GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman track and field teams will open the 2017 indoor season Friday and Saturday at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
"Our whole program is excited to kick off the start of our indoor season," said Paladin head coach Robert Gary, who is in his fifth year at the helm of the Furman program. "We really try to focus toward the outdoor season after cross country, but are excited to see how winter training has prepared us. We will only be competing in a couple of meets before the SoCon indoor championships, where we have as a goal to finish inside the top three and try to surpass our program's highest point total."
Senior Allie Buchalski, the 2016 Southern Conference Indoor Track & Field Women's Most Outstanding Athlete, returns to lead the Paladins after winning the mile, the 3,000m, and the 5,000m at last year's league championship meet. Senior Laura Miller and junior Jacquelyn Crow also earned All-SoCon accolades last season, along with the Furman DMR team of junior Becca Cooley, senior Ann Sisson, junior Shannon Smith, and Crow.
Furman swept the team titles last fall at the 2016 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships for the fourth-consecutive year. Gary was honored as the Southern Conference Coach of the Year for both the men's and women's programs, while junior Frank Lara was named the 2016 Southern Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year. Ryan Adams and Savannah Carnahan were chosen the men's and women's freshman of the year, respectively, and seniors Josh Brickell and Julia Rodriguez were the inaugural Pinnacle Award recipients. The Paladins placed 15 athletes on the All-Southern Conference team and ten rookies on the SoCon All-Freshman Team at the meet.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information