Transylvania track and field continues to improve at Jenna Strong Invitational

Transylvania track and field continues to improve at Jenna Strong Invitational

Wilmington, Ohio. – The Transylvania Track & Field team continued their outdoor season with a trip to Wilmington College for the Jenna Strong Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Transylvania head coach Taylor Throckmorton was pleased with his team's efforts throughout the meet. "Today was a big step in the right direction for the team, "said Throckmorton. "It was extremely cold for April, but no one let the weather be an excuse and we had a lot of personal bests throughout the day."

Leading the way for Transylvania was sophomore Branden Brookfield, who earned second place in the men's pole vault competition with a final vault of 4.00 meters.

A pair of school records fell again on Saturday as sophomore thrower Gunnar Eaton earned fifth place in the men's hammer throw with a final throw of 41.81 meters, while sophomore Simon Yount finished sixth in the men's discus throw with a mark of 38.63 meters.

"Gunnar and Simon both extended their own school records and continued their strong sophomore seasons," commented Throckmorton. "Both of them have a great work ethic and continue to develop very well." 

Eaton also took second place in the men's javelin throw event with a final throw of 44.23 meters.

Junior sprinter Olivia Kee continued to build upon her strong spring by placing third in the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.73.

Sophomore Kailey Price placed fourth in the women's discus throw with a mark of 33.52 meters and also ranked sixth in the women's high jump with a final jump of 1.45 meters.

"It was great to have Kailey Price score in two different events," remarked Throckmorton. "She hasn't had as much practice as some of the other athletes, having just come off of basketball season, so for her to set a personal best in high jump today is indicative of how strong of an athlete she is.  With a few more weeks of technique and some warmer weather, I'm really excited to see where this group can be."

For the meet, the men's team finished 10th overall with 26 total points, while the women finished ninth overall with 24 total points.

Up next, the Pioneers will travel the short distance down the road to Danville, Kentucky for the Centre College Twilight meet on Friday night, April 13.

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