COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS -- Senior Allie Buchalski became Furman's first indoor track and field All-American and set a new Paladin record in the 5,000m Friday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas.
The first female NCAA qualifier in the history of the Paladin indoor track and field program, Buchalski, a native of Johns Creek, Ga., posted a time of 15:41.69 to place fourth in the event, earning a first team All-American citation. She entered Friday's race ranked fifth nationally after posting a time of 15:46.86, the previous Paladin record, in the event at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 10.
"Allie ran an absolutely brilliant race," said Furman head coach Robert Gary. "As usual, she ran beyond her ranking of fifth heading into a major championship. Fourth place is a wonderful finish, the three who finished in front of her are incredible athletes."
Buchalski will compete in the women's 3,000m on Saturday. Her school record time of 9:02.04, which she ran at the Camel City Invitational on Feb. 4, is the second-best time in the nation this year.
In 2015, Buchalski became the first All-American in the history of the Paladin cross country program after placing seventh with a time of 20:02.6 at the NCAA Championships. Last spring, she also became the first All-American in Furman women's outdoor track and field history after recording a 14th-place finish with a time of 16:22.64 in the 5,000m at the NCAA Championships.
Just 16 athletes qualify for the 3,000m and the 5,000m events at the NCAA indoor championships. The finals of the women's 3,000m are scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET). ESPN3 will stream the meet live on Saturday beginning at 4:55 p.m. (ET). A re-air of the championship will take place on Sunday, March 12 starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information