Track and Field's Pioneer Invitational called off due to snow

snowing at the stadium

Lexington, Ky. – The unrelenting elements of Mother Nature prevailed on Saturday as the 2018 Pioneer Invitational was cancelled due to an ongoing pattern of winter weather that fell over Pat Deacon Stadium.

The lone home event for the Transylvania track and field team, Saturday's annual celebration of regional collegiate track and field was cancelled after the morning began with hard rain that delayed the start of the 11:00 a.m. running events.

As event crews waited out the rain and continued to clean the track, the rain turned into snow flurries that covered the track for the rest of the morning, leading to the cancellation of the event.

The competing teams were able to complete certain field events before the rest of the meet was called off, including the javelin, held on Friday night, along with the high jump, long jump, and hammer throw.

Despite the harrowing conditions, Transylvania track and field head coach Taylor Throckmorton derived positives from the weekend.

"The brief preview we had of our team this weekend looked really promising," said Throckmorton. "Having our javelin throwers sweep the top three spots at home with Rian Boelter taking second in the women's flight was really a fun moment. Our throws group has been improving relentlessly this year and it looks like the outdoor season will be no different."

The Pioneers are scheduled to compete next in the Hanover Invitational on Saturday, March 31 in Hanover, Indiana.

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