Posted: Apr 12, 2014
The first running event on the day for the Pioneers, the 3000 meter steeplechase, brought the first school record, which set the tone for a great day of competition. Freshman Kyle Sprague dropped 12 seconds off his personal best school record for a time of 10:47.22. On the women's side, freshman Shelby Catlett ran a personal best of her own, which earned her sixth place in the event.
The second school record to fall for the Pioneers was the women's 4x100 meter relay team, run by freshmen Katie Cohron, Erin Marek, Jordin Fender, and sophomore Shelby Auxier. The ladies dropped a slim two-hundredths of a second off their previous best for a time of 50.76, good enough for an eighth place finish. The men's team consisting of freshman Cole Green, juniors Ben Lyvers and Brian Daffin, and senior Ben Hoseus also placed eighth in the relay event.
Freshman Cora Kerber turned in the next strong performance on the day in the women's 1500 meter run. Her personal best time of 5:04.29 earned her a sixth place finish.
Fender, continuing her success in the 100 meter hurdles, also turned in a top performance on the day for the Pioneers. Her time of 15.43 placed her third in the event against some tough competition. Fender would later go on to set a personal record in the 200 meter dash as well.
As the meet rolled on, the top performances continued to come. Green, the reigning Heartland Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week, made another big statement, this time in the 100 meter dash. Green turned in a blistering time of 10.87 seconds, dropping over two-tenths of a second off his previous best school record. His time will also put him among the top NCAA Division-III times of the season.
Senior Mason Williams set a personal record in the men's 400 meter dash. His time of 50.81 was nearly a quarter second drop off his previous best from 2012 and was his first time under 51 seconds. His performance earned him an eighth finish in the event.
The final school record on the day came from Marek in the women's 200 meter dash. Dropping nearly a half second off her previous best and over three-tenths off the school record set in 2012, Marek ran a time of 26.79 seconds.
This was the last tune-up for the distance runners before their return to action at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on April 25-26. The sprinters will return to Centre College April 18 for one last meet before joining the distance team in Defiance, Ohio at the conference championships.