(photo courtesy of Rose-Hulman Sports Information department)
Terre Haute, IN – Competing in their first meet in two weeks, the Transylvania indoor track and field team continued their run of excellence Saturday afternoon at the Engineer Invitational hosted by Rose-Hulman.
The Pioneers returned to action after being unable to leave Lexington last weekend due to the enormous snowstorm that covered the Bluegrass region, forcing the team to sit out of the Denison Lid-Lifter event. The involuntary respite, however, left the hungry Pioneers no worse for the wear.
After shattering a slew of program and personal records in their first meet of the indoor season two weeks ago, Transylvania's track and field student-athletes posted a series of new records in personal, program, and even venue-best terms.
When the event had concluded, Transylvania's track team had three event wins to savor, along with a collection of new records.
The day began with a thunderous start in the 5000-meter event. Transylvania's Rebecca Facktor opened up the action with a first place finish, beating her second place competition by one hundredth of a second to take the race in a time of 19:41.34. Facktor's performance followed up a blazing run two weeks ago in the 3000m at the Otterbein Invite in which she set a personal record in that event.
The spotlight shifted to the men's sprints event, where Pioneer sprinter Cole Green continued his mastery after setting records two weeks prior in the 60m and placing third in the 200m. After finishing second amongst a field of 22 in the 60m prelims, Green saved his biggest burst for the finals as he shredded his competition on the way to a first place finish in the 60m finals with a time of 6.98s, a new school and personal record.
Green figuratively etched his name in the Rose-Hulman Sports & Recreation Center plaques, as his time of 6.98s also set a new stadium record for Rose-Hulman's venue.
Green continued his marvelous day in the 200m, winning the finals against a field of 39 participants in the event with a time of 22.60. Green's time was just three-hundredths of a second off his school record set last year.
On the women's side, reigning Transylvania Student-athlete of the Year Jordin Fender made her first appearance of the year in indoor competition and quickly found the form that launched her to multi-event success at last year's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
Fender eased her way back into her third track and field season by participating with the 4x200 relay team that finished fifth on the day before partaking in one of her premiere events, the 60m hurdles. Fender registered a time of 9.51s in the finals to place fifth. Fender's time of 9.35 in the prelims set a new school record in the 60 hurdles. Freshman Olivia Kee, participating in her second collegiate event, also qualified for the finals in the event.
Lewis improved upon her showing at Otterbein with a vault of 9.1 feet, which also set a new school record in indoors.
Sanders, participating in her first meet of the 2016 season, also continued her pattern of success from 2015; the junior placed third in the shot put with a throw of 11.66m, setting a personal record. Sanders followed up her top-3 finish with a powerful 11.98m throw in the weight throw, also a personal best.
After making great strides in their first two meets of the year, the Pioneers now look ahead to the Anderson University Invitational, hosted by HCAC member Anderson next Saturday, at 3:00 p.m. The invitational marks the final regular season meet before the Pioneers track and field squad participates in the Indoor HCAC Championships hosted by Defiance.
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