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Furman's Kuntz Finishes Sixth In 800m At USATF Junior Championships

Furman's Kuntz Finishes Sixth In 800m At USATF Junior Championships

BLOOMINGTON, IND. -- Furman freshman Emma Kuntz finished sixth in the 800m Saturday at the USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships, which are being held this weekend at the Hayes Track at the Haugh Complex on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. 

A native of a native of Louisville, Ky., Kuntz crossed the line in 2:14.40 in the race.  On Friday, she posted a time of 2:08.96 in the trials, breaking her own program record and placing fourth in her heat and sixth overall.  The reigning Southern Conference champion in the event, Kuntz previously set the program record of 2:09.91 at the Oregon Twilight meet in May.

Also on Friday, Paladin freshman Kristlin Gear won the 3,000m Steeplechase at the meet, qualifying for Team USA's U20 world team, which will compete at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships July 10-15 in Tampere, Finland.  A native of Fort Meyers, Fla., she took the lead in the third lap and slowly pulled away from the field, winning the race by more than three seconds with a time of 10:28.05.  Gear, who earned honorable mention All-American accolades in the event at last week's NCAA Championships, posted a school-record time of 9:52.71 at the NCAA East Preliminaries to reach the finals, where she placed 24th nationally.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information