Posted: Apr 26, 2014
Beginning the day on a high note for the Pioneers was the women's
4x100 meter relay team of freshmen Katie Cohron, Jordin Fender, Erin Marek, and sophomore Shelby Auxier. In a back-and-forth race through the four legs of the relay, the Transylvania women edged Defiance in the final stride to take the victory by a mere four-hundredths of a second. The win marked Transylvania's first running event conference champion in school history.
Following the relay, freshman Cora Kerber ran a strong 1500 meter run to place sixth in the women's event. Kerber would later match that effort with another sixth place finish in the women's 800 meter run.
Quickly turning around after her part in the women's 4x100 meter victory, Fender earned the Pioneers' first runner-up performance on the day in the women's 100 meter hurdles. She would then follow up that performance 30 minutes later with a sixth place finish in the women's 100 meter dash. Also placing in the women's 100 meter dash was Auxier, who ran for seventh place.
Placing in the men's 400 meter dash were seniors Ben Hoseus and Mason Williams. Both ran personal best times in the men's 400 meter dash with times of 50.28 and 50.74 for fourth and sixth place, respectively. Hoseus's time was also a new school record by nearly half a second.
Not to be outdone, Marek and Cohron returned to take the top two spots in the women's 400 meter dash, giving the Pioneers their second victory and runner-up finishes for the championships. Both times were also new school records, with Marek earning the top spot with her 60.04 second performance. Cohron followed closely behind with a 60.55 second run.
The Pioneers also had two scoring performances in the men's and women's 200 meter dashes. Hoseus, in the final open event of his career, placed seventh in the men's 200 meter dash. Marek also continued her strong day with a sixth place finish in the women's event.
In the women's 5000 meter run, freshman Shelby Catlett recorded a new personal record time of 20:58.49. This was Catlett's first time under 21 minutes in the event.
Closing the day for the Pioneers were the men's and women's 4x400 meter relays. The men's team of Hoseus, Williams, junior Ben Lyvers, and freshman Henry Kramer turned in a fifth place finish overall in the relay. The women's winning relay squad from earlier in the day capped off the season with their second victory of the day and Transylvania's third overall. Their time of 4:04.81 shattered the old school record by nearly three and a half seconds, as well as broke Defiance College's stadium record in the event.
In the field events, freshman Taylor Sanders threw a new personal record in the women's discus throw, which earned her an eighth place finish in the event, adding to her eight place finish from the shot put on Friday.
"We had amazing performances at our conference championships this season and I am very proud of the men's and women's teams for their efforts. With such a young team on both sides, the future is bright for the program," added head coach Heidi Pinkerton.
The 2014 HCAC Championships marked the final team competition of the season for the Pioneers. The women's team placed a school best sixth place overall with 62 points. The men placed 10th with 14 points.