Pioneers take down seven school records, earn three first place finishes at Centre Invite

Pioneers take down seven school records, earn three first place finishes at Centre Invite
DANVILLE, KY-  The Transylvania men's and women's track and field teams had another record setting day at the Centre College Invitational with seven school records broken and three first place finishes.

Getting the running events off to a strong start for the day was the women's 4x100 meter relay team comprised of freshmen Katie Cohron, Jordin Fender, Erin Marek, and sophomore Shelby Auxier. The ladies finished second to host Centre College in the event running a time of 51.06 seconds. Fender, who ran the 100 meter hurdles soon after, turned in the first school record of the day in the hurdles. Her time of 15.23 seconds broke her previous school record by nearly a second and was a mere 3 hundredths of a second off her personal best. Fender's performance was also the first victory for the Pioneers on the day.

Transylvania's 400 meter runners continued the early success with strong performances of their own. Cohron and Marek placed third and fourth respectively in the event, both of which were outdoor season best times. Senior Ben Hoseus broke the second school record of the day, dropping 5 hundredths of a second off the school record he set his freshman year. Hoseus's time of 50.71 earned him third place in the event. Senior Mason Williams also had a strong run, turning in a fifth place finish.

Following the 400 meter dash was the 100 meter dash, where the third school record was broken on the day. Freshman Cole Green finally received a wind-legal race and he capitalized by running a time of 11.08 seconds in the event. His time, which was a school and personal record, also earned him first place in the event. On the women's side in the event, Auxier and freshman Sydney Watkins placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Watkins's time was nearly a half second personal best as well.

In the women's 800 meter run, freshman Cora Kerber set the fourth school record on the day. Kerber's time of 2:25.72 earned her third place in the event and dropped nearly two and a half seconds off the previous school record set in 2011.

Green, following up his success in the 100 meter dash, set the fifth school record in the 200 meter dash. Like his 100 meter dash, Green ran a personal best and school record in the event. His time of 22.13 also earned him his second victory on the day and the third overall for the Pioneers. Auxier built upon her top performances for the day, running up for fifth place in the women's 100 meter dash as well.

The final distance event of the day, the men's and women's 5000 meter run, saw two more top performances on the day. Freshman Shelby Catlett ran a personal best time of 21:10.05, placing sixth in the women's 5000 meter run. Freshman Kyle Sprague followed with the sixth school record of the day. His eighth place finishing time of 16:54.25 was 25 seconds faster than his personal best school record.

Rounding out the running events for the day was the women's and men's 4x400 meter relays. The women's team, made up of Cohron, Fender, Kerber, and Marek, dropped over two seconds off the school record set earlier this season, making that the seventh and final school record set in the meet. Their time of 4:09.73 earned them an exciting second place finish in the event. The men's team, consisting of Williams, Hoseus, junior Brian Daffin, and freshman Henry Kramer, finished off the day for the Pioneers running a fourth best time for the event.

In the throwing events, freshman Taylor Sanders nearly missed a personal best in the women's shot put, but still earned sixth place overall in the event, which highlighted the throws for the day.

The track and field teams will return to competition April 12 at the University of the Cumberlands.