Transylvania adds eight new student-athletes to cross country squad

Class of 2022

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania cross country team will continue its ascent next month with the addition of eight new student-athletes for the upcoming 2018 season.

The incoming Transy class of 2022 is the first full recruiting class for second-year Transylvania cross country head coach Taylor Throckmorton, who took the reins of the program in July 2017. With a thin yet talented roster in Throckmorton's inaugural season in Lexington, the Pioneers made humble, progressive strides on the course.

Now, with a new influx of depth and talent, Transylvania is ready to make its mark once more upon the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference cross country circuit.

"I can't say enough about the crop of runners we have coming in this year," said Throckmorton. "This is a group of motivated athletes who will help create the culture that we are looking to build here at Transy. Our team this year will be almost entirely freshmen and sophomores which provides a unique opportunity to come together and grow as a unit over the next three years as we continue to add more individuals who can help develop our program.

I'm excited to see the development of these students both as athletes and people and can't wait to get the season started."

The Transylvania cross country team welcomes the following runners to its squad in the fall:


Chauncey Longman

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Hometown: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Longman placed 29th at the 2017 cross country state championships in Virginia, was a district champion in the 1600 m in track and field, and was a three-time All-Area athlete during his high school career.

Individual best in 5K: 16:54

On what makes him proud to be part of the Transy cross country program: "I am proud to be part of a growing team and I am ready to make history with the team."

Coach Throckmorton on Longman: "Chauncey is a very versatile runner, having competed at the Virginia State Championships in everything from the 4 x 800 m relay to the individual mile and two-mile races.  I believe he will respond well to the challenges of collegiate distances."


Daniel Peter

DAniel Peter running

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Peter was a 2014 Newcomer of the Year award winner for his team at Lafayette High School and competes in the 1600 m, the 800 m, and 5K events.

On what he'll bring to the team: "Dedication to improve."

Coach Throckmorton on Peter: "Daniel is someone who I think has a lot of potential. He raced very well his senior year in high school and dropped almost 20 seconds off his mile personal best time along with setting a lifetime best in the 5K during cross country season.  I think that was the tip of the iceberg and we will continue to see him dropping a lot of time as we evolve and advance his training."


Jacob Burnam

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Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Burnam was a four-year varsity letterwinner in cross country and track at Trinity High School. Placed 12th at the 2017 state championship and led his team to a second-place finish at state.

Personal Aspirations with Transy XCTF: "I feel that I will bring an optimistic attitude, a tireless work ethic, and a strong voice to this team. We're all out here working for a common goal so we might as well enjoy the ride and everything that comes with it. An end result is nothing without the journey, and I hope that this is something I can help hammer home these four years to turn the Transy XC/TF teams into something that everyone can take pride in and want to be a part of."

Coach Throckmorton on Burnam: "Jacob was one of the top runners in the state in high school and has amazing range as an athlete.  He was a state championship-level athlete in everything from the 400 m to the 5K, so I'm excited to work with him to achieve his goals and help him develop as an athlete and a person."


Bobby Payne

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Another multi-sport athlete to join the Transylvania cross country team, Payne joins high school teammate Daniel Peter as a key piece of the Pioneer nucleus.

Throckmorton on Payne: "I think Bobby has a lot of untapped potential. He dropped a lot of time his senior year of high school, cutting off almost 30 seconds from his personal best in the 5K, which is a testament to a well-designed high school training plan that will set him up to continue to develop in the sport."


Cassidy Kelien

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Kelien was a two-sport athlete at Anderson High School, competing in the 5K during cross country season and in the 4 x 800 m, 800 m, 1600 m, and 3200 m events for track. Kelien also played basketball for three years in high school.

Who is your favorite athlete? "My favorite athlete is Kerry Lee, my high school cross country and track coach. She ran in college at Miami University and has inspired me so much over the past four years and had a large part in molding me into the person I am today."

Coach Throckmorton on Kelien: "Cassidy had one of the most incredible senior seasons I have ever seen - dropping her 5K personal best by nearly three minutes. This ignited her passion for the sport which is something that is critical to finding success in running and will make her a great teammate to have around."


Hannah Compton

Hometown: Huntington, West Virginia

The sole recruit in the class of 2022 to hail from the Mountain State, Compton joins Throckmorton's squad as a pace-setter right off the start for the Pioneers. Compton cites the small classes and love for Lexington as a city as draws to Transy, and looks forward to working with a team as one of the key forces to joining the cross country program.

Coach Throckmorton on Compton: "Hannah is coming to us with an unconventional but undeniably exciting background. While she didn't compete for her high school in cross country or track and field, she has been competing in ultra-running competitions for a while now and has one of the highest aerobic thresholds I have ever seen from an athlete coming out of high school. I'm looking forward to helping her hone that strength into the shorter races of collegiate cross country and track."


Maddie Bell

Maddie Bell running

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Bell competed in the 5K for cross country, and in the one-mile and two-mile events in track during high school. Bell was a multi-sport athlete in high school who also competed in tennis. Bell was elected team captain in her senior year at Lafayette High School. While at Lafayette, Bell led a girls XC team which qualified for state for the first time in program history.

What makes you proud to be part of Transy cross country? "With Transy's relatively new running program, I am excited and proud to be part of the team's foundation and to grow as a team. I look forward to forming lasting meaningful relationships with the members of our team and to improve as a person and a runner"

Coach Throckmorton on Bell: "Maddie is new to the sport and showed a great deal of potential early in her running career. I'm looking forward to watching her develop and seeing what she is capable of doing."


Bailey Guess

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Guess comes to the Pioneers from a winning program at Male High School in Louisville, where she was part of a squad which advanced to the state championships and place among the top-5 in her senior season. Guess transfers to Transylvania from the University of Kentucky where she spent the 2017-18 year.

What drew you to Transy? "When I first met with Coach Throckmorton, he explained to me how tight-knit and encouraging his team was and I immediately knew I wanted to call that team mine as well. I am proud to do so and be a part of this family of athletes"

Coach Throckmorton on Guess: "The first day I met Bailey as a prospective student, we hit it off and I knew she would be a perfect fit for our program. She is a passionate runner who will be an asset to us both athletically and culturally."

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