Smith and Hemmer shine for Pioneers at HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Savannah Hemmer top finishes

Terre Haute, Ind. – Junior Graham Smith was crowned champion in the men's javelin throw and the Transylvania Track & Field team continued its season-long trend of setting records at the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships on Friday and Saturday.

Transylvania first-year Track and Field head coach Taylor Throckmorton was extremely pleased with his team's performances throughout the two-day event on the campus of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

"I couldn't be more proud of how the team represented themselves, our program, and our school this weekend," said Throckmorton. "At multi-day championships, it's always important to get off to a strong start, so it was great to kick off the meet on Friday with a couple of school records in Shelby Lewis breaking her own pole vault record with a vault of 2.97 meters and Rian Boelter breaking the triple jump record with a mark of 10.30 meters."

Like he has done all season, Smith showed his dominance in the men's javelin throw event, taking the victory with a final throw of 57.48 meters.

"One of the biggest highlights of the weekend was starting Saturday off with a very exciting men's javelin final," remarked Throckmorton. "Graham jumped out to an early lead which he held until round 5, when he was passed by one other athlete.  It came down to the very last throw of the competition, which Graham had and he delivered under pressure.  He only needed about half a meter to retake the lead, but threw a lifetime best and improved by over four meters to end up winning by over 10 feet.  A lot of Pioneers lost their voices on that one, it was a great moment for the team."

Senior Savannah Hemmer wrapped up her career at Transylvania with a strong weekend of competition. Hemmer placed third in the women's 100 meter finals with a time of 13.27 seconds, and then took second in the women's 200 meters with a time of 26.27 seconds in the final.

"Entering the meet, Savannah was seeded sixth in the 100 meters and seventh in the 200 and to end up top-three in both sprints is a testament to her mentality and preparation," remarked Throckmorton. "I'm so proud of her and happy for her that she was able to end her career earning her first two individual All-Conference honors."

For the meet, the women finished seventh overall with 41 total points, while the men's team finished 10th overall with 18 total points.

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