Transylvania’s Fender becomes first Pioneer to reach finals at Indoor Track and Field Championships

Transylvania’s Fender becomes first Pioneer to reach finals at Indoor Track and Field Championships

Naperville, Ill. – Transylvania track and field senior Jordin Fender qualified for the women's 60-meter hurdle finals of the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships Friday afternoon at Al B. Carius Track.

After officially becoming the first Transylvania track and field student-athlete in program history to qualify last week for the Indoor Track and Field National Championships, Fender etched another achievement into Pioneer history books on Friday.

Carrying the seventh-fastest time of the year at the Division III level into Friday's preliminary round, Fender finished second in the third and final heat of the event in 8.83 seconds, a personal-best for the senior. Friday's time eclipsed her showing at last week's Polar Bear Last Chance Meet by one one-hundredth of a second and was the sixth time this season that Fender has recorded a PR in the event.

Fender's time of 8.83 was the third-fastest time in all three heats, trailing Rachael Kraske of George Fox University and Alison Smith of University of Redlands. The Lexington, Kentucky product will face off against both racers and five others tomorrow in the women's 60-meter hurdle finals, slated to begin at approximately 2:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and 1:35 p.m. local time in Naperville.

Fender last spring became the first Transylvania track and field student-athlete to qualify for and compete at an NCAA Outdoor National Championship event, achieving All-American status in the women's 100-meter hurdle finals.

On Saturday, Fender aims to replicate that feat in the indoor circuit for the first time in her college career.

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