EARLYSVILLE, VA. -- The Furman men's cross country team won the 2017 NCAA Southeast Region Championship, while the Paladin women turned in a second-place finish Friday at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va. The top two teams in each race qualified for the NCAA Championships, which will be held Nov. 18 in Louisville, Ky.
The Furman men scored 55 points to finish first out of 32 teams, claiming the Paladins' first region title in the history of the program. Virginia Tech was second with 109 points, followed by Virginia in third at 130 points. The Paladins and Hokies earned the region's automatic bid to the national championships.
Junior Aaron Templeton paced the Paladins on the 10K course with a time of 29:05.4 to finish fifth and earn a spot on the all-region team. Furman placed a total of six runners on the all-region team, including senior Troy Reeder, who was eighth with a time of 29:25.2, and seniors Tanner Hinkle and Josh Brickell, who finished back to back in 12th and 13th place, respectively. Hinkle notched a time of 29:33.0, followed by Brickell at 29:33.1.
Senior Frank Lara and sophomore Mason Coppi also earned all-region honors. Lara crossed the line in 29:36.5 to take 17th place, while Coppi was 25th with a time of 29:49.2. Sophomore Ryan Adams completed the Paladin slate, finishing 30th with a time of 30:01.6.
The Paladin women's team finished second out of 37 teams with 83 points, also the highest finish in the history of the Furman program. N.C. State won the region title with 68 points, giving the Wolfpack and the Paladins the two automatic bids. Eastern Kentucky placed third with 136 points.
Furman placed four women on the all-region team, including senior Allie Buchalski, who led the Paladins with a second-place finish after posting a time of 20:10.4 on the 6K course. Buchalski was joined on the all-region team by sophomores Gabrielle Jennings and Savannah Carnahan, who finished tenth and 11th, respectively. Jennings recorded a time of 20:34.2, followed by Carnahan at 20:37.1. Sophomore Emma Grace Hurley finished 19th with a time of 20:58.9 to earn all-region accolades.
"The women qualifying for the first time and the men running so tough and winning made for one of the best days of coaching ever," said Furman head coach Robert Gary following the meet. "Coach Neal, Coach Rita, and Coach Balyo have done a tremendous job. We knew it was going to be a special year this year for the entirety of our program. We look forward to finishing this run out in eight days in Louisville."
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Complete Furman Results
2017 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships
Men's 10K - 1st out of 32 teams - 55 Points
5th Aaron Templeton 29:05.4
8th Troy Reeder 29:25.2
12th Tanner Hinkle 29:33.0
13th Josh Brickell 29:33.1
17th Frank Lara 29:36.5
25th Mason Coppi 29:49.2
30th Ryan Adams 30:01.6
Women's 6K - 2nd out of 37 teams - 83 Points
2nd Allie Buchalski 20:10.4
10th Gabrielle Jennings 20:34.2
11th Savannah Carnahan 20:37.1
19th Emma Grace Hurley 20:58.9
41st Grace Dwyer 21:35.5
53rd Riley Burr 21:51.5
104th Kristlin Gear 22:33.6