Pioneers cap indoor season with 11 school records, highest team finishes in school history

Pioneers cap indoor season with 11 school records, highest team finishes in school history
ANDERSON, Ind. - Men's and women's indoor track and field teams finished their season in record fashion, breaking 11 school records and placing the highest team ranking in indoor school history.

The men scored 29 points, placing eighth overall. Their previous best team ranking was ninth, with seven total points. The women scored a total of 40 points, placing sixth overall and topping their previous best eighth place finish with 27 points.

The Men's Distance Medley Relay team, consisting of freshman Alex Czujko, junior Brian Daffin, sophomore Chris Saldana, and freshman Kyle Sprague, set the tone early for the string of 11 school records, recording their season best time and record by over three and a half seconds. The women's team then turned in a seventh place finish, run by senior Alex Rand, sophomore Stephanie Wright, freshman Shelby Catlett, and freshman Cora Kerber.

Keeping with the early success, both the Men's and Women's 4x200 Meter Relay teams placed third overall, running times of 1:33.42 and 1:51.16, respectively. The men's team of senior Mason Williams, senior Ben Hoseus, junior Ben Lyvers, and freshman Cole Green knocked over two and a half seconds off the school record. The women's team, consisting of freshman Katie Cohron, freshman Erin Marek, freshman Sydney Watkins, and sophomore Shelby Auxier, peeled over two seconds off the previous school record.

Adding to the records total were Williams and Cohron in the Men's and Women's 400 Meter Dash respectively. Williams bested his school record with a time of 51.51, placing fourth overall. Close behind Williams was Hoseus, who earned a fifth place finish. Cohron topped her school record by nearly a second and a half, running a time of 1:00.65 for a second place finish. Her time was also an overall school record. Also finishing in the top of the 400 Meter Dash with a personal record was Marek, who also broke the previous school record in a time of 1:01.8 for a fourth place showing.

As the meet progressed more records continued to fall.

Green, who earned HCAC Male Indoor Freshman of the Year honors, placed third in the Men's 60 Meter Dash, equaling his personal and school record of 7.19 seconds. He then turned around and bettered his 200 Meter Dash indoor record by running a time of 22.75 seconds and placing third place overall. Marek followed up her 400 Meter Dash personal record with a personal and school record in the 200 Meter Dash as well. Her time of 27.82 was good for a seventh place finish.

In the distance events two more school records also fell. Kerber finished second overall in the Women's 800 Meter Run in a time of 2:25.07, dropping over a second off her school record. Sprague also bested his Men's 3000 Meter Run by over five seconds, running a time of 9:37.59.

Capping off the day's records in exciting fashion were the Men's and Women's 4x400 Meter Relay teams. Williams, Lyvers, freshman Henry Kramer, and Hoseus dropped over four and a hall seconds off their school record, turning in a time of 3:36.07 for a seventh place finish. The women, consisting of Cohron, Auxier, Kerber, and Marek, also topped their school record by over four seconds, running a time of 4:13.12, which earned them a second place finish.

Other indoor personal records set at the meet included Watkins (60 Meter Dash), Kramer (200 Meter Dash), Daffin (200 Meter Dash), Wright (400 Meter Dash), Catlett (800 Meter Run), Rand (3000 Meter Run), freshman Jerod Metz (Shot Put), and freshman Taylor Sanders (Shot Put).

"We are very proud of how our young team performed. We have raised the bar for Transylvania Track and Field and look forward to what the future holds." said Head Coach Heidi Pinkerton. Assistant Coach Jakob Hester added, "All the hard work they have put in to this point really showed today. We will use this momentum heading into the outdoor season."

The Pioneers will return to action March 14-15 when they travel to Coastal Carolina University for their first outdoor meet of the year over Spring Break.