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Paladins Win Three Events In Opening Day Of SoCon Championships

The Furman women's DMR team took first place Saturday at the SoCon Indoor Championships.
The Furman women's DMR team took first place Saturday at the SoCon Indoor Championships.

LEXINGTON, VA. -- Furman won three events, the women's distance medley relay, plus the men's and women's 3,000m, Saturday in the opening day of competition at the 2018 Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship, which is being held this weekend at the Corps Physical Training Facility in Lexington, Va.

After the first day of competition, Samford leads both the men's and women's meets.  In the men's competition, Samford has 46 points, while Furman is in fourth place with 33 points.  Samford has 83.5 points to lead the women's race, while Furman has 26 points for fourth place.

The Paladin women's distance medley relay team of sophomore Gabrielle Jennings, senior Becca Cooley, senior Jacquelyn Crow, and freshman Emma Kuntz posted a time of 11:52.94 for the win, establishing a new Furman record and facility record.  

The Paladin men placed five runners among the top nine in Saturday's 3,000m final, scoring 25 points in the event.  Senior Frank Lara won the event with a time of 8:13.79.  Lara was followed by sophomore Mason Coppi in second at 8:17.76.  Freshman Daniel Bernal and senior Aaron Templeton were back-to-back in fifth and sixth, respectively.  Bernal posted a time of 8:19.55, and Templeton crossed the line in 8:22.11.  Rookie Trent Mandato finished ninth with a time of 8:39.16.  For their efforts, Bernal and Mandato were named to the SoCon All-Freshman team. 

In the women's 3,000m, sophomore Emma Grace Hurley recorded a time of 9:54.74 for the win, while sophomore Grace Dwyer finished third at 9:59.92.  Freshman Reilly Caldwell turned in a time of 10:25.42 for ninth place. 

The men's distance medley relay team of sophomore Madison Daniel, senior Troy Reeder, sophomore Jake Ogden, and sophomore Thomas Moore finished second with a time of 10:11.02.

Five runners advanced to Sunday's final in the men's mile.  Templeton qualified second with a time of 4:18.18, and Coppi was third at 4:19.18.  Reeder posted a time of 4:18.90 for fifth place, while Ogden was seventh with a time of 4:19.15.  Sophomore Luke Meade grabbed the last qualifying spot in 12th place with a time of 4:23.04. Ogden also qualified in the 800m after placing eighth with a time of 1:57.03.

The Paladins also had five runners advance in the women's mile.  Freshman Kristlin Gear led the Paladins in second place with a time of 5:01.57, and Crow qualified fifth at 5:03.28.  Burr qualified in eighth place with a time of 5:04.93, followed by Jennings in ninth at 5:04.94.  Freshman Emily Lane took the 12th and final qualifying spot with a time of 5:12.44.

Kuntz led the Paladins in the women's 800m qualifying, crossing the line in 2:14.71 for second place.  Sophomore Riley Burr qualified third at 2:14.99, and Gear was sixth with a time of 2:16.68.

The final day of competition will begin Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. with the men's heptathlon. 

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


SoCon Indoor Track and Field Championships - Day 1 Complete Furman Results

Men's Results

60m Dash

14th Chad Word 7.37


800m Qualifying

8th Jake Ogden 1:57.03Q

17th Madison Daniel 2:00.84

19th Hayden Cox 2:02.23


Mile Qualifying

2nd Aaron Templeton 4:18.18Q

3rd Mason Coppi 4:18.19Q

5th Troy Reeder 4:18.90Q

7th Jake Ogden 4:19.15Q

12th Luke Meade 4:23.04Q

14th Quintin McKinnish 4:30.80



1st Frank Lara 8:13.79

2nd Mason Coppi 8:17.76

5th Daniel Bernal 8:19.55

6th Aaron Templeton 8:22.11

9th Trent Mandato 8:39.16


Distance Medley Relay

2nd Daniel, Reeder, 10:11.02

Ogden, Moore


Long Jump

14th Chad Word 6.26m

17th Austin Chewning 4.13m


Women's Results

60m Dash 

17th Carlen Baran 8.43


800m Qualifying

2nd Emma Kuntz 2:14.71Q

3rd Riley Burr 2:14.99Q

6th Kristlin Gear 2:16.68Q


Mile Qualifying

2nd Kristlin Gear 5:01.57Q

5th Jacquelyn Crow 5:03.28Q

8th Riley Burr 5:04.93Q

9th Gabrielle Jennings 5:04.94Q

12th Emily Lane 5:12.44Q

13th Becca Cooley 5:13.91



1st Emma Grace Hurley 9:54.74

3rd Grace Dwyer 9:59.92

9th Reilly Caldwell 10:25.42


Distance Medley Relay

1st Jennings, Cooley, 11:52.94

Crow, Kuntz



10th Shannon Smith 2805 points

13th Reagan Chewning 2292 points