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Furman's Buchalski To Compete at NCAA Championships Friday & Saturday

Furman's Buchalski To Compete at NCAA Championships Friday & Saturday

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman senior Allie Buchalski will compete at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday in College Station, Texas. 

Buchalski, a native of Johns Creek, Ga., will compete in both the women's 3,000m and 5,000m.  The first female NCAA qualifier in the history of the Paladin indoor track and field program, she set the Furman record in both events earlier this season.

Buchalski's 3,000m time of 9:02.04, which she ran at the Camel City Invitational on Feb. 4, is the second-best time in the nation this year.  She ranks sixth nationally in the 5,000m after posting a time of 15:46.86 in the event at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 10. 

In 2015, Buchalski became the first All-American in the history of the Paladin cross country program after placing seventh with a time of 20:02.6 at the NCAA Championships.  Last spring, she also became the first All-American in Furman women's outdoor track and field history after recording a 14th-place finish with a time of 16:22.64 in the 5,000m at the NCAA Championships.

"We are very excited to see how Allie finishes," said Furman head coach Robert Gary.  "She is running as well as the handful of top women that are qualified in two different events at NCAAs, and we feel like her very best race is still ahead of her."

Just 16 athletes qualify for the 3,000m and the 5,000m events at the NCAA indoor championships.  The finals of the women's 5,000m will be held at 9 p.m. (ET) on Friday, March 10, and the women's 3,000m finals are scheduled for Saturday, March 11, at 7 p.m. (ET).

ESPN3 will stream the meet live on Friday starting at 6:25 p.m. (ET) and on Saturday beginning at 4:55 p.m. (ET). A re-air of the championship will take place on Sunday, March 12 starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information