Pioneers win three events, set two school records at Centre Invite

Pioneers win three events, set two school records at Centre Invite

DANVILLE, Ky.- The Transylvania track and field teams had another great showing, winning three events, setting three new school records, and setting 10 new personal records.

After a very rainy week the Pioneers welcomed a sunny spring day at the Centre Invite by producing more top performances and improving upon the season.

Sophomore Jordin Fender continued her success, winning the first event of the day for Transylvania. Fender left the competition behind in record setting fashion in the women's 100 meter hurdles, where she set a new personal and school record in the event. Her time of 14.70 seconds dropped nine-hundredths off her previous best from her freshman season. Fender returned later to take a fourth place finishin the women's 200 meter dash.

Repeating his feat from the Hanover Invitational by sweeping the men's short sprints, sophomoreCole Green took the title in the men's 100 and 200 meter dashes. Green ran a time of 10.88 seconds in the 100 meter dash, which was one one-hundredth of a second off his current best and school record.

Rounding out the top individual performances for the sprint events were juniors Katie Cohron and Erin Marek placing fourth and sixth in the women's 400 meter dash, respectively.

In the relays, the women's 4x400 meter relay team of Fender, Cohron, junior Shelby Auxier, and sophomore Cora Kerber ran a season best time of 4:10.05 to take second place overall in the event. Kerber also took eighth place in the women's 800 meter run.

It was a stellar day for the field event athletes as well, who broke one school record, tied another, and set eight personal records across the events.

Sophomore Taylor Sanders had a breakout day placing third in the women's hammer throw, fourth in the women's shot put, and sixth in the women's javelin. Sanders' top throws in the hammer and shot put were also personal records, which includes a 5.49m improvement upon her precious hammer throw best.

Junior Jerod Metz broke his own school record in the men's hammer throw, adding 1.66 meters to his previous best throw for a throw of 30.57 meters. Metz's performance in the javelin was also a personal best.

In the men's high jump, sophomore Evan Reister set a new personal record and tied the school outdoor record with a jump of 1.73 meters.

Also setting personal records at the Centre Invitational were freshmen Gage Abell in the men's 1500 meter run, Bradley Easterling in the men's hammer and javelin throws, and Melanie Peterson in the women's javelin throw.

The Pioneers will compete next at the University of the Cumberlands Invitational on April 11.