GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman track and field teams will open the 2018 indoor season Friday and Saturday at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
"After great cross country seasons, we are very excited to start our indoor schedule," said Paladin head coach Robert Gary, who is in his sixth year at the helm of the Furman program. "We participate in indoors somewhat sparingly, but are focused toward the end of the season and outdoors, in particular. Vanderbilt has been a great launch point for track season the last couple of years."
The Paladins won five events at the 2017 SoCon Indoor Track & Field Championships, including both men's and women's distance medley relay events. Ryan Adams won the 800m title with a time of 1:53.02, and Troy Reeder took first place in the mile with a time of 4:14.06. Savannah Carnahan led a slate of five Paladins who finished among the top six in the women's 5,000m. Carnahan crossed the line in 14:61.82 for the win.
Furman swept the team titles last fall at the 2017 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships for the fifth-consecutive year, and the Paladin women went on to finish seventh at the NCAA Championships, while the Furman men tallied a 26th-place finish at the national meet.
Gary was honored as the Southern Conference Coach of the Year for both the men's and women's programs then was named the Southeast Region Men's Coach of the Year after leading the Paladin men to their first Southeast Region Championship.
Aaron Templeton was named the 2017 SoCon Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year, and Allie Buchalski captured the award on the women's side. Daniel Bernal garnered SoCon Freshman of the Year accolades, and Josh Brickell and Savannah Carnahan were the Pinnacle Award recipients. The Paladins placed 16 athletes on the All-Southern Conference team and three rookies on the SoCon All-Freshman Team at the meet.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information