Louisville, Ky. – The Transylvania Track & Field team continued its strong push towards the postseason with the Bellarmine Classic on Saturday afternoon.
Head coach Taylor Throckmorton was encouraged by the progress his team showed on Saturday. "Today was a great tune-up for the conference championship next weekend," remarked Throckmorton. "We had a number of athletes who have been on the verge of a breakthrough the past couple weeks and today we saw some big results. As we begin to taper towards the postseason, it's good to see an increase in performances which confirms we're doing the right things in training."
Junior Graham Smith continued his strong season by taking 1st place in the men's javelin throw event with a final throw of 55.30 meters. "Graham had another solid showing in the javelin," commented Throckmorton. "He's still unbeaten this year and is showing signs of a big throw being right around the corner. If he can iron out a few small details, he'll be moving up the national rankings a lot."
With a mark of 4.95 meters, sophomore Danielle Blount placed 4th and set a new personal record in the women's long jump event. "I think the biggest surprise of the day was Danielle in the long jump," said Throckmorton. "She smashed her personal record and while she fouled on four of her jumps, they were all very big so she still has some left in the tank for next weekend. We've been working hard on the mental side of the competition with her and it is really paying dividends."
Sophomore Branden Brookfield earned 6th place in the men's pole vault event with a final vault of 4.10 meters. "Branden is definitely peaking at the right time," remarked Throckmorton. "He's using some new poles and after some adjustment time, he looks great on them now. He's definitely well on his way to a breakthrough and I can't wait to see how he jumps the next few weeks."
On the track, senior Savannah Hemmer turned in a 7th place finish in the women's 100-meter dash with a time of 12.91 seconds. "Savannah breaking 13 seconds was huge, said Throckmorton. "It was her first time under 13 seconds and puts her in a good spot to score big points at the conference level next weekend. She has been a rock solid performer all year and is setting a great example for the younger athletes that consistency and belief can go a long way.
The Pioneers will now turn their attention to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. The meet is set to start next Friday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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