SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Furman’s Josh Brickell and Allie Buchalski have been named Southern Conference men’s and women’s runners of the week, respectively, for competition that took place Oct. 13-15, the league office announced Wednesday. The award is the fourth of the year for Buchalski and first for Brickell.
Brickell, a senior, paced Furman on the 8k course at the competitive Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday, placing 13th. As a team, the Paladins took fifth place in a field of 35 teams with 157 points, finishing ahead of No. 6 Southern Utah and No. 11 Colorado State. The Suwanee, Georgia, native finished the course with a time of 23:54.3 and was one of two Paladins to finish in the top 20. The Furman men’s team concluded the regular season with top-10 finishes in all six events in which they competed.
Buchalski, a senior, placed sixth in Madison on Friday. The Johns Creek, Georgia, native led the 21st-ranked Paladins to a sixth-place finish out of a field of 33 teams, marking Furman’s sixth top-10 finish this season. Buchalski stopped the clock at 19:49.1, beating several nationally ranked runners in the event.
With the 2017 regular season in the books, all 10 programs now turn to the 2017 SoCon Cross Country Championships held in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Oct. 28. The women’s 5k will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the men’s 8k at 10:45 a.m., with both races taking place at the Milliken Research Center.
Also nominated for men’s runner of the week: Ben Varghese (ETSU), Will Sandin (UNCG), Arsene Guillorel (Samford) and Jahanzib Shabaz (VMI).
Also nominated for women’s runner of the week: Amber Opp (The Citadel), Lindsey Stallworth (ETSU), Ariana Garcia (UNCG), Karisa Nelson (Samford), Emily Poole (Chattanooga), Bethany King (VMI) and Christina Nikolauo (Western Carolina).
SoCon Men’s Runner of the Week
Sept. 6: Aaron Templeton, Jr., Furman
Sept. 13: Tanner Hinkle, Sr., Furman
Sept. 20: Ben Varghese, Fr., ETSU
Sept. 27: Jordan Bostian, Jr., Western Carolina
Oct. 4: Aaron Templeton, Jr., Furman
Oct. 11: Quintin McKinnish, Sr., Furman
Oct. 18: Josh Brickell, Sr., Furman
SoCon Women’s Runner of the Week
Sept. 6: Allie Buchalski, Sr., Furman
Sept. 13: Allie Buchalski, Sr., Furman
Sept. 20: Hannah Steelman, Fr., Wofford
Sept. 27: Hannah Steelman, Fr., Wofford
Oct. 4: Allie Buchalski, Sr., Furman
Oct. 11: Emily Lane, Fr., Furman
Oct. 18: Allie Buchalski, Sr., Furman