EUGENE, Ore. – Furman freshman Emma Kuntz broke the program record in the women’s 800-meter run to lead the Paladin track and field teams Friday night at the Oregon Twilight meet in Eugene, Ore.
Kuntz took almost two seconds off the previous record, posting a time of 2:09.91 for fourth place. The former record of 2:11.24 was set by McKenzie Sharpe in 2006.
The Paladins also had runners competing in both the men’s and women’s 1,500-meter runs. Sophomore Emma Grace Hurley turned in a personal-best time of 4:24.27 for eighth place, and freshman Kristlin Gear placed 10th with a time of 4:26.27, also a personal-best. Sophomore Riley Burr took 15th place at 4:37.40.
On the men’s side, senior Aaron Templeton posted a personal-best time of 3:48.23 for 19th place, and sophomore Mason Coppi scored a personal-best time of 3:50.45 for 25th place. Sophomore Jake Ogden took 30th place at 3:53.06.
Furman will compete at the Southern Conference Championships on May 10-11 in Cullowhee, N.C.