GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sophomore Ryan Adams and junior Allie Buchalski qualified for the NCAA Championships Saturday in the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships East Preliminaries, which were hosted by the University of Kentucky, in Louisville, Ky.
Adams finished seventh in the quarterfinals of the 1,500m with a time of 3:47.32 to punch his ticket through to the semifinals, which will be held June 7 in Eugene, Ore. On Thursday, he placed tenth with a time of 3:50.37 in the first round of the event to advance to the quarterfinals. Adams, who hails from Hudson, Ohio, 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.
Buchalski placed fourth with a time of 16:08.92 in the 5,000m to reach the finals, which are scheduled for June 10 in Eugene. Buchalski, who hails from Johns Creek, Ga., entered the race with the top time in the East, 15:35.55, a new Paladin record which she set in March at the Raleigh Relays. Freshman Savannah Carnahan, a native of Cumming, Ga., entered the race ranked 43rd with a time of 16:21.18, but moved up to finish 20th in the event with a time of 16:46.68 on Saturday.
In the men's 5,000m, freshman Mason Coppi, who hails from Dana Point, Calif., finished 22nd with a time of 14:32.62. Coppi notched a time of 14:10.60 in the 5,000m at the Virginia Challenge to qualify for the prelims, and moved up over 40 spots at the prelims.
Previously at the preliminaries, junior Troy Reeder won his heat and placed eighth overall Friday to advance in the men's 3,000m Steeplechase. Reeder, a native of Fishers, Ind., recorded a time of 8:44.48 to take first in his heat and reach the semifinals, which will be held June 7. 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.
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.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information