Lexington, Ky. – Two recent Transylvania athletic legends, Jordin Fender (Class of 2017) and Justin Tereshko (Class of 2012) were chosen to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's All-Decade Team, the conference announced Friday.
As part of its celebration of the conference's 20th anniversary, the HCAC revealed its second All-Decade Team, featuring a standout male and female athlete from each of its 10 institutions.
Fender, a female athlete in the sports of track and field and women's basketball, was selected to represent Transylvania on the All-Decade Team, while Tereshko, a four-year member of the Pioneers men's golf team from 2008 to 2012, was the Transylvania male athlete picked for the All-Decade team.
Fender and Tereshko serve as Transylvania's individual standards for excellence in the conference's second decade, following in the footsteps of Transylvania's Erin Hunter and Ethan Busald, members of the conference's inaugural All-Decade Team who were recently featured in a "Where are they Now" series by the conference.
Jordin Fender – Track and Field (2015-2017), Women's Basketball (2013-2015)
Over the first decade of Transylvania track and field history, Jordin Fender is the greatest athlete to pass through the program, establishing a standard of excellence and the first chapter of history on a national stage in the program's evolution.
A three-time All-American in women's track and field, Fender etched her name into Transylvania's record books as the first ever All-American in track and field for either men's or women's track. During her time as a track and field athlete at Transy, Fender won 19 HCAC championships in individual events.
-2017 HCAC Outdoor Championships: 100m, 200m, 100 m hurdles, 4 x 100 m relay
-2017 HCAC Indoor Championships: 60 m, 200 m, 60 m hurdles
-2016 HCAC Outdoor Championships: 100 m, 200 m, 100 m hurdles, 4 x 100 m relay
-2016 HCAC Indoor Championships: 60 m, 200 m, 60 m hurdles, 4 x 200 m relay
-2015 HCAC Outdoor Championships: 100 m, 200 m, 100 m hurdles, 4 x 100 m relay
Fender's career crested at the 2016 and 2017 NCAA National Championships. As a junior, Fender qualified for the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100 m hurdles and took fourth place in the finals to achieve All-American status for the first time ever.
In her senior season of 2017, Fender achieved her first qualification for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, where she finished second in the women's 60-meter hurdle finals for her second All-American status, recording a new PR of 8.66 seconds in the process.
Fender completed her career as the HCAC Women's Athlete of the Year in 2017. A landmark season saw Fender earn her third and final All-American accolade by repeating as a qualifier at the national championships in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Fender improved upon her fourth-place finish from the year before to finish as the national runner-up in the women's 100-meter hurdle final with a PR of 14.05 seconds, her final race as a collegian. In both All-American races in 2017, Fender set PRs in each race.
Prior to shifting her focus upon track and field full-time, Fender was a multi-sport athlete and began her career at Transylvania as a starting point guard with the women's basketball team.
As a member of the Pioneer women's basketball team, Fender earned All-HCAC First Team honors as a sophomore in the 2014-2015 season, ranking third on the Pioneers in points, averaging 11.4 points per game, averaging 4.3 rebounds per game, and leading the team in assists with 3.9 per game. During that season the Pioneers went 28-3.
She was the starting point guard on the most recent Transylvania women's basketball team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
Following the 2015 women's basketball season, Fender had a significant season in outdoor track and field. At the 2015 HCAC Outdoor Championships, Fender was an HCAC champion in four events (100 m, 200 m, 100 meter hurdles, 4x100 m relay). At the time, Fender set school records in all four races.
After a string of concussions brought about the end of her basketball career, Fender moved over to the track and field circuit exclusively for her junior season in 2016. Fender continued her dominance from the 2015 track season, winning 15 individual HCAC titles over her final two seasons. Between women's basketball and track and field, Fender qualified for five unique NCAA championship appearances.
Justin Tereshko – Men's Golf (2008-2012)
A four-year letterman in men's golf at Transylvania, Tereshko assembled perhaps the most decorated career in the history of Transylvania men's golf.
Competing for the Pioneers from 2008 through the spring of 2012, Tereshko led Transylvania to its best finish for any Pioneer varsity team in a team national championship. With Tereshko leading the way, the Pioneers finished as the national runner-up at the 2012 NCAA Division III men's golf national championships, marking the first of two back-to-back national runner-up finishes.
Tereshko was a three-time All-HCAC selection, earning All-HCAC honors in 2010, 2011, and 2012. In his senior season of 2012, Tereshko was named the HCAC MVP for men's golf. He was also a two-time PING All-American in 2011 and 2012 and was a three-time PING All-Great Lakes Region winner. Additionally, Tereshko was twice named the PING All-Great Lakes Region Player of the year.
Tereshko was a critical component of the ongoing Transylvania men's golf HCAC legacy, leading the Pioneers to their fourth, fifth, and sixth conference championships, a string that continues today at 12 straight.
At his final HCAC championship in 2012, Tereshko compiled a wire-to-wire win, shooting a two-under-par 70 in the fourth round to finish seven-under-par at 279 and was the only golfer that year in the field to finish under par.
In the 2012 national championships, Tereshko had a hole-in-one in the first round and finished in 17th place on the individual leaderboard with a four-round score of 298 to vault the Pioneers into a second-place finish at the national championships. For his efforts, Tereshko was named the Pioneer Male Athlete of the Year in 2012.
Over his four year career, Tereshko compiled a career average score of 74.65 strokes, the lowest career round-by-round average in Transylvania men's golf program history. His career-low round was a 67 and he had nine first-place finishes as a college athlete.