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Furman's Coppi Wins 5,000m In Opening Day Of Vanderbilt Invitational

Mason Coppi
Mason Coppi

NASHVILLE, TENN. -- Freshman Mason Coppi turned in a time of 14:41.60 to win the men's 5,000m to lead the Paladin indoor track and field team Friday in the opening day of the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.  The Paladins placed three runners among the top eight in the event, as rookie Luke Meade was third with a time of 14:52.91, and senior Lee Shearer clocked in at 15:34.39 to claim eighth place. 

Freshman Jennifer Stephenson placed eighth in the 5,000m with a time of 17:53.43 to pace the Paladin women's team, and rookie Anna Hayden finished 16th in the event after posting a time of 18:54.78.

Junior Austin Chewing finished 27th with a mark of 17-4 in the long jump, while Heather Paget-Brown placed 55th with a time of 27.72 in the 200m.  Also in the 200m, junior Shannon Smith captured 56th place at 28.18, followed by rookie Sarah Wilson in 57th at 28.56, and freshman Marry Morrow in 58th place with a time of 29.33.

The meet will conclude on Saturday.  The women's 3,000m run will begin at 9:45 a.m.  The final event of the meet, the men's 4x400m relay, is set to commence at 5:25 p.m.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


Vanderbilt Invitational -  Furman Results



1st Mason Coppi 14:41.60

3rd Luke Meade 14:52.91

8th Lee Shearer 15:34.39


Long Jump

27th Austin Chewing 5.28 17-4




55th Heather Paget-Brown 27.72

56th Shannon Smith 28.18

57th Sarah Wilson 28.56

58th Marry Morrow 29.33



8th Jennifer Stephenson 17:53.43

16th Anna Hayden 18:54.78