Anderson, IN –Another strong showing by the Transylvania men and women's track and field teams at the Anderson Invitational Saturday saw a collection of victories and a new round of personal and school records.
In the third meet of their indoor season, the Pioneers continued to display a brimming freshmen class, and the manifestation of a powerful upperclassmen group, led by juniors Cole Green and Jordin Fender, who each enjoyed another consecutive week of impressive finishes in their sprint events.
While the mainstays forged on to victory, notable Pioneer youngsters also stepped into the spotlight on Saturday in their respective events. A few of these finals blended the old and new, such as the women's 60 m hurdles event.
The reigning Transylvania student-athlete of the year in Fender left nothing to chance as she blew away the opposition in the hurdles with a time of 9.46. Finishing second in the event was freshman Olivia Kee, who continues to show consistency in the early portion of her college career, with a time of 9.68 s. As Fender cruised into the finish line comfortably, Kee snagged second in a photo-finish ahead of her closest competitor to put a cap on one of the Pioneers' most dramatic events of the day.
Fender added to her performance in the 60 m hurdles with a school-record time in the 60 m dash of 7.96 s.
Overall, the Pioneers also combined for collective success as the women's team placed third at the event while the men finished in sixth.
On the men's side, the reigning Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's track athlete of the week Green continued his furious burst to the indoor season with another pair of breath-stealing performances in the men's 60m and 200m races.
Fresh off his personal and school-record time in the 60m last week at Rose-Hulman's invitational, Green blasted it again with a time of 6.97 seconds, establishing a new record that for now may best be scribbled in pencil rather than in permanent marks.
As he did last week in Terre Haute, Green established a new school and personal record in the 200m with a time of 22.54 s to set the tone for his program, as well as most of his Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference peers.
In distance events, freshman Becca Facktor continued her torrid start to the season with an impressive showing in the 3000m event, establishing a school-record in the event with a time of 11:30.98 s. Facktor's showing evaporated a personal record in the 3000m set just three weeks ago at the Otterbein Invitational.
The Pioneers made plenty of noise in field events. Junior thrower Taylor Sanders had a landmark day in the women's shot put, winning with a distance of 12.04m, also a new indoor school record in the event.
On the men's side, senior Jerod Metz took his turn in the record-setting theatrics with a throw of 11.16 m in the weight throw event. Metz's achievement eclipsed his personal and school-best set three weeks ago at Otterbein.
In the triple jump, freshman Nathan McCullough set a school record with a leap of 12.38 m.
The Transylvania track and field squad is back in action next week.
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