Lexington, Ky. – Three Pioneers claimed individual championships as the Transylvania track and field team completed a successful voyage to the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University on Saturday.
Transylvania's first championship came via Graham Smith, who defended his title in the men's javelin throw with a final throw of 59.47 meters, a new Transylvania school record.
"Graham has had a bit of a rough season this year so for him to defend his conference title took a great deal of maturity and poise," remarked head coach Taylor Throckmorton, who measured up his team's vast improvement across a slew of events. "He and Coach Roden made some adjustments to his technique this week which can be risky going into a championship meet but it certainly paid off. He is a great example of how sometimes things don't happen in the timeline that you want them to, but if you stay true to the process, the results will come."
On the women's side, Rian Boelter claimed the title of champion in the women's triple jump event with a Transylvania record-breaking jump of 10.87 meters in the finals on Saturday. Boelter also placed fifth in the women's long jump and high jump events to complete a busy weekend for the junior.
"I am so immensely proud of Rian for winning a conference title," remarked Throckmorton. "Her dedication to the process has resulted in her slowly but surely turning into an athlete that can win the triple jump title by more than two feet. We ask a lot of her each season but she always rises to the occasion and impresses us."
On the track, Taylor Allen claimed the HCAC crown in the women's 400-meter dash with a time of 58.72 seconds in the finals, a new program record.
"Taylor handled the weekend exceptionally well by running her prelim under control and not wasting energy," said Throckmorton. "It's rare to see such maturity from a first-year and it certainly contributed to her being able to run such an incredible time in the final."
Both the Transylvania women's and men's teams finished in sixth place overall at the meet. The women's team accumulated 60 points, while the men's team finished the weekend with 49 points.
Overall, Throckmorton was pleased with the way his team prepared for and competed in this weekend's championship meet. "This sport is a lifestyle sport," added Throckmorton. "In order to be successful, you have to do more than just show up to practice. You have to eat well, stay hydrated, sleep enough, and manage stress. To do all that while being a successful college student is not easy but our athletes have embraced this challenge and this weekend's results show it. I can't say enough about what this group was able to accomplish this season. The amount of growth achieved in just this one season is truly incredible."
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