Transylvania track and field embarks upon first HCAC outdoor championships of Throckmorton era

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Lexington, Ky. – With the regular season behind them, the Transylvania Track & Field team now turns their attention to this weekend's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The meet gets underway Friday, April 27, at 3:00 p.m. with race prelims and field events, and continues on Saturday morning, April 28, at 9:00 a.m., beginning with the javelin finals.  

The young Pioneers have enjoyed a successful season of new personal records under first-year head coach Taylor Throckmorton and will look to continue that success over the coming weekend.

"We're all really eager to compete at the conference championships this weekend," said Throckmorton.  "We've put in some really great work this season and everyone is excited to finally see all that work culminate in strong performances."

Transylvania anticipates a steady performance from junior Graham Smith in the men's javelin throw, an event that he has won each time he has competed this season. 

Fellow junior Olivia Kee will also aspire to build upon a strong season which includes a pair of top-three finishes in the women's 400-meter hurdles event.

"We definitely will be looking to a lot of our upperclassmen to perform well," remarked Throckmorton. "People like Olivia in the hurdles, and Graham in the javelin should have strong chances of earning all-conference accolades and we expect our upperclassmen leaders to rise to the occasion. They have been consistent in their training throughout the season, and as a result are in positions to perform well on the championship stage. They have every right to be confident going into this weekend."

Other Pioneers to watch throughout the weekend include sophomore throwers Gunnar Eaton and Kailey Price, as well as sophomore pole vaulter Branden Brookfield.

"I think overall, our athletes have pieced together very fine seasons of consistent and purposeful training that have landed many of them in positions now at the end of the season to set lifetime bests and score points," remarked Throckmorton. "We're excited to show up and test ourselves and see what we're capable of. I think a lot of people will surprise even themselves with what they can do."

Admission to the HCAC Outdoor Championships is $8 for adults. Students, faculty, and staff of HCAC-affiliated schools can attend for free with an HCAC-school ID. Children three and under are also admitted for free.

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