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Furman Wins Six Events In Final Day Of SoCon Championships

Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Senior Ryan Adams won both the men's 800m and 1,500m, and Furman claimed a total of six event titles Sunday in the final day of the 2019 Southern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

The Paladin women placed fourth with 91 points, while the Furman men finished fifth with 88 points. Samford claimed the women's title with 216 points, and Western Carolina took first place in the men's meet with 169 points. 

Adams, a senior from Hudson, Ohio, posted a time of 1:50.50 to take gold in the 800m, marking his second-career league victory in the event outdoors.  He led a Paladin 1-2 punch in the 1,500m, crossing the line in 3:48.15 for the win over junior Jake Ogden, who placed second at 3:48.45.  Rookie Noah Dolhare was named to the SoCon All-Freshman team by virture of his 13th place finish in Saturday's 1,500m trials. 

Furman won titles in both the men's and women's 5,000m on Sunday.  The Paladins took the top four spots in the men's event, as senior Frank Lara took gold for the second time in his career after recording a time of 14:40.63.  Junior Luke Meade finished second at 14:43.77, followed by junior Mason Coppi in third at 14:50.88.  Redshirt freshman Daniel Bernal completed the sweep, placing fourth with a time of 14:52.87 to earn a spot on the SoCon All-Freshman team.  

The Paladins placed five runners among the top seven in the women's 5,000m.  Junior Gabbi Jennings won the event with a time of 16:36.05, while junior Emma Grace Hurley clocked in at 17:37.48 for third place.  Junior Jennifer Stephenson was fifth at 17:45.64, followed by junior Grace Dwyer in sixth at 17:49.67.  Sophomore Emily Lane finished seventh with a time of 18:06.56.

Also on the women's side, sophomore Krissy Gear took first place with a time of 2:09.80 in the 800m, while sophomore Emma Kuntz finished fourth at 2:12.32.  In the 1,500m, junior Savannah Carnahan was the runner up with a meet record of 4:18.67.  Junior Riley Burr placed ninth with a time of 4:39.62 in the event, and Kuntz was 12th at 4:42.05.

Select members of the Paladin squad will compete at the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla., May 23-25.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

SoCon Championships - Day 2

Complete Furman Results

Men

800m Finals

1st Ryan Adams 1:50.50

 

1,500m Finals

1st Ryan Adams 3:48.15

2nd Jake Ogden 3:48.45

 

5,000m

1st Frank Lara 14:40.63

2nd Luke Meade 14:43.77

3rd Mason Coppi 14:50.88

4th Daniel Bernal 14:52.87

 

4x100m Relay

7th Word, Dolhare, 50.93

Daniel, Meade

 

4x400m Relay

8th Word, Daniel, 3:33.11

Dolhare, Ogden

 

Women

800m Finals

1st Krissy Gear 2:09.80

4th Emma Kuntz 2:12.32

 

1,500m Finals

2nd Savannah Carnahan 4:18.67

9th Riley Burr 4:39.62

12th Emma Kuntz 4:42.05

 

5,000m

1st Gabbi Jennings 16:36.05

3rd Emma Grace Hurley 17:37.48

5th Jennifer Stephenson 17:45.64

6th Grace Dwyer 17:49.67

7th Emily Lane 18:06.56

 

4x400m Relay

5th Gear, Baran, 3:59.27

Burr, Kuntz

 

Men's results – Final

1. Western Carolina – 186 points

2. Samford – 169

3. ETSU – 136

4. Wofford – 91

5. Furman – 88

6. The Citadel – 74

7. VMI – 65

8. UNC Greensboro – 5

 

Women's results – Final

1. Samford – 228 points

2. Wofford – 126

3. Western Carolina – 119

4. ETSU – 100

5. Furman – 91

6. Mercer – 70

T7. VMI – 31

T7. The Citadel – 31

9. Chattanooga – 15

10. UNC Greensboro – 8

 

Men's Most Outstanding Athlete

Ben Johnson, ETSU

 

Women's Most Outstanding Athlete

Maggie Johnston, Samford

 

Men's Pinnacle Award (highest GPA on championship-winning team)

Miles Greer, Western Carolina

 

Women's Pinnacle Award (highest GPA on championship-winning team)

Amanda Dumar, Samford