Pioneers pile up victories at home in 2017 Pioneer Invitational

Pioneers pile up victories at home in 2017 Pioneer Invitational

Lexington, Ky. – The veteran contingent for the Transylvania track and field team led the way Saturday in the 2017 Pioneer Invitational at Pat Deacon Stadium as the Pioneer women captured a third-place team finish.

Competing in their lone home track and field event for the 2017 outdoor season, the Pioneers defended their turf while looking comfortable in the friendly confines of Pat Deacon.

On a morning that began with five seniors being honored, three of those seniors posted another collection of memorable performances in their final official appearances at home.

Senior sprinter Cole Green took victories in the men's 100 and 200-meter dash events, winning in 11.22 and 22.04 seconds, respectively to finish as a champion in his last home appearance as a Pioneer.

On the women's side, senior Jordin Fender was victorious in her signature event, the women's 100-meter hurdles. Fender took first place in the hurdles in 15.40 seconds against a furious torrent of wind that swept through the stadium for much of the early meet hours.

The senior followed up her first-place showing in the 100-meter hurdles with a first-place finish in the women's 200 meters, crossing the line in 26.87 seconds to capture victory in her final home event.

Fender's teammate, junior Savannah Hemmer posted a top-4 finish in the women's 200 meters with a 27.87 second finish.

The reigning conference indoor champion in the shot put, senior Taylor Sanders captured a runner-up finish in the women's shot put.   

Sophomore Olivia Kee turned in a top-level performance in the women's 400 meter hurdles, winning the event in 1:09.27 seconds. Kee fared well in the women's 400-meter dash, producing a PR as she finished in 1:04.86 seconds.

There were more successes for sophomores as Rebecca Facktor posted a top-3 finish in the women's 5,000 meter race.

Despite windy conditions for much of the afternoon, the Pioneers put their top speed on display, finishing off with a first-place finish in the women's 4x100 meter relay. Olivia Kee served as the anchor for a first-place finish in the race as she teamed up with Hemmer, Fender, and freshman Danielle Blount to win in 51.08 seconds.

Over on the north end of Pat Deacon Stadium, the Pioneers piled up a fair share of impressive finishes in field events.

Sanders replicated her second-place finish in women's shot put in the women's hammer event with a 41.75 meter throw to take second.

Freshman Kailey Price turned in a second-place showing in women's discus with a 37.37 meter throw to grab eight points for her team while collecting a PR.

The prime performance was on display from sophomore Shelby Lewis, who captured victory in the women's pole vault with a 2.75 meter jump.  

On the men's side, sophomore Nathan McCullough looked comfortable at home as he enjoyed a PR in the men's triple jump, performing a 12.80-meter jump to place fifth.

With the widespread successes for both track and field teams, the men's team placed sixth out of 10 teams while the Pioneer women finished third against a field of 10.

With the home showcase in the books for the Pioneers, the track and field squad now turns its attention to next Saturday, April 1 when it visits Hanover College.

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