Track and field wins five events, set two school records at Hanover Invite

Track and field wins five events, set two school records at Hanover Invite

HANOVER, Ind.- The Pioneer track and field teams didn't let a chilly day affect their performances as they notched five victories and set three school records at the Hanover Invitational hosted by Hanover College.

Transylvania's highlight of the day was a sweep of the men's and women's 100 and 200 meter dashes. Sophomore Cole Green led the way on the men's side, earning a victory in both events. In the process, Green's time in the 200 meter was a new personal and school record time of 21.91 seconds.

Sophomore Jordin Fender led the way for the women, equaling Green's feat, winning the women's 100 and 200 meter dashes. Her wind-legal time of 12.68 seconds in the 100 meter dash was a personal and school record as well.

Racing in her hometown, junior Shelby Auxier rose to the occasion herself in the women's 100 and 200 meter dashes. Her times of 13.09 and 27.24 seconds, respectively, not only earned her fourth place in both events but she also set two personal records in the process.

The fifth victory of the day belonged to the women's 4x100 meter relay team of Fender, Auxier, freshman Bethany Herron, and junior Katie Cohron. The relay ran a time of 51.26 seconds as they gained the lead and pulled away in the final 50 meters of the race.

Other top sprint performances included eighth place finishes for Hemmer in the women's 100 and 200 meter dashes and a seventh place finish for Cohron in the women's 100 meter dash.

Sophomore Cora Kerber led the way for the women's middle distance and distance programs, placing third in the 800 meter run with a season best time of 2:27.8.

On the men's middle distance and distance side, sophomore Kyle Sprague faced the icy water, placing in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase event. His time of 10:49.1 earned him a fifth place finish overall, just two seconds off his personal and school record.

In the throws, sophomore Taylor Sanders and freshman Bradley Easterling also performed well in the brisk conditions. Sanders threw an outdoor personal best in the women's shot put with a throw of 10.99 meters. Her effort earned her a third place finish in the event.

Setting new personal records at the Hanover Invite were sophomore Evan Reister in the men's 400 meter dash, sophomore Henry Kramer in the men's 800 meter run, freshman Kelsey Clater in the women's 800 and 1500 meter runs, and junior Akin Erol and freshman Gage Abell in the men's 1500 meter run.

Easterling also logged a personal record on the day in the men's hammer throw besting the previous record from 2009 by 87 centimeters, Easterling's best throw was marked at 26.97 meters. 

The Pioneers will return to action April 4 at Centre College.