GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The 24th-ranked Furman men's cross country team placed sixth at the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis., and fifth at the Wake Forest Invitational in Kernersville, N.C., on Friday.
The Paladins scored 310 points for sixth place in the championship race of the Wisconsin Invitational, which featured 17 ranked teams, including seven top-11 teams. Syracuse won the meet with 101 points, followed by BYU with 186 points, and Michigan with 218 points.
Junior Tanner Hinkle paced the Paladins on the 8K course, finishing 35th with a time of 24:04.6, followed by junior Troy Reeder in 36th place at 24:04.9. Sophomore Frank Lara crossed the line in 24:14.7 for 57th place, while fellow sophomore Aaron Templeton was 70th with a time of 24:17.3. Sophomore Josh Brickell completed the Paladin slate of scorers, taking 112th place at 24:30.7. Sophomore Austin Sprague placed 136th with a time of 24:38.5, and sophomore Mark Hadley posted a time of 24:50.4 for 163rd place.
"I am very proud of our team," said Furman head coach Robert Gary at the conclusion of the Wisconsin Invitational. "We really showed up at the biggest meet in the country. We will now start championship season where defending our SoCon title and returning to the NCAA Championships are the focus."
Furman scored 135 points to take fifth place at Wake Forest. Junior Lee Shearer led the team with a tenth-place finish after posting a time of 25:19.62 on the 8K course, while junior Kyle Polman was 12th after crossing the line in 25:20.89. Sophomore Matt Lange finished 20th with a time of 25:30.74, and sophomore Quintin McKinnish placed 69th with a time of 26:34.38. Senior Jack Miller notched a time of 26:46.50 for 80th place, and sophomore Hayden Cox turned in a time of 28:24.30 for 133rd place.
The Paladin women's team will run at the Pre-NCAA Invitational in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman Individual Results
35th Tanner Hinkle JR 24:04.6
36th Troy Reeder JR 24:04.9
57th Frank Lara SO 24:14.7
70th Aaron Templeton SO 24:17.3
112th Josh Brickell SO 24:30.7
136th Austin Sprague SO 24:38.5
163rd Mark Hadley SO 24:50.4
Wake Forest Invitational
10th Lee Shearer JR 25:19.62
12th Kyle Polman JR 25:20.89
20th Matt Lange SO 25:30.74
69th Quintin McKinnish SO 26:34.38
80th Jack Miller SR 26:46.50
133rd Hayden Cox SO 28:24.30