HCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Preview: Pioneers trending upward into Defiance

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Lexington, Ky. – With the regular season gone by, the Transylvania Track & Field team now turns its attention to this weekend's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio.

The meet gets underway Saturday, February 16, at 1:00 p.m. with race prelims and field events. Event finals will take place later in the afternoon, followed by an 8 p.m. awards ceremony.

The young Pioneers have enjoyed a successful season of new school and personal records. Under the guidance of second-year head coach Taylor Throckmorton, Transylvania will look to continue that success over the coming weekend.

"We have been trending upward all season and I feel like every meet has been better than the one before," observes Throckmorton. "We've broken eight school records and too many personal bests to count, so I think we all feel pretty eager to give it one more shot this weekend."

The Transylvania jumps trio of Malik Jackson, Nathan McCullough, and Jordan Upton are primed for a strong meet this weekend, with Jackson currently ranked as the favorite to capture the men's triple jump crown.

"All year long, our men's jumpers have been a staple of our team, and our three triple jumpers are ranked first, second, and fifth in the conference," reflects Throckmorton. "They have what it takes to put multiple people on the podium, and it's always a great environment when your main rival for a conference championship is also one of your teammates."

Other Pioneers to watch throughout the weekend include freshman middle distance specialist Jacob Burnam in the men's 800-meter run and freshman sprinter Taylor Allen in the women's 400-meter sprint.

"We have a couple newcomers in Taylor and Jacob who have put together fantastic seasons so far," says Throckmorton. "They are going into the conference championship ranked in the top-three in their events, so it will be exciting to watch them contend for conference titles."

Admission to the HCAC Indoor Championships is $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and non-HCAC affiliated students (cash only). Students, faculty, and staff of HCAC-affiliated schools can attend for free with an HCAC-school ID. Children three and under are also admitted for free.

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