COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS -- Senior Allie Buchalski claimed first team All-American honors in the 3,000m Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas.
The first female NCAA qualifier in the history of the Paladin indoor track and field program, Buchalski, a native of Johns Creek, Ga., placed seventh in the event with a time of 9:13.39. Her school record 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.
On Friday Buchalski earned a first team All-American citation and set a new Paladin record in the 5,000m at the championships. She posted a time of 15:41.69 to place fourth in the event. Buchalski entered the 5,000m race ranked fifth nationally after posting a time of 15:46.86, the previous Paladin record, in the event at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 10.
Buchalski totalled seven points in the two events at the meet, giving the Paladins a 33rd-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
"Allie ran for the win in a very tactical race, and we are so proud of her effort," said Furman assistant coach Rita Gary at the conclusion of the meet. "To go from 14th at last year's outdoor championships, to now fourth and seventh in the 5,000 and 3,000m, respectively, is a cornerstone of our program -- continual progression. There is no doubt that Allie will figure out how to improve on this weekend like she has improved on every race during her time at Furman."
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.
Just 16 athletes qualified for the 3,000m and the 5,000m events at the NCAA indoor championships. 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