TERRE HAUTE, Ind.- The Transylvania men's and women's track and field
teams broke four school records and tied another on the way to eighth
place finishes at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)
Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The meet opened with the field events, where junior Erin Marek broke
the first school record on the day in the women's long jump. Marek's
best jump of 4.83 meters was good for a fourth place finish, an event
she was seeded eleventh entering the competition. Her jump was also a
personal record, which she extended by 19 centimeters.
As the running events began, the men's and women's distance medley
relay teams placed eighth and sixth, respectively. This unique relay
consists of four members running the varied distances of 1200, 400,
800, and 1600 meters. The men's team consisted of freshman Michael
Burns, senior Brian Daffin, junior Chris Saldaña, and sophomore Kyle
Sprague. The women's relay was run by freshman Kelsey Clater, senior
Elizabeth Hardt, sophomore Cora Kerber, and sophomore Shelby Catlett.
In the first sprint event of the day, the 60 meter dash, the Pioneers
set a school record on the men's side and tied the record on the
women's. Sophomore Cole Green took down his men's record twice in one
day, once in the preliminary round and again in the finals. Green
dropped 0.12 seconds off his old record in the finals for a 7.07
second performance that earned him a fourth place finish in the event.
On the women's side, freshman Savannah Hemmer tied the 60 meter dash
record in the preliminary rounds with a time of 8.35 seconds, where
she went on to place fifth in the finals. Junior Shelby Auxier also
placed in the event, narrowly edging her teammate in the finals for a
season-best time and a fourth place finish overall.
Entering the event as the top-seeded women's 4x200 meter relay, run by
Auxier, Hemmer, Marek, and junior Katie Cohron, the Pioneers hit a
rough patch when Marek was tripped up in traffic on the second leg of
the relay and hit the track. Showing true grit and resilience though
the ladies fought back for a second place finish. The men's 4x200
meter relay team took seventh in the event, which was run by Green,
sophomores Henry Kramer and Evan Reister, and freshman Aaron Botts.
Sprague returned to the track in the men's mile to break the Pioneers'
third record on the day. His time of 4:50.74 bested his previous
personal and school record by nearly half a second.
One of the top individual performances of the day belonged to Cohron
in the women's 400 meter dash. Cohron ran a season best time of
1:00.90 in the event, which earned her a third place finish. Her time
was only a quarter of a second off her personal indoor best and
current school record.
In the women's 800 meter run, Kerber returned to the track to run a
season best time of 2:28.13, which was good for a fifth place finish.
She was able to improve upon her seventh place seed with which she
entered the event.
The men's and women's 200 meter dashes provided more top performances
and the final school record of the day. Green, building upon his
earlier success, dropped nearly two-tenths of a second off his
personal and school record, as well as nearly a half second off his
season best. His time of 22.57 earned him a third place finish. Hemmer
and Marek also continued their earlier success to place sixth and
The final event for the Pioneers capped off an exciting day with a
second place finish in the women's 4x400 meter relay. Cohron, Hemmer,
Auxier, and Marek didn't let the events from the earlier relay rattle
them as they cruised to a season best time of 4:13.58 after a tough
day of competition and top performances.
The women's team bested last year's HCAC Indoor Championships point
total by seven to post a program best 47 points in their eighth place
finish. The men scored 14 points en route to their eighth place
The women's competition was won by Franklin College and the men's by
host Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
"Although it wasn't a perfect day all-around," said head coach Heidi
Pinkerton, "I was pleased with our top performances and think the
program is heading in a positive direction. We have good momentum
headed into the outdoor season and I look forward to seeing how we
The HCAC Indoor Championships marked the final indoor competition for
Transylvania. The Pioneers will open their outdoor campaign on March
13-14 at Coastal Carolina University when they travel to Myrtle Beach,
SC for spring break.