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Reeder Punches Ticket To NCAA Championships In 3,000m Steeplechase

Troy Reeder
Troy Reeder

GREENVILLE, S.C. --  Junior Troy Reeder won his heat and placed eighth overall Friday in the quarterfinals of the men's 3,000m Steeplechase to qualify automatically for the NCAA Championship in the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships East Preliminaries, which are being hosted by the University of Kentucky, in Louisville, Ky. 

Reeder, a native of Fishers, Ind., recorded a time of 8:44.48 to take first in his heat and advance to the semifinals, which will be held June 7 in Eugene, Ore.  He entered the event with the top time in the East, 8:40.57, which he posted at the Stanford Invitational in March to qualify.  Reeder holds the Furman record of 8:36.51 in the event.  

Freshman Gabrielle Jennings, a native of Sidell, La., finished sixth in her heat and 18th overall with a time of 10:15.12 in the women's 3,000m Steeplechase, knocking 10 seconds off her personal best.  Jennings, who posted a time of 10:25.02 in the event at the Raleigh Relays to qualify, entered the event ranked 41st in the East but moved up 23 spots in the preliminaries.

The meet will conclude on Saturday, with Furman competing in the women's and men's 5,000m and the men's 1,500m.  

The women's 5,000m semifinal will begin at 8:05 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the men's race at 8:45 p.m.  On the women's side, junior Allie Buchalski and freshman Savannah Carnahan will represent the Paladins.  Buchalski, who hails from Johns Creek, Ga., leads the East with a time of 15:35.55 in the 5,000m, a new Paladin record which she set in March at the Raleigh Relays.  Carnahan, a native of Cumming, Ga., ranks 43rd in the East with a time of 16:21.18, which she posted at the Virginia Challenge in April. 

A native of Dana Point, Calif., freshman Mason Coppi notched a time of 14:10.60 in the 5,000m at the Virginia Challenge to qualify for the prelims. 

Sophomore Ryan Adams placed tenth on Thursday in the first round of the men's 1,500m to advance to Saturday's quarterfinals.  Adams, who hails from Hudson, Ohio, finished second in his heat of the 1,500m with a time of 3:50.37 to qualify automatically for the quarterfinal round, which is slated for 6:45 p.m. on Saturday.  He entered the event ranked 15th in the East with a top time of 3:42.90 this season.  The Paladin record holder with a time of 3:42.25, he notched his qualifying time at the Raleigh Relays in March.  

Also on Thursday, junior Frank Lara finished 11th in the semifinals of the 10,000m to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships.  Lara, who hails from Houston, Texas, ran at the front of the pack throughout the 10,000m, posting a time of 30:04.28 to advance to the finals, which will be held June 7.  Junior Josh Brickell finished 16th, just four spots shy of the cut, with a time of 30:24.20, while junior Tanner Hinkle, who holds the Paladin record of 29:15.99 in the event, crossed the line in 30:42.99 to take 23rd place.

The top 12 finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Eugene, Ore., June 7-10.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information