Greenwood, Ind. – For the second consecutive outdoor season, Transylvania seniors Cole Green and Jordin Fender were selected respectively as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Track Athletes of the Year, the conference announced Thursday.
Green (Oak Ridge, Tenn. / Oak Ridge HS) and Fender (Lexington, Ky. / Dunbar HS) completed historic career arcs at last weekend's HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Anderson, Indiana to culminate a pair of high-level stretches for both athletes' 2017 HCAC indoor and outdoor seasons.
The athlete of the year awards are the second consecutive plaques garnered by Fender and Green for HCAC Outdoor Track and Field; for Green, the award marks the third straight HCAC Athlete of the Year awards won between the last three indoor and outdoor seasons. It is Fender's second consecutive HCAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year award.
Green and Fender's selections highlighted a list of eight Transylvania track and field athletes who received All-HCAC individual postseason recognition on Thursday.
Named with Fender to the Women's Track and Field All-HCAC First Team were freshman Danielle Blount (Atlanta, Ga. / Blessed Trinity Catholic), sophomore Savannah Hemmer (Covington, Ky. / Notre Dame Academy), sophomore Olivia Kee (Greenup, Ky. / Rose Hill HS), and senior Taylor Sanders (Burgin, Ky. / Burgin Co.).
Along with Green, a first team All-HCAC selection, sophomore Malik Jackson (Lexington, Ky. / Tates Creek HS) was chosen to the All-HCAC Second Team, while sophomore Nathan McCullough (Lexington, Ky. / Lafayette) was named an All-HCAC Honorable Mention.
Green earned his second consecutive Outdoor Men's Track Athlete of the Year award by winning both the men's 100 and 200 meter finals at last Saturday's HCAC Outdoor Championships. Green's winning time in the 100 meters of 10.63 seconds became a new HCAC record, while his 21.49 second time in the 200 meters currently ranks as the sixth-fastest time in Division III men's track this year.
Along with repeating as the track athlete of the year, Green won his third straight HCAC championship in the men's 100 meters and his second straight championship in the 200.
Fender's showing at the 2017 HCAC Outdoor Championship met the high expectations forecasted for the two-time All-American entering the weekend. As she did at the 2015 and 2016 HCAC Outdoor Championships, Fender took titles in the women's 100 meters, 200 meters and 100-meter hurdles.
Fender teamed up with Blount, Hemmer, and Kee to capture the title in the women's 4 x 100 meter relay (49.88 s), certifying a three-peat in all four conference championship events for Fender.
Jackson earned his way onto the All-HCAC second team by placing second in the men's triple jump at the HCAC Outdoors (13.37 m) and fourth in the long jump with a 6.34 m jump. McCullough recorded a top-three finish in the men's triple jump and finished seventh in the men's long jump at the HCAC Outdoors.
With the HCAC season in their rear-view mirror, the Pioneers now look ahead to a series of events through the month of May, beginning with the Kentucky Relays this Saturday, May 6 at the University of Kentucky. Green currently stands in the NCAA qualifying window for the men's 100 and 200-meter races, while Fender is in the qualifying window for the women's 100-meter hurdles.
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