GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Furman women’s cross country team is ranked 18th nationally and second in the Southeast Region in the USTFCCCA Week 3 coaches’ polls, while the Paladin men are sixth in the region and 33rd nationally.
On Saturday, both Paladin teams turned in a sixth-place finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon in Springfield, Oregon.
A native of Cumming, Georgia, senior Savannah Carnahan, a 2018 All-American, posted 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.
Senior Ryan Adams paced the Paladins with a time of 23:36.8 on the men’s 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.
The Paladins opened the 2019 season with team victories at both the Charlotte Opener on Aug. 30 and the Eye Opener Invitational on Sept. 14. Jennings took the individual title for the women at both meets, leading Furman to a perfect 15 point victory in each race. Adams led the men in both outings, claiming first place at both meets.
Furman, which captured the last six Southern Conference Championships on both the men’s and women’s sides, will compete at the Royals Challenge in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 11 then at the Nuttycombe Classic in Madison, Wisconsin, on Oct. 18.