Pioneers wrap up indoor season with strong showing at HCAC Championship

Olivia Kee places third in the women's 60 meter hurdles at the HCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship
Olivia Kee places third in the women's 60 meter hurdles at the HCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship

Anderson, Ind. – The Transylvania track and field team completed the indoor portion of its schedule as the team competed in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship hosted by Anderson University at the Kardatzke Wellness Center on Saturday.

The Pioneers finished the day in 9th place in both the men's and women's team competition. However, Transylvania head coach Taylor Throckmorton saw continued individual improvements throughout his team.

"Today was an incredible meet for us," said Throckmorton. "I am so happy and proud of how the team competed.  The upperclassmen that we needed to show up performed incredibly well under pressure."

In the women's competition, Transylvania's day was highlighted by junior Olivia Kee, who placed 3rd in the women's 60 meter hurdles event with a time of 9.69 seconds.

Another highlight was senior Savannah Hemmer, who placed 4th in the women's 200 meter dash with a time of 27.35 seconds.

"Kee's All-Conference finish in the hurdles really set the tone for the meet," remarked Throckmorton. "Hemmer came into the day seeded 11th in the 200 and ended up finishing 4th. That type of improvement is rare and really shows how well the athletes prepared, both mentally and physically, to compete."

In the men's competition, Transylvania junior Nathan McCullough placed 3rd in the men's triple jump event with a mark of 12.75 meters. "McCullough jumped a season-best by 10 inches to lock up all-conference honors in the triple jump which was big team points that we needed," said Throckmorton.  "That type of clutch performance makes coaches incredibly proud."

"Even beyond these performances, there were so many personal records and instances of overcoming adversity that made this meet really fun to beat," remarked Throckmorton.  "I'm eager to see how our team continues to improve during outdoors season."

Up next, The Pioneers will kick off the outdoor portion of their season with a trip to Coastal Carolina on March 16 and 17.

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