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Transylvania hurdles star Fender is school’s 1st track All-American

Transylvania’s Jordin Fender, center, finished fourth the in 100 hurdles at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships.
Transylvania’s Jordin Fender, center, finished fourth the in 100 hurdles at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships. Transylvania

Transylvania’s Jordin Fender, a junior out of Paul Laurence Dunbar, delivered a fourth-place finish in the women’s 100-meter hurdles in the program’s first trip to the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships. Fender crossed the line in 14.29 seconds at the meet in Waverly, Iowa, to become Transylvania’s first All-American in track and field.

“We knew Jordin had a chance this year to get into nationals,” Transylvania Coach Heidi Pinkerton said. “She’s a hard worker, she listens when you critique her, she takes it in, and she applies it to every race she enters, and I’m super fired up for her.”

Fender’s time came after she ran a personal-best 14.37 at the Ohio Wesleyan Great Lakes Meet last Thursday to earn a spot at the NCAAs. She came into the meet seeded 14th.

In Friday’s 100-meter hurdles preliminaries, Fender won the second of three heats in 14.28 seconds, again establishing a new personal best.

“(Setting top times) back-to-back shows a lot for her,” Pinkerton said. “I don’t think she could have run a better race today to get fourth place, and she’s on cloud nine.”

Prior to qualifying for nationals last week, Fender completed a sterling regular season by taking four first-place finishes at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s outdoor championships in Bluffton, Ohio.

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