GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Four Paladin distance runners will compete at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships beginning Wednesday in Eugene, Ore.
Sophomore Ryan Adams will lead off for the Paladins in the semifinals of the 1,500m on Wednesday at 7:46 p.m. Adams finished seventh last week in the quarterfinals of the 1,500m with a time of 3:47.32 to punch his ticket through to the semifinals. 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. Adams is looking to advance to the event finals, which will be held Friday at 8:42 p.m.
Junior Troy Reeder will run in the semifinals of the 3,000m Steeplechase on Wednesday at 8:02 p.m. Reeder, a native of Fishers, Ind., won his heat and placed eighth overall with a time of 8:44.48 last week at the East Preliminaries to advance to the semifinals in the event. He entered last week's meet 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. The finals of the 3,000m Steeplechase will be run at 8:54 p.m. on Friday.
To conclude Wednesday's action, junior Frank Lara will compete in the finals of the 10,000m at 10:08 p.m. Lara finished 11th in the semifinals last week at the East Preliminaries to punch his ticket to Eugene. 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 through to Wednesday's finals.
On Saturday, junior Allie Buchalski will represent the Paladins in the 5,000 finals at 5:25 p.m. Buchalski placed fourth with a time of 16:08.92 at the East Prelims to reach the championship. 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.
"There are very few distance programs in the country which are sending four athletes to the championships, and in our fifth year, we look forward to adding to that number consistently," said Furman head coach Robert Gary. "We would love to have all four earn All-American certificates."
The top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championships will be deemed first team All-Americans, with finishers nine through 16 earning second team All-American accolades. Honorable Mention All-American citations will be bestowed on athletes who finish in 17th through 24th place.
The first two days of the championships will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The final two days of action will be televised on ESPN with network coverage starting at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
NCAA Championships (All times noted are Eastern Standard Time)
7:46 PM Men's 1,500m Semifinal – Ryan Adams
8:02 PM Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Semifinal - Troy Reeder
10:08 PM Men's 10,000m Final – Frank Lara
8:42 PM Men's 1,500m Final
8:54 PM Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Final
8:25 PM Women's 5,000m Final – Allie Buchalski