Transylvania's Fender takes 2nd at Nationals in 60 meter hurdles, earns All-American status

Transylvania's Fender takes 2nd at Nationals in 60 meter hurdles, earns All-American status

Naperville, Ill. - For the second time in 10 months, Transylvania senior Jordin Fender is an All-American once again.

The senior from Lexington, Kentucky (Paul Laurence Dunbar HS) took second place in the finals of the women's 60-meter hurdles at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, crossing the finish line in 8.66 seconds Saturday afternoon.

The race was a personal-best time for Fender, who finished just .03 seconds behind first-place finisher Allison Kraske of George Fox University in the championship race held at North Central College's Al B. Carius Track.

Making Fender's feat even more impressive was that the senior eclipsed her previous PR, set just the day before in the prelims, by .17 seconds.

Fender's Saturday performance marked the seventh time in the 2017 season that she has set a new PR.

Fender's race solidified a season of excellence in the indoor circuit, during which the Lexington product repeated as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion in the women's 60-meter hurdles, the 60-meter dash, and the 200-meter dash.

As Fender continued a focused pursuit all winter of qualifying for nationals, the senior endlessly re-wrote her own PR in the 60-meter hurdles throughout the past two months, eventually notching the seventh-fastest time in the nation at last weekend's Polar Bear Last Chance meet.

Fender saved her best for last in the ultimate race of her final indoor track season on Saturday. Having recorded the third-best time of 15 entrants (8.83 seconds) in Friday's three preliminary heats, Fender dug in deep Saturday to deliver arguably the most clutch performance of her career.

Saturday's race punctuated Fender's first trip and the first by a Pioneer to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. It followed her pioneering effort last May when Fender became the first Transylvania track and field athlete to qualify for the Outdoor Championships, going on to place fifth nationally in the women's 100-meter hurdle finals.

Following last May's race, Fender became the first Pioneer All-American for track and field. On Saturday, Fender added a second All-American medal to her mantle, her first for indoor track.

Her career-defining race sets the tone for the outdoor portion of her season which begins next Friday for Fender and the Pioneers track and field squad in High Point, North Carolina.

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