Granville, Ohio– The Transylvania Indoor Track and Field team set numerous school and personal records on Saturday as the Pioneers took part in the Bob Shannon Invitational hosted by Denison University at the Mitchell Fieldhouse.
The performance continued a trend of overall improvement as the indoor season begins to wind down. "Things are starting to click for us as we get closer to postseason competition," remarked head coach Taylor Throckmorton. "Today we saw a number of breakthrough performances that we've been hoping to see over the past few weeks."
Transylvania picked up its first win of the day when the team of freshmen Taylor Allen and Maya Jazdzewski, junior Danielle Blount, and sophomore Kali Nolan took first place in the women's 4x200 meter relay with a time of 1:53.87.
"Having our women's 4x200 meter relay team get the event win was huge," commented Throckmorton. "The event was very early in the meet and helped set the tone for the rest of the day."
On the men's side, freshman Jacob Burnam placed fourth in the mile run with a stellar time of 4:29.58, the fastest time among Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference runners on Saturday. Burnam also placed eighth in the men's 3000 meter run with a mark of 9:27.66.
"Jacob has put together an amazing few weeks of racing," said Throckmorton. "His work ethic is showing week in and week out as he continues to break records every time he steps on the track."
Transylvania junior Gunnar Eaton had a phenomenal day, placing third in the men's weight throw event with a mark of 14.95 meters, breaking his own school record.
"Gunnar was another one of the student-athletes that finally had the breakthrough we've been looking for today," commented Throckmorton. "He added almost two feet to his own school record and I know he has more in the tank."
The Transylvania women's team finished the day in ninth place overall with 22 total points, while the men's team finished 11th with 16 total points.
"Overall, the school records keep falling, the personal bests keep coming, and we're catching more and more momentum each week as we get closer to the conference championships," said Throckmorton. "We just have to keep working and trusting the process and know that we will be in peak shape to perform when it matters most."
The Pioneers will be back in action on Saturday, February 9 as they travel to Greencastle, Indiana for the DePauw Invitational. The meet is set for an 11:00 a.m. start at the DePauw Indoor Track Center.
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