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Furman cross country teams finish sixth in Oregon
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 09/28/2019
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Courtesy: Phil Ponder

SPRINGFIELD, ORE. – The Furman cross country teams each turned in a sixth-place finish Saturday at the Bill Dellinger Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon in Springfield, Ore. 

Sixth-ranked BYU took the top spot in the women's race with 35 points, followed by No. 13 Boise State in second with 81 points.  Air Force tallied 103 points to claim third place, and No. 10 Oregon finished fourth with 143 points on their home course.  Oregon State placed fifth with 172 points, while the 14th-ranked Paladins were sixth at 172 points.   

A native of Cumming, Ga., senior Savannah Carnahan turned in a Furman-best fifth-place finish with a time of 19:48.9 on the women's 6K course, while senior Gabbi Jennings was just two spots back in seventh at 20:00.6.  Senior Emma Grace Hurley placed 33rd with a time of 20:40.0, and senior Grace Dwyer posted a time of 21:13.2 for 76th place.  Junior Emily Lane completed the slate of Paladin scorers in 83rd place with a time of 21:20.9.  

Freshman Lauren Peterson finished 94th at 21:26.4, and rookie Abigail Robertson recorded a time of 21:42.0 for 101st place.  Junior Emma Kuntz crossed the line in 21:45.8 for 105th place, and freshman Nicole Matysik was 116th with a time of 22:01.2.  Senior Jennifer Stephenson finished 121st after posting a time of 22:09.9. 

No. 11 Oregon won the men's meet with 54 points, while second-ranked BYU was the runner-up with 60 points.  No. 23 UCLA scored 62 points to take third place, and Boise State finished fourth with 120 points.  Portland, which ranks sixth nationally, claimed fifth place at 182 points, and the Paladins were sixth with 185 points. 

Senior Ryan Adams paced the Paladins with a time of 23:36.8 on the 8K course, finishing sixth, while junior Daniel Bernal placed 18th with a time of 23:57.7.  Senior Jake Ogden, who crossed the line in 24:25.0, finished 45th, and freshman David Ahlmeyer recorded a time of 24:52.7 for 71st place.  Sophomore Cameron Ponder finished 73rd at 24:55.0, and junior Trent Mandato placed 85th with a time of 25:05.0.  Rookies Ares Reading and Adam Beucler completed the Paladin contingency, as Reading placed 132nd at 26:09.4, and Beucler finished 137th at 26:32.8.

On Friday, select members of the Paladin men's team competed at the Queen City Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.  Senior Madison Daniel led Furman with a time of 25:49 on the 8K course, finishing 17th, while sophomore Noah Dolhare placed 44th at 26:32.  Three freshmen completed the Paladin lineup.  Benjamin Seeber posted a time of 26:41 for 50th place, and Nick Epstein was 79th at 27:20.  Justin Hager posted a time of 28:06 for 121st. 

Furman will compete at the Royals Challenge in Charlotte, N.C., on October 11.

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