Lexington, Ky. – After completing the 2018-19 indoor track and field regular season on a high note, Transylvania freshmen Taylor Allen and Jordan Upton have been selected to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's women's and men's All-HCAC First Teams, respectively.
The HCAC released the list of conference postseason award-winners on Thursday with Allen and Upton heading the list following their championship performances this past weekend in Defiance, Ohio at the 2019 HCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Along with the two freshmen, senior Malik Jackson was named to the All-HCAC Second Team for men's track while juniors Danielle Blount, Rian Boelter, senior Olivia Kee, and sophomore Kali Nolan were selected to the All-HCAC Second Team for women's track.
Freshman Jacob Burnam was selected to the All-HCAC Honorable Mention List on the men's side freshman while Chauncey Longman and Blount were the men's and women's representatives to the Christopher M. Ragsdale HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Allen, a freshman from Louisville, Kentucky (Assumption HS) shined brightly at the championships, capturing the individual title in the women's 400-meter finals. Allen's sprinted to first place in 1:00.33, which also set a new Transylvania program record for the indoor 400.
Upton, a freshman from Versailles, Kentucky (Woodford County HS), also secured a championship at the HCAC indoor championships, winning the triple jump with a conference-best 13.26 meters. Jackson, a senior from Lexington, Kentucky (Tates Creek HS), earned his way onto the second team by finishing closely behind Upton in the event in second place, measuring out a 13.06-meter jump in the finals. Jackson recently returned to competition after a nearly two-year absence from the sport.
Boelter, a junior from Hebron, Kentucky (Conner HS), was one of the standout all-around performers at the HCAC indoors, taking sixth in the women's 60-meter hurdles (9.80 s), fourth in the women's long jump (4.98 m), and third in the high jump with a 1.55 meter leap. The high jump mark also became a new Transylvania program record for indoor high jump.
Nolan, a freshman from Cumberland, Kentucky (Harlan County HS), Kee, a senior from Greenup, Kentucky (Rose Hill HS), and Blount, a junior from Atlanta, Georgia (Blessed Trinity Catholic HS), teamed with Allen to take second in the women's 4 x 400 meter relay finals in a time of 4:13.94, a season-best for the Pioneers.
Burnam, a freshman from Louisville, Kentucky (Trinity HS), had a pair of third-place finishes, crossing the line in 1:58.42 in the men's 800-meter finals, and running a PR of 4:25.27 in the men's mile run.
The conference championships serve as the final indoor event of the 2019 season for the Pioneers. Transylvania embarks upon its outdoor season on Saturday, March 23 with the Transylvania Invitational at Pat Deacon Stadium.
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