The 19th-ranked Furman men’s cross country team won the Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational on Friday at the Burke Golf Course at the Indiana university.
The 29th-ranked women took 10th place in a loaded field.
The Paladin men tallied 129 points for the victory, while 25th-ranked Michigan was 2nd with 150 points. Tenth-ranked Butler claimed 3rd with 177 points.
Senior Daniel Bernal led a contingency of four men in the top 28 on the 5-mile course. Bernal crossed the line in 23:45.4 to finish 12th, while sophomore Dylan Schubert claimed 17th place at 23:57.4. Senior Cameron Ponder turned in a time of 24:05.3 to finish 27th, followed by senior Aaron Wier in 28th at 24:05.9. Sophomore Carson Williams completed the Paladin scorers in 45th place with a time of 24:27.8.
On the women’s side, top-ranked N.C. State took the title with 38 points, followed by No. 3 New Mexico in 2nd with 94 points and No. 6 Alabama in third at 147. The Paladins scored 314 points to finish ahead of, among others, No. 21 Illinois, 19th-ranked Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Virginia.
“We are obviously thrilled by today’s outcome, and our youth really shows with great culture and stubborn competitiveness,” said Furman head coach Robert Gary. “We all know how far away championship season remains, but training has gone wonderfully, and the entirety of the program is committed towards being our fittest and most focused at the end of the season.”
Sophomore Bethany Graham led the women for the 3rd meet in a row, placing 17th with a time of 16:41.2. Freshman Kaylie Armitage finished 55th at 17:06.7, and sophomore Jonna Strange turned in a time of 17:16.2 for 70th. Junior Nicole Matysik was 84th with a time of 17:21.0, followed closely by sophomore Megan Marvin in 89th place at 17:22.9.
Furman will compete at the Queens Royal Challenge in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 8.
The end of September brought with it honors to Furman athletes from the Southern Conference.
Furman’s Anna Morgan was named the September Southern Conference Women’s Golfer of the Month, having earlier won Golfer of the Week
Morgan, a junior from Spartanburg, claimed the 1st individual medalist honors of her career at the Lady Paladin Invitational last weekend with a 13-under-par-203, setting the tournament’s 54-hole record. She scored a hole-in-1 in the opening round on No. 16 and helped lead the Paladins to the team title and a 54-hole tournament record of 23-under-par 841.
Furman’s Daniel Bernal and Bethany Graham were chosen September Male and Female Runners of the Month.
Bernal, a senior from El Paso, Texas, was named after leading Furman with an 8th-place finish at the Florida State XC Open on Sept. 17 with an 8K time of 24:02.2. He helped the Paladins to a runner-up finish in the 26-team field, ahead of host and de facto No. 33 Florida State and 25th-ranked Southern Utah. Bernal went on to record an 8th-place finish at the Furman Invitational on Sept. 11, turning in a 5K time of 14:21.65.
A sophomore from Aldi, Va., Graham posted a 5K time of 16:41.88 to win her 1st college cross country race and lead her teammates to a 1-8 sweep at the Furman Invitational. Graham turned in a personal-best 6K time of 20:56.4 to place 7th at the Florida State XC Open and help Furman to a 3rd-place team finish, ahead of 3rd-ranked Stanford. She has led Furman to a No. 29 ranking.
Isabella Gutierrez of women’s soccer has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award, it was recently announced.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior or graduate student and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition.
Gutierrez, a senior from Statesboro, Ga., is the reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year and was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list prior to the season. She has started in 6 games this season for the Paladins and has 5 points on 1 goal and 3 assists.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.