Samford's Guillorel Takes Fourth Place at NCAA Championships
EUGENE, Ore. – The Samford University track and field team opened the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships in strong fashion Wednesday as the Bulldogs' junior distance runner Arsène Guillorel placed fourth in the nation in the 10,000-meter run with a brilliant time of 29:05.27 held at historic Hayward Field.
Guillorel earned his fourth-place finish by outlasting most of the top runners in the nation Wednesday.
Never far off the pace, or more than 15-yards behind the leader for the entirety of the race, Guillorel made his move in the final mile and held second place heading into the final lap. Samford's talented native of Pontchateau, France, seemed poised to overtake the leader going around the turn, but Tulsa's Marc Scott overtook everybody down the stretch and won the race with a time of 29:01.54.
Guillorel secured fourth place in the NCAA Championship event and trailed just Scott, Rory Linkletter of BYU and Erik Peterson of Butler as the fastest collegiate athletes in the nation.
Samford's historic 2017 campaign is continuing this week, Wednesday through Saturday, as the Bulldogs' Keyth Fightmaster, Guillorel and Karisa Nelson have all qualified to compete in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
On Thursday, Samford's defending national champion in the indoor mile, Nelson, will be looking to continue her quest for a second title at 6:46 p.m., in the 1,500-meter run. She will compete in the semifinal round Thursday with hopes of advancing to Saturday's championship final, which will be held at 5:41 p.m.
Fightmaster, who will be competing in the high jump this week, is scheduled to vie for the national championship beginning at 7 p.m., on Friday.
Furman's Lara and Adams Earn Honorable Mention All-American Accolades at NCAA Championships on Wednesday
EUGENE, Ore. – Junior Frank Lara and sophomore Ryan Adams earned honorable mention All-American accolades Wednesday in the opening day of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Lara placed 19th with a time of 29:44.82 in the finals of the 10,000m after finishing 11th in the semifinals last week at the East Preliminaries. Lara, who hails from Houston, Texas, ran at the front of the pack throughout the prelims, posting a time of 30:04.28 to advance through to the championships.
Adams finished 22nd with a time of 3:49.48 in the 1,500m at the championships. Last week in the quarterfinals, he finished seventh with a time of 3:47.32 to advance to the semifinals, after placing tenth with a time of 3:50.37 in the first round. Adams, who hails from Hudson, Ohio, entered the event ranked 15th in the East with a top time of 3:42.90 this season. The Paladin record holder with a time of 3:42.25, he notched his qualifying time at the Raleigh Relays in March.
Also on Wednesday, junior Troy Reeder finished third in his heat and tenth overall with a time of 8:43.57 in the semifinals of the 3,000m Steeplechase to punch his ticket through to the finals, which will be held Friday at 8:54 p.m. A native of Fishers, Ind., Reeder won his heat and placed eighth overall with a time of 8:44.48 last week at the East Preliminaries to earn a spot in the semifinals. He entered last week's meet with the top time in the East, 8:40.57, which he posted at the Stanford Invitational in March to qualify. Reeder holds the Furman record of 8:36.51 in the event.
On Saturday, junior Allie Buchalski will represent the Paladins in the 5,000 finals at 5:25 p.m. Buchalski placed fourth with a time of 16:08.92 at the East Prelims to reach the championship. Buchalski, who hails from Johns Creek, Ga., entered the race with the top time in the East, 15:35.55, a new Paladin record which she set in March at the Raleigh Relays.
The top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championships are deemed first team All-Americans, with finishers nine through 16 earning second team All-American accolades. Honorable Mention All-American citations are bestowed on athletes who finish in 17th through 24th place.
The final two days of the championships will be televised on ESPN with network coverage starting at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
NCAA Championships (All times noted are Eastern Standard Time)
7:46 p.m. - Men's 1,500m Semifinal – Ryan Adams - 22nd (3:49.48)
8:02 p.m. - Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Semifinal - Troy Reeder - 10th (8:43.57)
10:08 p.m. - Men's 10,000m Final – Frank Lara - 19th (29:44.82)
8:54 p.m. - Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Final - Troy Reeder
8:25 p.m. - Women's 5,000m Final – Allie Buchalski