EUGENE, ORE. -- Furman junior Troy Reeder placed third in his heat and tenth overall with a school-record time of 8:36.51 to advance to the finals of the 3,000m Steeplechase Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The finals of the event will be held Friday at 5:54 p.m. PT.
Reeder's time breaks the previous program record of 8:41.63, set by Tripp Hurt in 2015.
Reeder reached the semifinals after placing second in his heat with a time of 8:41.99 at the East Preliminaries in Jacksonville last month. His time ranked tenth overall among the three heats at the prelims.
He led the Paladins with a second-place finish at the 2015 SoCon Cross Country Championships, helping Furman to its third-consecutive championship. Reeder finished second in the 3,000m, third in the mile, and fourth in the 5,000m at the league indoor meet, then opened the outdoor season by setting a new Paladin record of 13:59.86 in the 5,000m at the Raleigh Relays. He went on to win the title in the 1,500m and place second in the 5,000m at the SoCon Outdoor Championships.
Furman junior Allie Buchalski will compete in the finals of the 5,000m Saturday at 5:25 p.m. PT. She reached the finals after setting a new Paladin record with a time of 16:08.10 at the East Preliminaries. Buchalski, who ranked 19th among athletes in the East entering the event, bested her own previous school record of 16:11.71, to win her heat and notch the fastest qualifying time in the event.
The 2015 & 2016 SoCon Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year, Buchalski became the first All-American in the history of the Paladin cross country program after placing seventh at the NCAA Championships in November. Buchalski was chosen the SoCon Women's Indoor Track Most Outstanding Athlete after recording victories in the mile, 3,000m, and 5,000m then won the 5,000m title and finished second in the 1,500m at the SoCon Outdoor Championships. She holds the Paladin record of 10:13.10 in the 3,000m Steeplechase, an event in which she competed at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Live results from the NCAA Championships will be available at http://www.ncaa.com/ncaa-division-i-track-field-championships?DB_OEM_ID=500.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information