GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Furman women’s cross country team moved up three spots to rank 15th nationally and remained in second place in the Southeast Region poll, according to the USTFCCCA Week 5 coaches’ polls, while the Paladin men improved two places to fourth in the region and gained one position to rank 32nd nationally.
Last week, the Furman women turned in a tenth-place finish versus a highly-ranked field at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin, while the Paladin men placed 19th.
Senior Gabbi Jennings posted a Furman-best eighth-place finish and a time of 20:07.7 to pace the women on the 6K course. Senior Savannah Carnahan placed 19th with a time of 20:23.0, while senior Emma Grace Hurley was 54th at 20:48.5. Junior Krissy Gear turned in a time of 20:58.8 for 65th place, and senior Grace Dwyer completed the Furman slate of scorers with a time of 21:47.7 for 163rd place. Junior Emily Lane finished 176th at 21:54.3, and freshman Lauren Peterson was 212th with a time of 22:16.7.
Senior Ryan Adams led the men with a time of 23:50.0 on the 8K course, finishing 11th. Junior Daniel Bernal placed 51st with a time of 24:17.7, and senior Jake Ogden was 136th at 24:51.4. Freshman David Ahlmeyer posted a time of 25:00.7 to finish 159th, and junior Trenton Mandato completed the Paladin scorers in 163rd place with a time of 25:01.9. Sophomore Cameron Ponder crossed the line in 25:20.9 for 190th place and freshman Ares Reading was 212th at 25:56.5.
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.
At the end of September, both Paladin teams turned in a sixth-place finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon in Springfield, Oregon, Carnahan led the women with a fifth-place finish, while Adams placed sixth to pace the men.
Furman, the six-time defending league champion on both the men’s and women’s side, will compete at the Southern Conference Championship November 2 in Johnson City, Tenn.
USTFCCCA Men’s National Poll: http://www.ustfccca.org/2019/10/featured/2019-ncaa-di-mens-cross-country-national-coaches-poll-week-5
USTFCCCA Women’s National Poll: http://www.ustfccca.org/2019/10/featured/2019-ncaa-di-womens-cross-country-national-coaches-poll-week-5
USTFCCCA Men’s Southeast Region Poll: http://www.ustfccca.org/2019/10/featured/2019-ncaa-di-mens-cross-country-regional-rankings-week-5
USTFCCCA Women’s Southeast Region Poll: http://www.ustfccca.org/2019/10/featured/2019-ncaa-di-womens-cross-country-regional-rankings-week-5