Furman's Reeder Captures All-American Honors
EUGENE, Ore. – Junior Troy Reeder captured first team All-American honors Friday at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Reeder posted a season-best time of 8:38.64 to finish eighth in the 3,000m Steeplechase, earning first team All-American honors for the second-consecutive year in the event. A native of Fishers, Ind., he finished third in his heat and tenth overall with a time of 8:43.57 in the semifinals on Wednesday to punch his ticket through to the finals. He 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. Reeder, who holds the Furman record of 8:36.51 in the event, entered the prelims with the top time in the East, 8:40.57, which he posted at the Stanford Invitational in March to qualify.
Earlier in the week, junior Frank Lara and sophomore Ryan Adams earned honorable mention All-American citations at the championships. 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 meet. 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.
The championships will conclude on Saturday, with junior Allie Buchalski representing the Paladins in the 5,000 finals at 8:25 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.
Saturday's action will be televised on ESPN with network coverage starting at 6:30 p.m.
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 8th (8:38.64)
8:25 p.m. - Women's 5,000m Final – Allie Buchalski
Samford's Fightmaster Competes at NCAA Outdoor Championships
EUGENE, Ore. – Samford's standout track and field performer Keyth Fightmaster competed in the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday as the Bulldogs' junior native of Calhoun, Georgia, challenged some of the top athletes of the nation in the high jump event held at historic Hayward Field.
Fightmaster, one of the top 24 high jumpers in the nation this season, qualified for Friday's championship final by posting a mark of 2.10 meters at the NCAA Regionals last week in Lexington, Kentucky.
On Friday, the competition opened at the 2.08-meter level and Fightmaster came close to clearing the mark on each and every attempt, but ultimately, he was unable to move on to the next height in the event.
Arizona's Justice Summerset claimed the national championship with a height of 2.18 meters. Summerset, a freshmen, was able to hold off Kansas State's Christoff Bryan for the title.
Samford's historic 2017 campaign has continued this week as the Bulldogs' Fightmaster, Arsène Guillorel and Karisa Nelson have all competed in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Guillorel placed fourth in the 10,000-meter run on Wednesday and Nelson advanced to Saturday's championship final in the women's 1,500-meter competition. Nelson's championship final will be held at 5:41 p.m., on ESPN, where she will be looking to claim her second NCAA title of the season.