Pioneers close Coastal Carolina Invite with three school records

Pioneers close Coastal Carolina Invite with three school records
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Transylvania's men's and women's track and field teams continued Friday's strong performances by closing out day two of the Coastal Carolina Invitational with three school records and three more personal records.

Freshman Taylor Sanders started off the meet on a good note in the Women's Shot Put. Sanders tossed a new personal record of 10.09 meters. Her throw bested her previous mark of 9.93 meters.

In the first running event off the day, freshman Alex Czujko followed Sanders by breaking his personal record in the Men's 3000 Meter Run. Czujko's time of 9:55.28 was nearly a 10 second improvement from his previous best set during the indoor season.

Following the Men's 3000 Meter Run was the Women's 4x100 Meter Relay, where the team consisting of freshman Katie Cohron, freshman Erin Marek, freshman Sydney Watkins, and sophomore Shelby Auxier set the first school record of the day, running a time of 51.71 seconds. Their time dropped nearly three seconds off the old school record set in 2010.

As the meet continued the wind began to pick up, providing some fast times for the Women's and Men's Seeded 100 Meter Dashes. Auxier ran the fastest time of her career, turning in a 13.10 second sprint. However, because the wind was outside the legal limit it will be marked as a wind-aided performance.

Freshman Cole Green's 100 meter race was also subject to the wind, despite being a new personal and school record. Green ran a time of 11.07 in what is considered the slowest illegal wind condition to be marked wind-aided. Later in the meet however, under legal wind conditions, Green set a new school record in the Men's Seeded 200 Meter Dash, running a time of 22.67 seconds. That time was also his fastest performance of the year in the event.

Rounding out the day for the Pioneers was the Women's and Men's 4x400 Meter Relays. The women's team, consisting of Cohron, Auxier, freshman Cora Kerber, and Marek, set the third and final school record of the day, turning in a time of 4:11.84. That mark improved upon their indoor school record and shattered the old outdoor record by nearly nine seconds. The men's team, which included senior Mason Williams, junior Ben Lyvers, freshman Henry Kramer, and senior Ben Hoseus, then ran the best men's 4x400 meter relay time since 2010, narrowly missing the school record set that year by less than a quarter of a second.

The Pioneers will continue their outdoor campaign next Saturday at Berea College.