Wilmington, Ohio - Representing the last chance to run before the conference championships, multiple members of the Transylvania cross country team posted personal-best times at Friday afternoon's Jenna Strong Classic invite.
The meet, hosted by Wilmington College saw a sweeping pattern of success for members of the men's and women's Transy cross country teams. Five members on the men's team set personal records on Friday, while three runners on the women's side also established personal bests.
Both the men's and women's squads each offered a star-studded performance.
The men's team competed in an 8K race which produced a personal best for freshman Charlie Jordan, who continues to have a strong fall season. Jordan ran a personal-best time of 27:55.0, marking the fourth-fastest time in Transylvania's men's cross country history. Jordan eclipsed his previous best in the 8K by 1:04.
Other PRs by the men's team were registered by senior Evan Reister, who blew his previous 8K PR out of the water by over a minute with a finish of 29:11.8.
It was a big day for freshman Jordan Hancock, who finished third among the Pioneers men's contingent and also set a personal best as he crossed the line in 29:47.4. Sophomore Nicolas Johnston came in fourth on the Pioneer ledger and established his personal best in 30:39.9. One last PR was set on the men's side by freshman Michael Clore, who crossed the line in 31:08.3. Sophomore Brian Mudrak finished in the top-five of the Pioneers men, completing the race in 30:53.0.
Sophomore Becca Facktor matched Jordan in re-writing the records list on the women's end, as her time of 20:26.3 in the women's 5K was the 12th fastest time in Transylvania women's cross country history. Two more runners set PRs, as senior Cora Kerber broke the tape in 21:06.5, and freshman Ashley Dragan finished in 23:11.0.
Junior Elizabeth Deaton finished in the top-three for the Pioneers women in Friday's race as she timed in at 21:47.2.
Transylvania cross country head coach Heidi Pinkerton had an optimistic view of Friday's results, saying, "We knew this was a fast course, so we took advantage of it. It was a great confidence vooster for our last meet before conference (HCAC Championships)."
The Friday race presented the final tuneup before the Pioneers return for one of the biggest races of the year in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships, set to begin in two weeks.
"We are going to stay focused on our goals for the HCAC championships and give it everything we've got. Then on to regionals," said Pinkerton.
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