Gabbi Jennings ’20

Gabbi Jennings ’20 and Ryan Adams ’20 are starting their careers in professional running. Jennings, who was voted the 2020-21 Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year, signed a contract with Team Boss and inked a sponsorship deal with Adidas, while Adams signed with Atlanta Track Club Elite.

“Gabbi and Ryan are perfect examples of what our program wants to achieve,” says Furman cross-country and track and field head coach Robert Gary.

“Both were excellent students who developed athletically season by season, year after year, to national class runners. Both have been well-equipped with a Furman degree coupled with The Furman Advantage –internships and study abroad opportunities –that set them up to focus their immediate energies on being professional runners.”

Jennings, from Slidell, Louisiana, is the 10th Paladin to earn the SoCon Female Athlete of the Year award and the second Furman women’s cross-country and track athlete to be honored, joining Heather VandeBrake ’96.

Adams, of Hudson, Ohio, was named a SoCon Runner of the Year in 2020 and was an All-American for cross-country, indoor track (the mile and 3,000m), and outdoor track (1,500m).



Playing sports during the “wrong” season was just the beginning of an unprecedented year.

Furman’s Julia Adams ’22 and Katarina Kozarov ’21 defeated 11th-ranked Ally Bojczuk and Julia Lilien of Notre Dame, 7-6(6), 6-3.