.9 to place 24th. Sophomore Becca Cooley placed 125th with a time of 22:36.2, and junior Maddie Wolfe finished 152nd at 22:50.3 to complete the Paladin scorers. Junior Ann Sisson notched a time of 23:30.7 to place 194th.
"Allie ran with such poise and control today," said Furman coach Rita Gary at the conclusion of the meet. "Her time in this race was almost 20 seconds faster than what she posted at last year's regional meet, which will leave her right in the mix with the top runners when we compete at regions next month. I was really pleased with her performance. Laura ran almost 45 seconds faster than her regional time from a year, and Jacquelyn stayed purposeful to land a top-25 finish today. We will have Emma Mashburn back for the SoCon Championships in two weeks, and we just need to nail down our fifth position to be ready for the championships."
Following an off weekend next weekend, the Paladins will compete at the Southern Conference Championships on Oct. 31 in Greenville, S.C.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman Individual Results
1st Allie Buchalski 20:17.3
16th Laura Miller 21:13.1
24th Jacquelyn Crow 21:25.9
125th Becca Cooley 22:36.2
152nd Maddie Wolfe 22:50.3
194th Ann Sisson 23:30.7