Greencastle, Ind. – The Transylvania indoor track and field team wrapped up the 2019 regular season as the Pioneers competed in the DePauw Invitational at the DePauw Indoor Tennis and Track Center on Saturday afternoon.
"Overall, we had a great day today," said Transylvania track and field head coach Taylor Throckmorton. "This event was all about tuning up for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. We competed well as a team, put up some big points in key events, and looked ready to compete next weekend."
Freshman Jacob Burnam kicked off the day with a stellar performance en route to a first-place finish in the men's 600-meter run. Burnam captured the victory with a time of 1:25.65.
"Jacob's victory in the 600 was a great display of fitness and racing savvy which you don't often see from a freshman," commented Throckmorton. "He has really impressed me this season with his ability to win races in a variety of ways. He has won slow, tactical races and fast, aggressive races and that versatility will serve him well in championship environments."
Senior Rebecca Facktor got into the act for Transylvania by posting a strong time of 20:46.98, good for a second-place finish in the women's 5000-meter run.
The Pioneers dominated the women's 60-meter hurdles event as senior Olivia Kee placed second with a time of 9.85, followed by junior Rian Boelter who finished the race in fifth place with a time of 9.95.
"Our women's sprinters and hurdlers had a great day today which builds a lot of confidence heading into the next weekend," remarked Throckmorton. "The 10-second barrier is a big deal in the women's 60-meter hurdles, and the whole team was pretty psyched for Rian when she broke it today. Combine that with season-best times from Olivia and our 4x400 relay team and I'd say we are in a good spot heading into the postseason."
Junior Gunnar Eaton placed fourth and broke the Transylvania school record which he set earlier this season in the men's weight throw event with a final throw of 15.69 meters.
"Gunnar really stepped up in a big way today with his third school record of the season in the weight throw," commented Throckmorton. "He has matured a lot as an athlete and is becoming much more consistent both physically and emotionally at competitions. His journey is fun to watch and a pleasure to be a part of."
The Transylvania women's team finished the day in eighth place overall with 44 total points, while the men's team finished in eighth place with 34 total points.
"We've been trending upward all season and today just continued that," said Throckmorton. "We will face some tough competition next weekend but if today is an indicator, we are ready to compete at our highest level."
The Pioneers will now turn their attention to the 2019 HCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Defiance College on Saturday, February 16.
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