Field athletes lead Pioneers at Hanover Invite event

Field athletes lead Pioneers at Hanover Invite event

Hanover, Ind. – The Transylvania track and field team continued its outdoor season excursion by traveling to Hanover College Saturday to participate in the Hanover Invitational.

Many of the Pioneers' peak performances came from the field quadrant where they were led by freshman Gunnar Eaton. Already a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week this season, Eaton took sixth place in the men's javelin with a throw of 43.72 meters. Eaton's heave was a new PR for the freshman.

On the women's side, senior Taylor Sanders led the Pioneers, placing in the top-5 in the women's shot put. Sanders had a daily best of 11.45 meters to finish in the top-5, posting the best showing of any Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference athlete in the event.

Sanders also had the best throw of any Pioneer in the women's hammer event, throwing the hammer 37.53 meters. Freshman Rian Boelter led the way in the women's javelin throw, finishing in the top-15 with a 26.05 meter throw. Freshman Kailey Price had the best showing of any Pioneer in the high jump with a 1.39 meter leap. On the men's side, sophomore Nathan McCullough had a top-6 finish with a 12.31 jump in the triple jump.

Sophomore Olivia Kee was the top performer in the women's 400-meter hurdles event, placing in the top-5 with a 1:09.25 second showing.

Junior Elizabeth Deaton had arguably the best run of the day for the squad, placing sixth in the women's 5000 meter race. Deaton had the best time of any participating HCAC athlete. Deaton finished in 19:22.12 seconds, a new PR for the junior. Her time was just one second off of the school record.

The Pioneers' next competition will take place on Saturday, April 8 in Williamsburg, Kentucky on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands.

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