Defiance, Ohio – The Transylvania indoor track and field team claimed two championships, two runner-up finishes, three third-place finishes, and six new school records at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Defiance College on Saturday night.
"I can't say enough good things about how well our group competed today," remarked Transylvania head coach Taylor Throckmorton. "It seemed like I was watching a school record get broken or someone earn All-Conference honors in every event."
Transylvania's first title of the day came via freshman Taylor Allen who captured the women's 400-meter dash crown with a time 1:00.33, a new Transylvania school record.
The Pioneers dominated the men's triple jump event as freshman Jordan Upton claimed the championship with a jump of 13.26 meters. Transylvania senior Malik Jackson finished in second place with a jump of 13.06 meters, followed by fellow senior Nathan McCullough in fourth place, giving Transylvania a total of 23 points in the event.
"I was so impressed by how our two freshmen champions, Taylor and Jordan performed today," said Throckmorton. "They both showed up to their first championship meet and competed with amazing poise and confidence."
Junior Rian Boelter turned in a tremendous day of competition on Saturday. The junior participated in a gauntlet of events, finishing sixth in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.80, fourth in the women's long jump with a final jump of 4.98 meters, and third in the women's high jump with a mark of 1.55 meters, a new Transylvania school record.
Boelter's strongest performance of the day came in the women's triple jump event in which she finished in second place with a jump of 11.01 meters, smashing the previous Transylvania school record by over two feet.
"I was completely blown away by how Rian competed today, remarked Throckmorton. "She has been so focused and driven for the past two years and had an amazing breakthrough meet in multiple events. She is the embodiment of persistence and consistency in training and competing and it is resulting in her achieving dreams that she has talked about for years. I'm so incredibly proud of what she was able to put together today."
In men's track, Transylvania freshman Jacob Burnam finished third in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.42, and third in the men's mile run with a time of 4:25.27, a new personal record.
"Jacob ran a really tough double today and I was so impressed and proud of how he handled the tough mental stress of trying to earn All-Conference honors in multiple events as a freshman," said Throckmorton. "He has a natural sense for race strategy and his mental toughness is a huge asset for him in these kinds of environments. He has a very bright future in the sport and I can't wait to see what he can accomplish in future seasons."
The Transylvania women's team finished the day in fifth place overall with 58 total points, while the men's team finished in seventh place with 40 total points.
The Pioneers will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Anderson, Indiana for the Fred Wilt Invitational, hosted by Anderson University. The meet is set for a 3:00 p.m. start at the Kardatzke Wellness Center.
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