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TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY LEXINGTON, KY NCAA DIVISION III

Jordin Fender Lexington, Ky. 2016 NCAA All-American

2017 Media Guide 1


NCAA DIVISION III LEXINGTON, KY TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY

Transylvania

WELCOME TO

President Seamus Carey

As a former college athlete, I understand the value of participating in competitive athletics while pursuing a degree at an institution that embraces academic rigor. The things you learn about yourself and the principles of discipline, teamwork, commitment and resilience will gird you for a lifetime of challenges. You’ll also make lifelong friends and find valuable mentors among your coaches and the athletics staff. As a member of NCAA Division III, Transylvania is committed to the student-athlete ideal. In fact, 41 percent of our students participate in our 26 intercollegiate teams. We challenge our student-athletes to demonstrate high standards of character and achievement both in the classroom and on the field. Since Transylvania’s transition to the NCAA in 2001, the Pioneers have earned 48 conference championships, more than 30 NCAA tournament appearances, 47 Coach of the Year awards and 47 All-American athlete awards.

Transylvania occupies a unique and historic position in American higher education. Founded in 1780 as the first college west of the Allegheny Mountains, Transylvania was a pioneer in bringing the light of learning to what was then the nation’s frontier. Today, the university is a highly regarded liberal arts college with a reputation for the quality of our academics and the personal approach we bring to teaching and learning. With 40 majors and a number of pre-professional programs, Transylvania offers excellent preparation for graduate and professional school as well as a variety of careers immediately following graduation. Our athletic teams are called the Pioneers, and that’s not only a tribute to our honored past—it’s a way of thinking that pervades our vision of the future. Our liberal arts program emphasizes questioning and creative thinking, and that’s what leads to pioneering discoveries and notable contributions to society. Couple that with athletic competition and community spirit is amplified. We hope you’ll join us as we enthusiastically support our student-athletes—our Pioneers and the community’s future leaders.

Seamus Carey President Transylvania University

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General Information

QUICK FACTS

The 2017 Track & Field media guide was designed and compiled by Sports Information Director Justin Sweeney and Assistant Director of Sports Information Neal Settle

Student-athletes are representative of the general student population and are afforded similar opportunities and Season Outlook and Review treatment. Programs, staff and facilities reflect the Lettermen Returning..............................................................12 excellence of the institution and contribute to the quality Lettermen Lost..........................................................................1 of campus life. Newcomers................................................................................7

Cross Country Staff

Head Coach.....................................................Heidi Pinkerton Assistant Coaches..............................................Max Coleman Christian Spaulding Strength and Conditioning....................................Mike Caro Track and Field Office Phone........................(859)-281-3557 Twitter...........................................................@TransyXCTrack

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Credits

The Department of Athletics provides equitable opportunities and support for male and female students to participate in intercollegiate athletics and to compete successfully in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Ohio Athletic Conference, Ohio River Lacrosse Conference and Southern Athletics Association. All activities hold paramount the academic, personal and physical welfare of the student-athlete and emphasize physical fitness, self-discipline, teamwork, leadership and the highest standards of ethics, sportsmanship and personal performance.

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Asst. AD of Compliance........................................Keith Cecil Asst. AD of Marketing.....................................Kyle Dunaway Exec. Asst. to VP ..........................................Parviz Zartoshty of Enrollment & Student Life Sports Information Director..........................Justin Sweeney Asst. Director of Sports Information...................Neal Settle Faculty Athletics Representative...........................Judy Jones Business Manager......................................Diana Whitehouse Title IX Coordinator.........................Ashley Hinton-Moncer

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Location...............................................................Lexington, Ky. Founded................................................................................1780 Affiliation....................................................NCAA Division III Conference.................................................Heartland (HCAC) Colors........................................................Crimson and White Mascot...........................................................................Pioneers President.......................................................Dr. Seamus Carey VP of Enrollment & Student Life..............Dr. Holly Sheilley Business Manager......................................Diana Whitehouse Athletic Department Phone............................(859)233-8270 Athletics Mission Statement Address...................300 N. Broadway, Lexington, Ky. 40508 The Transylvania intercollegiate athletics program is Website.................................................www.transysports.com integral to the university’s educational mission and operates under the principles of amateur athletics and Athletic Administration VP of Enrollment & Student Life..............Dr. Holly Sheilley fair play, as established by the National Collegiate Athletic Senior Associate AD.................................... Mary Struckhoff Association (NCAA) Division III.


NCAA DIVISION III LEXINGTON, KY TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY

STAND OUT Hone your critical thinking and writing skills—abilities employers and grad schools prize—and challenge your mind and imagination through a liberal arts education.

GET PREPPED Immerse yourself in a supportive community, intimate enough for professors to really know you, with peers who believe you’re capable of more than you ever dreamed.

LIVE BIG

CONNECT FOREVER

Make the most of living and learning in the heart of Lexington, a friendly and creative city, with easy access to internships, jobs and infinite opportunities to build your future.

Become a part of the large and welcoming Transylvania network where lifetime friendships are made and career networking opportunities thrive.

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LEXINGTON,KY KY NCAA NCAADIVISION DIVISIONIII III LEXINGTON, TRANSYLVANIAUNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY TRANSYLVANIA

Transylvania has enjoyed more than a decade of success since joining the NCAA Division III in 2004. The athletics community has excelled both on and off the field, with student-athletes thriving in the classroom and in competition.

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ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE

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CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

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COACH OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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ALL-AMERICANS

NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES

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BACK TO BACK ORLC CHAMPIONS


Transylvania’s athletic training staff strives to provide the highest quality healthcare to its student-athletes. The Certified Athletic Trainers are highly qualified and trained medical professionals with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences.

Transylvania has two athletic training rooms for its student-athletes. The main athletic training room is on the performance floor of the Beck Center with the secondary training room located in the field house at the Athletics Complex and both are open daily. Each training room is equipped with state-of-the-art injury prevention and rehabilitation equipment.

LIBBY COLE ASST. ATHLETIC TRAINER

Libby Cole begins her third year with the Transylvania sports medicine staff in 2016-17 after two years at Division I Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. At Wright State, Cole worked as a graduate assistant and certified athletic trainer. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Miami (Ohio) University before earning a masters degree in physical education and sports management from Wright State. in 2014

KYLE SUTTON ASST. ATHLETIC TRAINER

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Transylvania partners with Lexington Clinic Sports Medicine Center to provide our student-athlete healthcare. Lexington Clinic orthopedic surgeons David Dome, Peter Hester, Ben Kibler and Trevor Wilkes serve as team doctors for the university and make weekly campus visits, eliminating the need to travel off-campus.

Nick Reuss begins his sixth year with the Transylvania sports medicine staff and his first as Director of Sports Medicine for the 2016-17 season. Reuss joined the Transylvania sports medicine staff in 2011. He holds a Master of Science in recreation and sport sciences from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science in athletic training from Ohio University. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and is certified by the Kinesio Taping Association as a Kinesio Taping Practitioner.

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The sports medicine staff is fully accredited by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The staff specializes in the prevention, assessment and rehabilitation of injuries to our student-athletes. Athletic trainers have been recognized by the American Medical Association as allied healthcare professionals since 1990.

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Sports Medicine

NICK REUSS DIRECTOR OF SPORTS MEDICINE

Kyle Sutton joined the Transylvania Athletics Sports Medicine Staff as Assistant Athletic Trainer in 2016. Sutton brings over seven years of experience in athletic training to his role at Transylvania. Sutton has previously worked at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington as Head Athletic Trainer from 2015-16 and as Head Athletic Trainer at Westerville Central High School from 2008-15. Sutton received a Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science from Oklahoma State University in 2008 and a Bachelor of Science in Allied Medical Professions from The Ohio State University in 2006.

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TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY

LEXINGTON, KY

NCAA DIVISION III

Pioneers Coaching Staff

Heidi Pinkerton Head Coach The Heidi Pinkerton era has witnessed immense growth for both the Transylvania Track and Field and Cross Country programs. Pinkerton is in her sixth year as the Head Coach for Transylvania Track and Field and Cross Country. Over that period, Pinkerton has grown both squads into premier programs in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference while bringing each team into towards the national spotlight.

In producing the best student-athletes in the sprinting events, Pinkerton’s track and field squad also furnished the 2016 HCAC Track Athletes of the Year in Fender and Green as the two repeated as back-to-back award winners after winning 2015 HCAC Track Athlete of the Year honors. Fender’s 2016 season served as a defining moment for the progression of Pinkerton’s program. Following Fender’s four-title showing at the HCAC Outdoor Championships, the junior sprinter qualified for the NCAA Championships at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where she went on to take fourth place in the 100 meter hurdles final, becoming the first All-American in Transylvania program history.

“Every year, the aim is to improve this program into becoming one of the top teams in the conference and Pinkerton’s guidance of the track and field program pushing more student-athletes into appearances at the has entailed developing the team into a year-round national level,” says Pinkerton. championship machine. Not only did her latest edition of the outdoor Pioneers team achieve The 2016 season was a landmark campaign for multiple championships, but the Transylvania Pinkerton’s track and field squad; for the second Indoor Track and Field team made new strides in straight year, the Pioneers captured victories in the 2016. men’s and women’s 100 and 200 meter races at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor The Pioneers solidified their standing at the top of Championships as student-athletes Cole Green and the HCAC pecking order in indoor competition in Jordin Fender carried respective wins in those events. 2016 by capturing titles in six events at the 2016 HCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Additional victories came at the conference with Fender and Green again leading the way as championships as Fender set a conference record in both earned conference Indoor Track Athlete of winning the 100 hurdles. Transylvania captured the the Year awards. championship in the women’s 4x100 meter relay to take the conference title in that event for the third straight season. 10


Pioneers Coaching Staff TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY

Heidi Pinkerton Head Coach

As head coach of the Pioneers track and field and cross country programs, Pinkerton draws upon a diverse career as a collegiate athlete and coaching stops at the NCAA Division I level.

Pinkerton holds a master’s degree in coaching education from Ohio University, and a USATF Level I Coaching License. She is also a Certified Endurance Event Specialist as awarded by the Track and Field Academy. Pinkerton lives in Lexington with her Husband, Norman.

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NCAA DIVISION III

As a collegiate athlete, Pinkerton ran both cross country and track at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was a team captain in both sports. Pinkerton finished third in the Southern Conference Cross Country Championships in 2004, and was an All-Southern Conference selection in 2003 and 2004. While at Greensboro, Pinkerton set the school record in the steeplechase.

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Prior to Transylvania, Pinkerton was the head cross country coach and assistant track coach at Guilford College from 2008 to 2011. During her tenure, Pinkerton coached a pair of Division III All-South Region performers in 2009-10 and helped guide the men’s cross country team to a second-place conference showing in 2010. She was also an instructor in weightlifting at Guilford College, while holding a number of administrative positions.


TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY

LEXINGTON, KY

NCAA DIVISION III

Pioneers Coaching Staff

Max Coleman Assistant Coach

Max Coleman, most recently a two-year graduate assistant coach with Springfield College, joined Transylvania’s Track and Field and Cross Country Staff in June 2016. A high-jumper and long-jumper during his four years as a student-athlete at NCAA Division I High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, Coleman brings that personal expertise to the Pioneers along with two years of success at Springfield. As assistant coach with the Pioneers, Coleman’s duties will focus on sprints and hurdles, a department the Pioneers have enjoyed great success with in the past few years. A native of Trumbull, Connecticut, Coleman specialized in coaching sprints, jumps, and hurdles while obtaining a master’s Degree at Springfield. In his two years as an assistant at Springfield, Coleman helped develop two All-Americans; Coleman guided one student-athlete to a second-place showing in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships while coaching another to a seventh-place finish in the women’s 60m final at the Indoor Track and Field Championships (a school-record time in the event).

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Christian Spaulding Assistant Coach Christian Spaulding joins the Transylvania track and field coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2017 season. Spaulding specializes in throws and jumps with the Transylvania track and field team, arriving to Lexington after recently completing a storied collegiate career at NCAA Division I High Point University. As a collegiate athlete, Spaulding competed in the javelin, discus, shot put, and the weight throw during indoor seasons, setting the standard in most of those events for High Point and Big South student-athletes. Spaulding won 11 different meets during his career in javelin toss, setting his college-best mark in the event during the 2016 season with a throw of 69.18 meters. The Middletown, New Jersey product won a collection of awards over his college career, including the Ecuadorian Sub-23 Javelin National Championship. Spaulding was a 2016 NCAA Division I All-American Honorable Mention, and a four-time All-Big South Conference award-winner. He holds the record at High Point in Weight Throw and Javelin Throw. After his 2011-2012 season, Spaulding was named the High Point University Athletics’ Freshman of the Year.


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2017 Track & Field Roster NAME.

CLASS.

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

Fr.

Lexington, Ky. / Henry Clay

Michael Clore

Fr.

Owensboro, Ky. / Owensboro Catholic

Bradley Easterling

Jr.

Hartford, Ky. / Ohio Co.

Gunnar Eaton

Fr.

Glasgow, Ky. / Barren Co.

Justin Garagnani

So.

Bardstown, Ky. / Thomas Nelson

Cole Green

Sr.

Oak Ridge, Tenn. / Oak Ridge

Jordan Hancock

Fr.

Greenville, Ky. / Muhlenberg

Michael Hanna

So.

Hazard, Ky. / Hazard Independent

Giovanni Hernandez

Sr.

Santa Ana, Calif. / Godinez Fundamental

Malik Jackson

So.

Lexington, KY / Tates Creek

Nicholas Johnston

So.

Verona, Ky. / Walton Verona

Charlie Jordan

Fr.

Cincinnati, Ohio / Mariemont

Nathan McCullough

So.

Lexington, Ky. / Lafayette

Evan Reister

Sr.

Mount Washington, Ky. / Bullitt East

Jared Robertson-Noel

Jr.

Lexington, Ky. / Bryan Station

Simon Yount

Fr.

Lawrenceburg, Ky. / Anderson Co.

Danielle Blount

Fr.

Atlanta, Ga. / Blessed Trinity Catholic

Elizabeth Deaton

Fr.

Tuscan, Ariz. / Pima Community College

Ashley Dragan

Fr.

Burlington, Ky. / Cooper

Rebecca Facktor

So.

Louisville, Ky. / Ballard

Jordin Fender

Sr.

Lexington, Ky. / Dunbar

Savannah Hemmer

Jr.

Covington, Ky. / Notre Dame Academy

Bethany Herron

Jr.

Versailles, Ky. / Woodford Co.

Zoe Jessie

Fr.

Louisville, Ky. / Holy Cross

Chetali Jhamnani

So.

Louisville, Ky. / Walden

Olivia Kee

So.

Greenup, Ky. / Rose Hill

Shelby Lewis

So.

Owensboro, Ky. / Apollo

Jennai Mitchell

Fr.

Paducah, Ky. / Paducah Tilghman

Melanie Peterson

Jr.

Chattanooga, Tenn. / Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences

Kailey Price

Fr.

Greenville, Ind. / Floyd Central

Taylor Sanders

Sr.

Burgin, Ky. / Burgin Co.

Alex Voelker

Fr.

Jeffersonville, Ind. / Presentation Academy

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NCAA DIVISION III LEXINGTON, KY TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY

Braxton Burton Freshman Lexington, Ky. Henry Clay

Michael Clore Freshman Owensboro, Ky. Owensboro Catholic

Bradley Easterling Junior Hartford, Ky. Ohio Co.

Gunnar Eaton Freshman

Justin Garagnani Sophomore Bardstown, Ky. Thomas Nelson

Cole Green Senior Oak Ridge, Tenn. Oak Ridge

Jordan Hancock Freshman Greenville, Ky. Muhlenberg

Michael Hanna Sophomore Hazard, Ky. Hazard Independent

Giovanni Hernandez Senior Santa Ana, Calif. Godinez Fundamental

Malik Jackson Sophomore Lexington, KY Tates Creek

Nicholas Johnston Sophomore Verona, Ky. Walton Verona

Charlie Jordan Freshman Cincinnati, Ohio Mariemont

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Jared Robertson-Noel Junior Lexington, Ky. Bryan Station

Simon Yount Freshman Lawrenceburg, Ky. Anderson Co.

Danielle Blount Freshman Atlanta, Ga. Blessed Trinity Catholic

Elizabeth Deaton Freshman Tuscan, Ariz. Pima Community College

Ashley Dragan Freshman Burlington, Ky. Cooper

Rebecca Facktor Sophomore Louisville, Ky. Ballard

Bethany Herron Junior Versailles, Ky. Woodford Co.

Chetali Jhamnani Sophomore Louisville, Ky. Walden

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Evan Reister Senior Mount Washington, Ky. Bullitt East

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Nathan McCullough Sophomore Lexington, Ky. Lafayette

Savannah Hemmer Junior Covington, Ky. Notre Dame Academy

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Jordin Fender Senior Lexington, Ky. Dunbar


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Olivia Kee Sophomore Greenup, Ky. Rose Hill

Shelby Lewis Sophomore Owensboro, Ky. Apollo

Melanie Peterson Junior Chattanooga, Tenn. Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences

Kailey Price Freshman Grenville, Ind. Floyd Central

Not pictured: Zoe Jessie and Alex Voelker

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Jennai Mitchell Freshman Paducah, Ky. Paducah Tilghman

Taylor Sanders Senior Burgin, Ky. Burgin Co.


TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY LEXINGTON, KY NCAA DIVISION III

2016-17 Schedule Sat., Jan. 14 Sat., Jan. 21 Sat., Jan. 28 Sat., Feb. 4 Sat., Feb. 18 Fri., Mar.10 Mar. 11 Sat., Ma Fri., Mar. 17 Sat., Mar. 18 Sat., Apr. 1 Sat., Apr. 8 Sat., Apr. 15 Fri., Apr. 28 Sat., Apr. 29

at Otterbein Denison Rose-Hulman Anderson HCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Coastal Carolina Coastal Carolina Hanover University of the Cumberlands Mt. St. Joseph HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships

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