GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Paladin men's and women's cross country teams will play host to the 38th annual Gene Mullin Furman Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning on the Furman University Golf Course. At the event, which has been renamed this year in honor of the long-time Paladin coach, Furman will unveil a new cross country course and a new cross country score board. Bagpiper Nate Williams will perform prior to each race.
The Saturday races will kick off with the collegiate men's 8K at 8:30 a.m., followed by the collegiate women's 5K at 9 a.m., then the Blue Shoes 5K at 9:25 a.m. At 10:10 a.m. the varsity girls 5K purple division race will start, followed by the varsity boys 5K purple division race at 10:40 a.m. The JV boys 5K starts at 11:10 a.m., the JV girls 5K at 11:15 a.m., then the varsity girls 5K black division at 11:50 a.m. The events will conclude with the varsity boys 5K at 12:20 p.m. All races will be held on the cross country course of the Furman Golf Club, which has hosted two NCAA Division I Cross Country championships.
Furman welcomes 14 men's and women's college teams and 25 boys' and 28 girls' high school teams to the event this year. Complete results will be available following the event at www.furmanpaladins.com, the official website for Furman University athletics.
The Paladin women's cross country team won last year's Furman Invitational with a score of 35 points, while the Paladin men's team finished second to Marshall. Furman junior Chloe Kowalski won the women's individual title last year with a time of 18:20 on the 5K course.