Way out in Seattle, Wash., Furman runners posted personal bests in weekend indoor track and field meets in Seattle, Wash., and Lynchburg, Va. recorded nine top-25 finishes.
Junior Carson Williams led the Paladins at the Husky Classic, finishing 4th in the 5,000 meters at 13:42.39. Junior Dylan Schubert finished 6th in the event (13:45.30), and senior David Ahlmeyer posted a 13:56.73 for 17th place. Senior Adam Beucler was 24th at 14:00.12.
On the women’s side, junior Abigail Robertson was 17th in the 3,000m with a time of 9:15.63, and freshman Jenna Mulhern finished 16th in the 5,000m with a time of 16:11.14. Sophomore Sierra Bower turned in 16:22.47 for 25th in the event.
At Liberty, senior Jonah Dill was 11th in the 60m hurdles (8.58) and 13th in the 300m (36.38), sophomore Nick Goldstein finished 16th in the 5,000m (14:58.75), and senior Evin McEntee recorded a mark of 12.25 (40-02.25) for 20th in the triple jump. Senior Adrian Gonzalez finished 23rd in the 60m with a time of 7.54.
For the women, freshman Clair Garrett turned in a time of 3:02.81 for 12th place in the 1,000m, and senior Nicole Matysik placed 17th in the 3,000m at 9:54.71. Senior Caroline Nguyen finished 18th with a time of 44.68 in the 300m, and freshman Carly Wilkes was 21st in the mile at 4:59.78.
Furman competes at the Southern Conference Championships Feb. 25-26 in Lexington, Va.
Men’s tennis team held off Jacksonville State, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at Mickel Tennis Center.
Furman improves to 3-4 on the season while Jacksonville State drops to 4-3 overall.
The Paladins struck 1st in doubles play with wins at Nos. 1 and 2 to secure the point. and take a 1-0 lead. Furman fell behind early at No. 3 but rallied back to win the tiebreaker at both Nos. 1 and 2.
The Paladins came out to start singles competition by winning at Nos. 1 and 3 to extend their lead out to 3-0. Kennedy defeated Vicente Arbelaez at No. 3 in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. Barton followed with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph at No. 1 against Cuellar.
The Gamecocks responded by capturing the Nos. 2, 4, and 5 matches to tie the score at 3-3.
Playing at No. 6, Burnam dropped the 1st set to Alejandro Beneyto Sanchez 6-4. The sophomore from Dallas, Texas, responded by winning the second 6-0 and third 6-2 for his team high 4th singles win, giving Furman the victory.
Furman continues its 4-match homestand next weekend, Feb. 18-19, hosting UAB and Tennessee Tech.
Wake Forest defeated Furman, 5-2, Saturday in women’s tennis in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Paladin sophomores Jess Dawson and Sara Snyder defeated 10th-ranked Anna Brylin and Brooke Killingsworth, 7-5, at flight one doubles, and the Demon Deacons’ Mia Ahmad and Casie Wooten captured flight two, 6-3, to force a decisive number three contest. The match went to a tiebreaker, with Wake Forest’s Nevena Carton and Whitley Pate clinching the point, 7-6 (3), over senior Madison Dillon and freshman Luca Victoria Vocke.
Wake Forest (4-3) won in straight sets at flights one and two, but the bottom four matches all went to a third set. At flight one, 29th-ranked Wooten defeated Schulson, 6-2, 6-2, and at number two, Brylin beat Dawson, 6-2, 6-0.
The Paladins (1-6, 1-0 SoCon) picked up victories at flights four and five. Snyder held off Carton 6-1, 3-6, 7-5, at number four, and Dillon recorded a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 advantage over Pate at number five.
Furman is idle until Friday, when the Paladins entertain Florida Atlantic at 3 p.m.
Jacksonville scored 3 runs in the 1st inning and added 2 in the 3rd on its way to a 5-3 victory over Furman in the final game of the day on Friday at the River City Leadoff in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Dolphins improve to 2-0. Furman, 3-2 winners against Georgetown in the season opener earlier in the day, dropped to 1-1.
Ashlee Lykins reached base three times, including a pair of singles, to pace the Paladin offense.
The rest of the tournament was canceled due to rain.
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