STANFORD, CALIF. -- Sophomore Tanner Hinkle and senior Sinead Haughey set new Furman records 10,000m and sophomore Allie Buchalski topped the former Paladin standard in the 3,000m Steeplechase Friday at the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.
Haughey, who hails from Central, S.C., crossed the line in 33:53.34, breaking the former record of 34:32.57, which she set last year. Haughey's time placed her sixth in her heat and 34th overall. Hinkle, a native of Mason, Mich., broke his former record of 29:38.11, also set last year, after recording a time of 29:16.77 to take 18th place in his heat and 50th overall.
"Both Sinead and Tanner ran really tough races," said Furman assistant coach Rita Gary following the meet. "They bettered their Furman school records and made solid progress in just the second meet of the season. The most important thing for today, though, is that we walked away from the meet with four more NCAA regional qualifying performances and a real understanding of what needs to happen between now and the regional meet to prepare for that opportunity.
"These kids are running at a national level, and we're so excited to help them achieve their season goals," continued Gary. "This is what our staff came to Furman to do -- have our school represented and competing against the best in the nation and to have our athletes learn the life lessons that go into the preparation and execution of such a lofty goal."
Buchalski, a native of Johns Creek, Ga., posted a time of 10:13.10 to place ninth in the event at the meet, one of the premier track and field events in the country this weekend. Buchalski's time was five seconds better than the previous 10:18.61, also set by Buchalski last weekend.
"I am pleased to see Allie continuing to improve in an event that she is still so new at," said Gary. "She won't race another Steeplechase for five weeks, so she has some time to really work on her technique and get fitness in place. Coach (Robert) Gary and she will no doubt make improvements during that time."
Senior Tripp Hurt also competed in the 3,000m Steeplechase Friday, placing ninth in his heat and 23rd overall after turning in a time of 8:56.48.
The Paladins will compete at the Terrier Relays in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information