Multiple Pioneers post day of personal bests at Louisville extravaganza

Multiple Pioneers post day of personal bests at Louisville extravaganza

Louisville, Ky. - Continuing upon a strong team showing last weekend in Indiana, the Transylvania cross country teams journeyed to Louisville on Saturday afternoon to post another collective display of running excellence at the Greater Louisville Classic.

Amidst a jampacked field with cross country squads from every conceivable level of collegiate programs, both Transylvania men's and women's cross country teams competed in the Silver-category certified races at the Greater Louisville Classic.

The Transylvania women's squad took part in the 6K run, their second run of that distance in the 2016 season.

After sitting out last weekend's Run for the Lions to rest and recuperate, sophomore Rebecca Facktor enjoyed one of the finest races of her career to lead the finishers on the women's side, completing her run in 25:52.89.

Finishing second among the Pioneers women was Elizabeth Deaton, recording a personal best in 26:15.93. Cora Kerber also posted an impressive run, crossing the line in 26:35.63.

Three other Pioneers runners in the women's 6K recorded PRs. The list included freshman Jennai Mitchell (27:04.08), Alex Voelker (28:06.73), and Melanie Peterson (32:00.57).

A familiar pattern was replicated in the men's race, as multiple Pioneers enjoyed career days in the 8K race, also serving as the second race of that particular distance for the men's cadre.

Freshman Charlie Jordan was the pacesetter for Saturday among his Pioneers peers. The freshman crossed the finish line in 28:59.98 to record his personal best. Not to be outdone, Jordan was followed closely by senior Evan Reister, who continued his pattern of strong performances with a 30:14.76 finish to post his personal best.

The race also lent its way to groundbreaking success for a slew of youngsters; other Pioneers men's runners who posted PR times on Saturday were sophomore Brian Mudrak (30:27.59), freshman Jordan Hancock (30:32.45), and freshman Michael Clore (31:22.26).

"It was great to see the all-around success for both our men's and women's teams today," commented cross country head coach Heidi Pinkerton. "Progress continues to increase week-by-week and I'm encouraged by the way we're pacing as we approach the stretch run of the season."

The Pioneers will continue to train until mid-October, when they return to action at the Jenna Strong Invite hosted by Wilmington College on October 14.

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