GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman indoor track and field teams will compete at the 2018 Southern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships this Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 24-25) at the Corps Physical Training Facility in Lexington, Va. The meet marks the 83rd annual Indoor Track & Field Championship for the men and the 31st for the women.
Saturday's schedule will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the women's pentathlon and will be followed by the first four men's heptathlon events at 10:15 a.m. Events are scheduled through 5:55 p.m. on Saturday with action resuming on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. with the men's final three heptathlon events. The championship will conclude on Sunday afternoon with the awards ceremony slated for 3:40 p.m.
The event is free to the public. Live results, daily photos, and video highlights can be found on-line at www.soconsports.com. Daily recaps can be found on the Southern Conference website and at www.furmanpaladins.com.
Last season, Furman's Ryan Adams was honored with the 2017 Southern Conference Men's Indoor Track and Field Most Outstanding Performer award, while rookie Savannah Carnahan was named the league's women's co-freshman of the year following their performances at the championship meet. The Paladins took first place in the men's 800m, the men's mile, the women's 5,000m, and both the men's and women's distance medley relay in 2017.
Four Furman athletes are atop the SoCon leader board in the women's mile this season, including freshman Kristlin Gear, who set a new Paladin record last weekend with a time of 4:41.48. Gear is followed by Gabrielle Jennings, Emma Grace Hurley, and Riley Burr. The Paladin men hold the top four spots in the 3,000m, with Aaron Templeton pacing the league at 8:01.80. Frank Lara, Mason Coppi, and Daniel Bernal complete the top four. Furman's Savannah Carnahan holds the top time in the conference this season in the women's 3,000m at 9:07.30, and Hurley stands in second with a time of 9:22.82. Lara's time of 13:56.17 is the top time in the SoCon this season, while Carnahan also leads the league with a time of 16:14.49 in the 5,000m.
"Despite really trying to really focus our efforts on cross country and then outdoor season, we are very excited about this weekend's SoCon Indoor Championship," said Furman head coach Robert Gary. "We only attend a couple of meets to prepare, but we have many athletes in the program that we feel can score some very big points. Almost every year, we break the record for most points scored by each gender, as evidenced by the 97 for women last year and 92 for men two years ago. Our team goal is to do that again this indoor season, which could possibly place us in the top three."
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information