Columbus, Ohio - The Transylvania track and field team kicked off the 2018 campaign by setting several school records at the Jessica Starks Open at the Capital Center at Capital University on Saturday afternoon.
Transylvania track and field head coach Taylor Throckmorton was pleased with the Pioneers efforts on Saturday. "We were really great in our opening meet," remarked Throckmorton. "With what we saw today, there is still a lot of room to move up. We had several athletes just off of their personal record, so we are excited."
Leading the way for Transylvania was sophomore Branden Brookfield, who finished in a tie for second place in the men's pole vault event with a 4.05 m vault. Brookfield set a new school record with the vault.
With a throw of 12.14 m, Sophomore Gunnar Eaton set a school record in the men's weight throw event. "Gunnar has been putting a ton of work in during the offseason, so it was really great to see that pay off at the first meet," said Throckmorton. "He has a lot more left in the tank, so that record is going to get broken again this season."
On the women's side, sophomore Rian Boelter broke her own school record in the high jump with a jump of 1.48 m. Boelter then went on to set a personal record in the long jump with a mark of 4.61 m.
Sophomore Danielle Blount also set a personal record in the long jump event with a jump of 4.55 m.
"Our sophomore group is looking really strong," commented Throckmorton. "I think the following meets this season will be even better, but we are really excited with how things are looking."
The Pioneers next return to competition on Saturday, February 3 as they travel to Granville, Ohio for the Bob Shannon Invitational hosted by Denison University.
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