GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman senior Tripp Hurt will compete in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this week at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., while freshman Jacquelyn Crow will participate in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Junior Championships. The Junior Championships, which showcase the nation's top athletes aged 19 and under, will be held in conjunction with the USA Championships.
Hurt, a native of Bogart, Ga., qualified in the 3,000m Steeplechase after breaking his own school record and advancing to the NCAA semifinal race with a time of 8:41.63 at the NCAA East Preliminary meet. He will compete Friday at 6:10 p.m. PST in the semifinals, with the top runners advancing to Sunday's finals.
The 2015 Furman Male Athlete of the Year, Hurt was named the SoCon Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year after winning the individual title and leading the Paladins to their second-straight conference team championship. He was also named the SoCon Men's Indoor Track Most Outstanding Athlete and Most Outstanding Performer after winning the league title in both the 3,000m and 5,000m in February. The first Furman men's runner to earn All-SoCon honors four-consecutive years for cross country, Hurt helped the Paladins to a second-place finish at the NCAA regional cross country meet, where he led the team with an eighth place finish to earn all-region honors.
Crow will compete in the women's junior 1,500m finals on Saturday afternoon. A native of Lebanon, Ohio, Crow posted a time of 4:25.32 in the event at the Oregon Twilight meet on May 8 to qualify for the junior championships.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information