Green and Fender defend titles at 2017 HCAC Track and Field Championships

Green and Fender defend titles at 2017 HCAC Track and Field Championships

Anderson, Ind. – For the second year straight, seniors Jordin Fender and Cole Green retained their titles in multiple sprint events to lead the way for the Transylvania track and field team at Day Two of the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships Saturday at Macholtz Stadium.

Fender took titles in the women's 100-meter dash, the women's 200-meter dash, the women's 100-meter hurdles, and was part of the Transylvania women's 4 x 100-meter relay team which captured first place.

Green won first place in the men's 100-meter dash and the men's 200-meter dash, successfully defending his title in both events. Green won the 100 meters in 10.63 seconds and the 200 meters in 21.49 seconds, which are new school records. The 10.63 s time in the men's 100 meters also becomes a new HCAC championship record, shattering Kent Benson's time in 2004 of 10.65 seconds.

It was the second consecutive year in which Green won titles in both the men's 100 and 200 meter races, and the third consecutive year Green won the men's 100-meter race.

For Fender, it was a return to glory as the two-time All-American repeated as champion in all four events from last season. The senior took first in the women's 100 meters in 12.57 seconds, the women's 200 meters in 25.66 seconds, and finished three one-hundredths of a second off of her HCAC record set last year in the women's 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.60 seconds. The Transylvania quartet won the 4 x 100 meter relay in 49.88 seconds to solidify their fourth-place team standing in a day beset by stormy weather.

As a result of the adverse weather conditions, the championships, set to conclude on Saturday, will finish up on Wednesday at nearby HCAC member Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, with javelin events and the 10,000 meter races to take place midweek.

As of Saturday evening, the Pioneers women's team stands in fourth place with 74 points, while the men's team is slotted seventh out of 10 teams with 45.5 points.

Fender and Green's races were part of an exceptional day for the entire Pioneers team.

Senior Taylor Sanders finished up her HCAC career with a title in the women's shot put, winning with a 12.03-meter throw to replicate her first-place finish from the 2017 HCAC Indoor championships. Sanders added to a terrific day with a top-eight finish in the women's hammer throw; her throw of 43.58 meters was a new school record.

In the men's hammer competition, freshman Gunnar Eaton set a school record with a throw of 37.94 meters in the final. Sophomore Michael Hanna led the way in the men's shot put for Transy, setting a school record in that event with a 12.45 meter throw.

There were additional records to witness on Saturday as sophomore Malik Jackson set a program record in the long jump, completing a 6.34 meter leap to take fourth place in the men's finals. Jackson kept up the good work with a second-place finish in the men's triple jump final with a 13.37 meter jump. His sophomore teammate Nathan McCullough took third place in the triple jump with a 13.34 meter performance.

Two more records came for the Pioneers in a set of races; sophomore Olivia Kee set a new program record in the women's 400-meter hurdles, taking third-place in the finals with a time of 1:06.52 seconds.

The men's relay team set a record in the 4 x 100 meter relay, completing the race in 43.40 seconds.

Other Pioneers who scored points were freshman Kailey Price, who placed sixth in the women's high jump finals, and sophomore Shelby Lewis, who placed fifth in the women's discus and sixth in the women's pole vault, and freshman Zoe Jessie, who earned a top-eight finish in the women's triple jump.

The implications of today's championship meet extend further for Fender and Green; Fender's time of 14.60 s in the women's 100 hurdles currently ranks as the 11th-fastest time in Division III this season and her current ranking would qualify her for the second year straight for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in that event.

Meanwhile, Green's blistering time in the men's 100 meters today stands as the eighth-fastest time in the country this season, which would currently qualify him for the NCAA Outdoor championships. His time of 21.49 seconds in the men's 200 meters today ranks as the fifth-fastest time of the season, which also places him in the qualifying window for that event.

Fender and Green, along with other select Pioneers will compete next week in the University of Kentucky Relays, scheduled for May 6 as they attempt to improve upon their current marks. Fender is pursuing a return to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second year straight while Green is seeking his first ever trip to NCAA Championship-level competition.

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