TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- Furman senior Allie Buchalski finished fourth with a time of 19:37 in the women's open 6K at the 2016 USATF Club Cross Country Championships Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla. By placing among the top six finishers at the race, Buchalski, who bested the reigning NCAA Champion on Saturday, will represent Team USA as a member of the senior national cross country team at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge, to be held January 7 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The race will feature teams from Britain, Europe and the USA.
A native of Johns Creek, Ga., Buchalski, who competed as a member of the junior national cross country team in 2014, finished 14th in the 5,000m finals of the 5,000m at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, earning second team All-American honors and becoming the first All-American in the history of the Paladin women's track and field program. Buchalski reached the finals after setting a new Paladin record with a time of 16:08.10 at the East Preliminaries. She entered the prelims ranked 19th among athletes in the East then bested her own previous school record of 16:11.71 to win her heat and notch the fastest qualifying time in the event.
The 2015 & 2016 SoCon Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year, Buchalski became the first All-American in the history of the Paladin cross country program after placing seventh at the 2015 NCAA Championships. Buchalski was chosen the SoCon Women's Indoor Track Most Outstanding Athlete after recording victories in the mile, 3,000m, and 5,000m then won the 5,000m title and finished second in the 1,500m at the SoCon Outdoor Championships. She holds the Paladin record of 10:13.10 in the 3,000m Steeplechase, an event in which she competed at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Paladin senior Troy Reeder, who also earned All-American accolades after finishing seventh in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, placed 34th with a time of 30:18 in the men's open 10K race on Saturday, while junior Aaron Templeton turned in a time of 31:02 to finish 72nd.
"Today's meet was a great event for several of our redshirts," said Furman head coach Robert Gary. "Troy and Aaron had a chance for some more experience running a 10K race and running tough. Allie really had a wonderful run and earns her first Team USA Senior vest. She qualifies for her the same BUPA team she did as a junior athlete two years ago. Allie has risen to every challenge we have asked of her since arriving on campus. She continues to exemplify everything Furman Athletics aspires to."
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information