Danville, Ky. – The records keep falling for the Transylvania track and field team, which continued its outdoor season with a successful evening under the lights at the Centre Twilight meet on Friday night.
Transylvania track and field head coach Taylor Throckmorton was especially pleased with the way his team competed in the face of the elements on Friday. "I was super happy with how the team performed," remarked Throckmorton. "There was a lot of wind to contend with but we still had numerous people setting personal records. I'm increasingly proud of how this group mentally approaches competition each week."
The Pioneers' night was highlighted by a first-place finish in the men's javelin throw event by junior Graham Smith, who captured the victory with a throw of 53.33 meters. "Graham did his thing in the javelin competition," said Throckmorton. "We knew he had a good chance to win comfortably going in, so the pressure was off and we were able to work on some technical cues that will help him in the long run. I was happy with how he performed and he'll be ready to throw big in the postseason meets."
Sophomore Gunnar Eaton turned in a strong performance in the men's hammer throw, taking second place and setting a new school record with a throw of 46.78 meters. "It was great to see Gunnar finally catch a big throw in the hammer," commented Throckmorton. "He had been slowly improving over the past few meets, but we all knew a big one was lurking, and today he finally caught it. I think with the momentum he has going, he isn't done breaking records this year."
On the women's side, junior Shelby Lewis placed third in the women's pole vault event with a vault of 2.90 meters, a new Transylvania record. "Shelby is really progressing well in the vault and she is on the verge of a big breakthrough," said Throckmorton. "She is doing all the right things to get there, we just need to be patient and work the process."
Another school record fell in the men's 5000-meter run when freshman Darrell Corn placed 12th with a time of 16:44:02. "Everybody on the team was super excited to see Darrell finally get that record," remarked Throckmorton. His last three races have been within 10 seconds of breaking it, so the whole team was running back and forth between the straightaways on the track tonight cheering him on to get it. It was a really special environment with that much support for him."
For the meet, both the men's and the women's teams placed ninth overall in their respective standings.
Up next the Pioneers will travel to Louisville for the Bellarmine Classic on Saturday, April 21.
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