GREENVILLE, S.C. –The Furman women’s cross country team is ranked 14th nationally in the USTFCCCA Week 1 national coaches’ poll.
The Paladins opened the 2019 season with two team victories at the Charlotte Opener on Aug. 30 and the Eye Opener Invitational on Sept. 14.Senior Gabbi Jennings took the individual title at both meets, leading Furman to a perfect 15-point victory in each race.
Last Saturday, the Paladin squad took the top ten spots in the women’s 5K at the Eye Opener.Jennings took first with a time of 17:10.7. Junior Krissy Gear was second with a time of 17:34.6, followed by senior Emma Grace Hurley in third at 17:47.4. Rookie Lauren Peterson scored a top-five finish, taking fourth at 18:09.5, and senior Grace Dwyer rounded out the Paladin slate of scorers in fifth at 18:11.1.
The Furman women’s team, which has captured the last six Southern Conference Championships, was ranked seventh nationally in the FloTrack preseason poll.The Paladins return their top six competitors from last year’s NCAA squad, including senior Savannah Carnahan, who earned an All-American citation after placing 20th at the national meet last season.
Along with Carnahan, seniors Hurley and Jennings earned All-Southeast Region accolades last season after helping the Paladins to a second-place finish at the region meet.Senior Riley Burr, Gear and sophomore Emma Kuntz, all members of the 2018 All-Southern Conference team who recorded top-10 finishes at last year’s league meet, round out the Furman returnees.
The Paladins will compete at the Queen City Invitational in Charlotte on Sept. 27 and at the Oregon Cross Country Invitational in Eugene on Sept. 28.