Westerville, Ohio – The Transylvania track and field team enjoyed a solid start to its 2017 indoor season by participating at the 2017 Otterbein Invitational at the Clements Recreation Center on Saturday.
The usual suspects set the tone to the start of the season, as senior Jordin Fender clinched first place in the women's 60 meter hurdles, while fellow senior Taylor Sanders set a new school record in the women's weight throw.
Sanders earned her way into a top-three finish in the event with a 13.19 meter throw, immediately establishing a new personal and school record for the senior, who had a blooming junior season.
Fender, who became the school's first All-American in track and field at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last May in the 100 meter hurdles, once again showed her dominance in the condensed indoor version of the event. Fender's time of 9.20 seconds in the final saw her beat the next closest competitor by half a second in the event.
The senior also competed in the women's 200 meters and placed third, crossing the line in 27.25 seconds.
Senior Cole Green, the reigning Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, took a pair of third-place finishes in the men's 60 and 200-meter races.
In distance events, the highlight of the day came from Transylvania junior Elizabeth Deaton, who set a school record in the women's 3000-meter race. Deaton nabbed a seventh-place finish by finishing in 11:28.83 seconds, eclipsing the old program record by two seconds.
Transylvania sophomore Malik Jackson took fourth place in the men's long jump to get his second season with the Pioneers off to a promising start.
Both Pioneers men's and women's squads each took seventh at the event.
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