Greenwood, Ind. – Returning from a collection of triumphant displays over their spring break travels, five different Transylvania student-athletes claimed Player of the Week awards for the week ending March 19.
Transylvania senior Jordin Fender was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's track athlete of the week, while freshman Gunnar Eaton received the HCAC men's field athlete of the week award. Transylvania junior pitcher Renae Morton was named the HCAC Pitcher of the Week for softball.
Pioneers junior attack Julia Ward was named the Ohio River Women's Lacrosse Conference Offensive Player of the Week, and senior Cooper Fogle received the Ohio River Men's Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week award.
Fender, coming off of her first Indoor Track All-American award after taking second place in the women's 60 meter hurdles final at the season-ending NCAA Indoor Championships, got her outdoor season off to a fast start at the Bob Davidson Kick-off at Division I High Point University last Saturday.
The Lexington, Kentucky native (Paul Laurence Dunbar HS) competed in the women's 100 meter hurdles event against a field of exclusively Division I athletes to take ninth place in a time of 14.68 seconds. That time is currently the second-fastest time in Division III for the event. Fender also raced in the women's 100 meter race, finishing in 12.66 seconds to notch a top-20 time nationally at the Division III level.
The award is the first outdoor track athlete of the week accolade for Fender in 2017, and the third overall for the senior this spring.
Eaton, a freshman from Glasgow, Ky. (Barren Co.), set school and personal records in both the men's hammer throw and discus at High Point University on Saturday. Eaton set a new school record in the discus with a throw of 35.08 meters, and followed it with a 34.79 meter throw in the hammer event. The award is the first of Eaton's career.
Morton, a junior from Olivet, Michigan (Olivet HS), had a dominant week as the Pioneers softball team played 12 games in Florida at the Rebel Spring Games and went 10-2 against competition. Morton appeared in nine of the 12 games to pitch, ringing up 57 strikeouts against 11 walks.
Morton collected four wins for the week, which was capped off with a no-hitter against nationally-ranked No. 5 Luther College on Saturday, collecting seven strikeouts against one walk in a 1-0 victory for the Pioneers. Morton worked 47.2 innings over the seven-day stretch. Her award marks the second consecutive week that Morton has been selected as the best pitcher in the HCAC.
Fogle, a senior from Louisville, Kentucky (Ballard HS) was named the ORLC Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the week after propelling the Pioneers to a set of wins this past week. Fogle had 21 saves in two games for the Pioneers, saving better than 67 percent of shots taken against him. Fogle limited opponents to nine goals over two games while claiming 12 ground balls for the week. The award is the first of the season for Fogle, and his third career player of the week award.
Ward, a junior from Dayton, Ohio (Chaminade-Julienne), claimed her first player of the week award this season with a seven-goal week for Transylvania as the women's lacrosse team went 2-0 on the road. Ward had five goals in a 12-10 win over Fitchburg State on March 13, and followed that performance with a six-point performance in a 17-2 win against Becker on March 15. Ward had 11 points for the week along with seven draw controls. It is the second award of Ward's career.
Transylvania student-athletes have now collected 30 conference player of the week awards for the 2016-17 seasons.