Lexington, Ky. – Following a highly successful regular season, the Transylvania Track & Field team will now shift its attention to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The meet gets underway Friday, April 26, at 3:00 p.m. with race prelims and field events. Event finals will take place beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27.
Under the guidance of second-year head coach Taylor Throckmorton, Transylvania has rewritten the record books by breaking over 20 program records this season.
"We are very eager to compete at the HCAC Championships this weekend," says Throckmorton. "As a program, we have broken 23 school records this season. There isn't a single event group where the athletes aren't improving and breaking records."
Leading the way for Transylvania on the track will be the freshmen duo of Taylor Allen and Jacob Burnam. Allen will compete in the women's 200 and 400-meter races while Burnam will take part in the men's 800 and 1,500-meter runs.
Allen currently ranks first in the HCAC with a 400-meter time of 59.97 seconds, the only sub-minute time in the conference this season.
The Pioneer jump squad has put together a particularly strong 2019 outdoor season. In the women's triple jump, Rian Boelter jumped an HCAC-best 10.56 meters at the DePauw Invitational.
On the men's side, Hakeim Reedel currently boasts the second-farthest long jump in the conference this season with a mark of 6.61 meters, while Malik Jackson ranks second among HCAC jumpers in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 13.24 meters. Both Reedel and Jackson set their marks at the Centre Twilight meet.
"Coach Ali Boice has done an unbelievable job building up our jumpers and creating a core of points that we know we can rely on in any meet," says Throckmorton. "Hakeim and Rian have increased their jumps by over two feet. These kinds of improvements are rare to see in one year and for it to happen to multiple athletes in one event group is a sign that both the athletes and coach are dialed into something special."
The Transylvania duo of Graham Smith and Gunnar Eaton currently rank second and third in the HCAC in the men's javelin throw event. Smith's season-best throw of 57.94 meters and Eaton's mark of 48.90 meters each came at the Pioneer Invitational on March 22. Additionally, Boelter posted a throw of 34.81 meters at the Centre Twilight meet, a mark that currently ranks third in the HCAC in the women's javelin throw this season.
"Throws is another area that will be key for us," observes Throckmorton. "Coach Matt Roden has mentored some incredible change in that event area this year and we are currently in a position to score big points in the javelin with Graham, Gunnar, and Rian all being ranked in the top three. The throws group alone has broken five school records this season and it is incredible to see the confidence and growth as a result."
Admission to the HCAC Outdoor Championships is $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and non-HCAC affiliated students for a single day ticket. Two-day tickets may be purchased by adults for $15 and senior citizens and non-HCAC affiliated students for $8. 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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