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Furman To Compete At NCAA Regionals Friday

Furman Head Coach Robert Gary
Furman Head Coach Robert Gary

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman men's and women's cross country teams will compete at the NCAA Southeast Regional meet Friday at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.  The Paladins will square off against every Division I team from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky at the meet.  The women's 6K race will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the men's 10K race at noon.

"The entire program is very excited for the chance to once again advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Friday," said Paladin head coach Robert Gary.  "Both programs lost some wonderful seniors from last year, but everyone is proud of the fact that the culture of advancement to the biggest meet of the year remains."

The Paladin men, who clinched their sixth-consecutive Southern Conference title two weeks ago, are the reigning Southeast Region Champions and enter the meet ranked 20th nationally.  Furman's women, which finished second at last year's region meet, are ranked 16th nationally after capturing their sixth-straight SoCon title on Oct. 27.  Both teams enter the meet ranked second in the Southeast Region. 

Juniors Riley Burr, Savannah Carnahan, Emma Grace Hurley, Gabbi Jennings; sophomore  Krissy Gear, and freshmen Reilly Caldwell and Emma Kuntz will compete for the Paladin women on Friday, while senior Aaron Templeton; juniors Ryan Adams, Mason Coppi, and Jake Ogden; sophomores Daniel Bernal and Trenton Mandato; and freshman Cameron Ponder will complete the men's slate.

The top two teams at each of the country's nine regional meets will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, which will be held November 17 in Madison, Wis.  Thirteen at-large bids will be given to teams following this weekend's regional competition.

After the competing teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals per gender will be selected to compete at the NCAA Championships.  From those teams not selected in the above process, the top four finishers at each regional are automatically selected, but must have finished within the top 25 of the region.  Two additional athletes will be selected from the remainder of the national pool (and must have finished in the regional top 25) as at-large individuals.

Live results from Friday's races will be available at http://flashresults.com/2019_Meets/xc/NCAASE/.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information