Pioneer sprinters shatter four school records, earn three victories at Centre Twilight

Pioneer sprinters shatter four school records, earn three victories at Centre Twilight
DANVILLE, Ky.- The Transylvania Track and Field sprinters traveled to Centre College for the Friday night Centre Twilight meet, earning three first places finishes, one meet record, and shattering four school records.

Opening up the day for the Pioneers was the women's 4x100 meter relay. The team of freshmen Katie Cohron, Jordin Fender, Erin Marek, and sophomore Shelby Auxier broke their own school record and ran below the 50 second mark for the first time in school history. Their time of 49.85 seconds was nearly a whole second off their best time set the previous week, despite Marek recovering from flu-like symptoms from earlier in the week. The performance was also good for a third place finish in the event.

Following the women's 4x100 meter relay, Fender quickly returned to the track for the women's 100 meter hurdles, which she did in exciting fashion. Fender broke the 15 second mark for the first time in her career and in school history, running an impressive time of 14.79 to win the event and set a new Centre Twilight meet record. Her time also vaults her onto the NCAA Division-III national stage, where she sat 21st in the country following the meet. Fender will try to remain in the top-22 in order to qualify for the NCAA Division-III National Championships in late May.

Next up on the track for the sprinters was the 400 meter dash. Cohron and Marek led the way, placing first and third in the women's 400 meter dash, respectively. Cohron's time of 61.33 seconds was a mere tenth of a second off the school record and two-thirds of a second ahead of the next place finisher. On the men's side, seniors Mason Williams and Ben Hoseus ran nearly identical times out of different heats to place fifth and sixth in the event, respectively. Williams narrowly edged Hoseus by a hundredth of a second, running a 51.06, which was the second fastest time of his career.

Auxier kept the top performances rolling in the women's 100 meter dash where she placed eighth in the event. Her time of 13.19 seconds, run into a slight headwind, was the third overall fastest time of her career and the fastest under headwind conditions. Junior Brian Daffin and freshman Han Qi also set personal records in the men's 100 meter dash.

After a short break in action for the sprinters, they returned for the 200 meter dash. Hoseus turned in a personal best time of 22.93 seconds in the men's 100 meter dash, which was also his first time eclipsing the 23 second mark. His time also earned him a seventh place finish overall. Junior Ben Lyvers, Daffin, and Qi also turned in personal and collegiate best times in the event. 

Finishing out the day for the Pioneer sprinters was the women's and men's 4x400 meter relays. Earning the third victory on the day was the women's 4x400 meter team, comprised of the same lineup from the earlier relay. The women knocked over a second and a half off the school record in the first time the four had run the event together, turning in a time of 4:08.21. The men's team immediately followed with an impressive run of their own. Williams, freshman Henry Kramer, Lyvers, and Hoseus ran up for third place in a school record form. The men shattered the previous record set in 2010, dropping nearly four seconds and running a time of 3:28.24.

This was the last tune-up before the entire Transylvania Track and Field team returns to action at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Defiance College on April 25-26