Geneva, Ohio – Transylvania track and field senior Jordin Fender finished her career faster than ever, finishing second in the women's 100-meter hurdles final at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday afternoon at the SPIRE Institute.
After qualifying for Saturday's championship final by posting the fourth-fastest time of Friday's three preliminary races, Fender exploded out of the blocks and gained tremendous speed over the first half of the Saturday race on the way to posting a time of 14.05 seconds.
The 14.05 s finish by Fender was a new PR for the senior, who claimed All-American status for the third time in her indelible career.
Fender improved upon her fourth-place finish in the women's 100-meter hurdles as a junior in last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships when she crossed the finish line in 14.29 s.
On Saturday, Fender finished just .07 seconds behind University of Redlands' Allison Smith, who captured the national championship in 13.98 seconds.
Saturday's final marked the second time in 2017 that Fender has finished as a national runner-up in an NCAA Championship final after taking second place in the women's 100-meter hurdles at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships last February.
Saturday's race for Fender also culminated an incredible string of time-shattering improvement in her 2017 season, beginning at the Centre College Twilight Invitational on April 14: Fender posted a time of 15.29 seconds in that race, followed by a 14.60 s showing at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in which she captured the championship in that race for the third straight year.
Fender then shaved off another .13 seconds in her next performance at the Kentucky Relays on May 6, then cut .03 seconds off her season-best time at last weekend's Great Lakes Elite NCAA Qualifying Meet. Fender's time of 14.44 s at the Great Lakes placed her well into the NCAA Championship qualifying window with the ninth-best time of the year in Division III women's 100-meter hurdles, before posting her two season-best times on Friday and Saturday.
For Fender, her national runner-up finish caps off the greatest individual career run in Transylvania women's track and field history since the program was founded in 2008. In her four-year track and field career at Transylvania, Fender was a two-time HCAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, a 2016 HCAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, a three-time NCAA All-American (2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships, 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships, 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships), and a two-time national runner-up in NCAA Track and Field Competition.
She also holds records in six Transylvania track and field events, and is part of four Transy relay teams who hold school records.
On Saturday, Fender completed her college career as the most-decorated pioneer in the ascent of Transylvania track and field.
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