MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.- The Transylvania track and field teams opened their outdoor season with a bang, notching four top performances, five personal records and a new school record on day one of the Coastal Carolina University Invitational.
Sophomore Jordin Fender led the Pioneers in her first race back from a successful basketball season. In the women's Open 200 meter dash Fender ran a personal record time of 25.98 seconds, which earned her a victory in Friday's event. Her time was also a school record time, besting the previous record, set last year by junior teammate Erin Marek, by more than eight-tenths of a second.
The women's Open 200 meter dash also produced two other top performances for Transylvania, with freshman Savannah Hemmer and junior Shelby Auxier placing third and sixth, respectively. Hemmer's
time of 27.18 slashed a large chunk of time off her previous best, giving her a new personal record. Auxier was close behind with her time of 27.46, the best time she's posted in two years.
Sophomore Cora Kerber had the fourth highlight of the day in the women's Open 400 meter dash. Kerber's time of 1:05.83 was good enough to take fifth place in the event.
In addition to Fender and Hemmer's personal records, three men posted personal bests on day one of the event. In the men's Open 200 meter dash, sophomore Henry Kramer and senior Brian Daffin ran personal record times over that distance. Freshman Michael Burns set a new personal record in the men's Open 800 meter run.
The Pioneers will return to Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach on Saturday for the completion of the Coastal Carolina University Invitational, where they will look to keep the early momentum going in the seeded events.
Follow Saturday's action with live results here.