Williamsburg, KY – Junior Taylor Sanders set a new school record in the women's hammer throw to lead a collection of record-setting days for the Transylvania track and field meet at the University of the Cumberlands Invite on Saturday.
Sanders's 39.24 meter launch in the women's hammer final placed her fourth amongst the field in the event and set a new Transylvania field record for women's hammer. Sanders's performance was one of many brilliant performances on the women's side for the Pioneers.
On the men's side, junior Evan Reister and junior Kyle Sprague stood out as prime time performers with notable performances in distance events; Sprague's finish in the grueling 10,000 meters event set a new school record with a time of 35:49.29 seconds. Reister's time of 2:05.53 seconds in the much more relatively brief 800 meters was a personal record.
Freshman Jake Erpenbeck had another productive week, placing fourth in the men's 100 meters with a 11.32 s finish against the wind. Erpenbeck followed that up with a 12th place finish amidst the field in the 200 meters with a 23.40 s time.
Malik Jackson continued his ascent in the long jump with his best jump of the day coming at 5.56 m. Freshman teammate Nathan McCullough followed with a 5.43 m jump. Jackson had his third straight promising performance in the triple jump with a 12.54 m leap in the triple jump.
Leading the way in the women's 200 meters was senior Shelby Auxier, who completed her spring in a time of 27.85 s.
The Pioners women's relay teams continued to make themselves a continual conversation point as the 4x100 meter relay team placed first in the event, finishing in 50.43 seconds. Savannah Hemmer, Auxier, Olivia Kee and Jordin Fender were the ringleaders of Transylvania's best placing of the day. The Pioneers won the race after finishing second in the event at their home meet two weekends ago.
The junior Fender remained the standard in the women's 100 meter hurdles, finishing ahead of the pack in first place with a time of 14.92 s. Her freshman teammate Kee placed sixth in the event in 16.92 s. Kee's best finish of the day in individual action came in the 400 meter hurdles, placing third in 1:09.44 seconds.
The women's 4x400 relay team placed fifth in the event, as Bethany Herron, Auxier, Kee, and Fender teamed to finish the race in 4:43.85 s.
The Pioneers track and field contingent next resumes action with a busy weekend beginning on Friday, April 15 as they visit Centre for the second time in three weekends at the Centre Twilight meet. They return to action less than 24 hours later on Saturday when they head to Mt. St. Joseph in the Greater Cincinnati area for the MSJ Invitational.
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