DANVILLE, Ky.- The Transylvania Track and Field team ran well into the night at the Centre Twilight Invitational in their final preparation before they host the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Outdoor Championships April 24-25, setting seven school records and breaking 11 personal records.
As usual the field events opened the meet, it was apparent early on that it was going to be a good evening for the Pioneers. Sophomore Evan Reister broke the first school record of the day in the men's high jump where he cleared a personal record height of 1.78 meters. Reister would later return to set a personal record in the men's 400 meter dash as well.
In the throwing events, freshman Bradley Easterling set a new school and personal record in the men's discus throw. Easterling's throw of 30.67 meters eclipsed the 2011 record held by Jordan Perkins by 59 centimeters. Other personal records in the throwing events included junior Jerod Metz in the men's hammer and javelin and sophomore Taylor Sanders in the women's javelin.
The women's 4x100 meter relay team began the running events on a high note for Transylvania, setting a new school record time of 49.61 seconds. The relay team of juniors Katie Cohron, Shelby Auxier, and sophomore Jordin Fender eclipsed the school record the same group set at the 2014 Centre Twilight meet by more than a third of a second. Their effort was enough to earn them fourth place in a very competitive meet consisting of NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, and NAIA programs. The same group would return for the women's 4x400 meter relay where they would run a season best time of 4:08.72 which would also place them fourth.
Fender continued her rise in the women's 100 meter hurdles where she set another school and personal record. This time she was clocked at 14.66 seconds with very little wind to aid her. The morning after the meet her time moved her up to 11th in the country for the 100 meter hurdles. Fender's effort earned her a third place finish. She would also return later to run a new personal and school record time of 25.84 in women's 200 meter dash, where she would take fourth place.
The lone wins of the day came from sophomore Cole Green in the men's 100 and 200 meter dashes. Green won the men's collegiate competition in the 100 meter dash in a photo finish by a mere one one-hundredth of a second.
After their record setting performance in the 4x100 meter relay, Auxier and Cohron set personal records in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, respectively. Auxier broke the 13-second mark for the first time in her career to run a 12.98 second 100 meter dash. Her effort earned her a seventh place finish in the event. Cohron went under the 27-second mark for the first time in her track and field career in the women's 200 meter dash, turning in a time of 26.98 seconds.
Sophomore Kyle Sprague was the sole representative from the distance squad at the meet, where he took advantage of the perfect conditions in the men's 1500 meter run. Sprague ran a time of 4:21.58 in the event, which broke the sixth school record of the day by nearly five seconds. It was also a large personal record for Sprague.
The Pioneers are set to host their first HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on April 24-25 at the Transylvania Athletics Complex located at 555 West Fourth St. All ten conference teams are set to attend where they will battle it out for the conference title on the men's and women's sides. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Defiance College will look to defend their 2014 titles in the men's and women's competition, respectively.