Danville, KY – Following an all-around successful home meet in Lexington the previous weekend, the Transylvania track and field teams headed down to the home of rival school Centre College to partake in the 2016 Centre Invitational on Saturday.
The meet provided an opportunity for reigning Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference 2016 Indoor Track Women's MVP Jordin Fender to shine, as her first-place victory in the 100-meter hurdles led the way for her Pioneers cadre.
The Centre Invitational also witnessed the continuing rise of freshman Jake Erpenbeck, who posted a third-place finish in the men's 100 meters, clocking in a time of 11.38 seconds in an extremely windy day around the Bluegrass region. Erpenbeck finished third in the event amidst a highly competitive field; 18 different schools were represented at the Danville event.
Erpenbeck also competed in the men's 200 meters, finishing that race in 23.72 seconds.
The Pioneers also made big strides in field events on Saturday as that component of the program continues its healthy evolution.
The day was one to remember for freshman Malik Jackson who had his second strong week of performances in the men's triple jump. On this day Jackson set the school record in the triple jump with a 12.93 meter jump, good for third place in the event. Jackson also led the Pioneers in the long jump with a leap of 5.91 meters.
Freshman Nathan McCullough followed Jackson in both events, posting a 5.54 meter jump in the long jump, and a 12.46 meter jump in the triple jump event. McCullough finished fifth in the triple jump finals as the two conspired to grab points in one of Transylvania's best events of the day.
Taylor Sanders topped the Pioneers in the women's shot put, finishing 11th with a top throw of 10.76 meters in the finals.
Other notable results included the women's 4x100 meter relay, as the quartet of Fender, Olivia kee, Shelby Auxier, and Savannah Hemmer ran the event in a time of 52.40 seconds, good for a seventh place finish.
Auxier led the Pioneers in the women's 400 meter dash as she finished in a time of 1:05.12 seconds.
Fender also sharpened her might in the longer-distance action, as she ran the 400 meter hurdles. Fender posted a fourth-place finish with a 1:09.52 second showing in the race.
The Pioneers next turn to Cumberlands this coming Saturday as they continue their outdoor season schedule by participating in the University of the Cumberlands Invite.