Pioneers notch personal records at Bluegrass Invitational

Pioneers notch personal records at Bluegrass Invitational
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Transylvania's men and women's cross country teams recorded several personal records against top Division I competition Saturday in the Bluegrass Cross Country Invitational.

The Pioneer men ran their first 8K of the season, with freshmen Kyle Sprague and Alex Czujko leading the team with a 28:55.47 and 29:27.92. Sophomore Akin Erol notched a new personal record, dropping a minute and a half off his previous time.

"For a young team, they race extremely well," said Head Coach Heidi Pinkerton. "They were really able to focus on their race and not on the Division I runners."

The women were lead by freshmen Olivia Schafer and Paige Volpenhein. Schafer set a new personal record, dropping 46 seconds off her time, with a 20:04.16. Her time made an impact in the Pioneer record books as the fifth fastest 5K run in women's cross country history. She also notched a faster time than several Division I athletes from Louisville and Cincinnati.

Volpenhein dropped nearly a minute off her time, setting a personal best with 20:42.34.  Freshman Shelby Catlett set a new personal record finishing third for the team with a 21:28.41, as did junior Alexis Carey, shaving five seconds off her time for a 22:25 finish.

"The team is moving along," said Coach Pinkerton. "We are glad we had this opportunity to race with some of the best Division I teams in the nation."

The Pioneers head to Otterbein College for their third meet of the season on Sept. 21.