Terre Haute, Ind. – A steady march towards the apex of the indoor season culminated in a strong collective showing for the Transylvania track and field team at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at the RHIT Fieldhouse.
The day belonged to a group of upperclassmen, led by women's senior sprinter Jordin Fender and men's senior sprinter Cole Green, who defended their titles in multiple events. Senior Taylor Sanders also enjoyed a remarkable day in field events as she won the women's shot put event.
Fender, the first All-American in Transylvania Track and Field history, won the women's 60-meter dash finals in 8.02 seconds to repeat as the HCAC Indoor Champion in that event. Fender followed up that victory by repeating as champion in the women's 200 meters, crossing the line first in 26.93 seconds. Fender topped off her afternoon by setting a new meet record in the women's 60-meter hurdles as she won the race in 8.92 seconds.
Mirroring Fender's back-to-back championship success, Green also proved himself for the second straight year in the men's 60-meter and 200-meter races.
Green staved off second-place finisher Garrett Cooley from Anderson University in the 60-meter event, tying a meet record of 6.90 seconds to finish in first place. Green more specifically won the race in 6.893 seconds, holding of Cooley's time of 6.894 seconds in a finish that required the most precise of technologies.
Green topped his own performance in the 60-meter race by setting a meet record in the men's 200-meter dash; Green won the race in 22.28 seconds, breaking the old meet record by three-hundredths of a second.
Green finished his day with a fourth-place finish in the men's 4 x 200 relay race, collaborating with freshman Braxton Burton, and sophomores Nicolas Johnston and Malik Jackson to finish in 1:35.74 seconds.
There was much to celebrate in field events, where Sanders topped off a steady indoor season by winning the shot put with a throw of 12.20 meters, winning over the next closest competitor by .09 meters. With the win, Sanders became the first female thrower in Transylvania program history to win shot put at the HCAC Indoor Championships. Sanders also added an eighth-place finish in the women's weight throw.
On the men's side, sophomores Nathan McCullough and Jackson finished second and third respectively in the men's triple jump competition, providing ample points for the Pioneers men's squad which finished seventh. The Pioneers women's contingent produced a fourth-place finish, their best finish ever at the conference indoor championships in program history.
Other highlights from the afternoon included sophomore Olivia Kee recording a personal best in the women's 400 meters and women's 60 meter hurdles, as she finished fourth in the latter race.
Junior Elizabeth Deaton continued an understated year in distance events, recording a PR in the women's 5000 meters, finishing in 19:18.58 seconds to come in fourth.
Saturday capped off a steady indoor season for the Pioneers, who now will break for approximately a month before reprising their season with the outdoor circuit.
The Pioneers' next event will take them to High Point, North Carolina on March 17 and 18 for their first outdoor meet of the season.
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