Geneva, Ohio – Transylvania track and field senior sprinters Cole Green and Jordin Fender made history Friday afternoon at the SPIRE Institute as they kicked off individual competition in their respective events at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Competing in her second career NCAA Outdoor Championships, Fender appeared for the second straight season in the women's 100-meter hurdles prelims.
Green joined Fender at the SPIRE Institute track as the senior made his career debut at the NCAA Championships. With both athletes qualifying for the NCAA Championships, it marks the first occurrence in Transylvania track and field history that the program has fielded multiple athletes at an NCAA Track and Field Championships, either indoor or outdoor.
Aiming for her second-straight All-American status at the Outdoor Championships and her third straight including the 2017 Indoor Championships, Fender recorded the fourth-fastest time out of three preliminary heats and the second-fastest time in her specific heat with a PR of 14.26 seconds.
By clinching the fourth-fastest time, Fender has advanced into Saturday's women's 100-meter hurdles championship race, set for 12:50 p.m. Eastern Time.
Having qualified for the men's 100 meters prelims with a career-fastest time at last month's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Confeence Outdoor Championships, Green posted the 10th-fastest time over three heats as he crossed the finish line in 10.73 seconds. With the finals taking the top-9 times from the prelim heats, Green's illustrious career comes to a close Friday in his first appearance at the NCAA Championships.
The Oak Ridge, Tennessee native signs off on a career that entails two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Year awards, and back-to-back conference championships in the men's 100 and 200 meters. Green's career culminates in becoming the first Transylvania male athlete to appear at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Fender will compete in the women's 100-meter hurdles championship race as the senior aspires to complete her career with a national championship, as well as her third All-American status. The senior posted a fourth-place finish in the 2016 edition of the championship race, and finished as the national runner-up this past February in the women's 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
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