Anderson, Ind. – The Transylvania track and field team enjoyed its most skillful display of the Indoor Track and Field season at Saturday's Anderson Invitational.
The field was led by senior sprinter Jordin Fender, who collected victories in the women's 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. Fender, who established a new PR earlier this season in the 60-meter event, picked up another personal record with a 7.91 second performance in the Saturday finals to take first place in the race.
Fender followed up the landmark 60-meter performance with a first-place showing in the women's 200 meter, crossing the line in 26.77 seconds.
There was plenty more for the Pioneers to take delight in as the Pioneers won and established personal records across the board.
Senior sprinter Cole Green took victory in the men's-200 meter dash in 22.67 seconds as the reigning Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Men's Track Athlete of the Year collected his first victory of the indoor season. Green also notched a second-place finish in the men's 60-meter final, completing his stride in 7.00 seconds.
It was another stellar week for senior thrower Taylor Sanders, who captured both a new program and personal record in the weight throw; the senior delivered a throw of 14.10 in the women's weight throw finals to take fourth in the event.
Sanders delivered an outstanding showing in the women's shot put with an 11.54 meter throw; her performance in the women's shot put was the best throw of any student-athlete representing a Division III program at the Anderson Invitational.
In the men's weight throw, freshman thrower Simon Yount obtained the men's weight throw school record as he launched a throw of 12.30 meters to take fifth in the event.
Transylvania also represented well in distance events; junior Elizabeth Deaton finished third in the women's 5000 meter run. Her time of 19:59.14 seconds represented a season-best time. Sophomore Rebecca Facktor recorded a 20:36.59 time in the event, which also was a season-best for her.
Another season-best came in the women's 60 meter hurdles, where sophomore Olivia Kee crossed the line in 10.53 seconds.
"Today was another step in the right direction for the team," said Transylvania track and field head coach Heidi Pinkerton. "Things are starting to come together as we approach conference championships in two weeks."
The team effort sealed up the final meet for the Pioneers prior to the HCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships to take place on Saturday, February 18 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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