High Point, N.C. – The Transylvania track and field team began the outdoor portion of its season on Friday and Saturday at the Bob Davidson Spring Kick-off event at Dick Vert Stadium.
Taking on a collection of fields deep in Division I competition, the Pioneers had some exciting moments as they weathered a collection of tests against some of their most challenging opposition of the 2017 season.
Coming off of a second-place finish in last weekend's NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, senior sprinter Jordin Fender recorded the ninth-fastest time against the field in the women's 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 14.68 seconds. Fender's time was the fastest of non-Division I entries.
Senior sprinter Cole Green had a speedy showing in the men's 100 meters, placing seventh against an all-Division I field with a 10.88 second time. Green competed in the men's 200 meters and finished seventh in 21.90 seconds.
Sophomore Malik Jackson turned in the best showing of any Division III school in the men's long jump event with a leap of 6.07 m. Fellow sophomore Nathan McCullough placed two spots behind Jackson with a 5.60 m jump. Those two flip-flopped in the men's triple jump finals on Saturday, as McCullough took seventh against the field with a 12.18 m jump. Jackson finished in ninth place with an 11.95 m jump.
The Pioneers enjoyed a stellar weekend in field events, as senior Taylor Sanders set a new school record in the women's hammer throw; Sanders completed a 41.09 m throw.
In men's field events, Saturday was a day to remember freshman Gunnar Eaton. He matched Sanders in setting a new school and personal record in the hammer throw, with a sling of 34.79 m. Eaton followed up with a new school record in the discus as well to finish off a strong day for the Pioneers.
Transylvania's next event is their signature spring event, the Transylvania Invitational. The event runs at Pat Deacon Stadium next Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, beginning on Friday evening at approximately 4:00 p.m.
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