HCAC Announces 2018-19 All-Decade Team

HCAC Announces 2018-19 All-Decade Team

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announces its second All-Decade team in 2018-19. The HCAC officially began competition in 1998-99 and the current year marks the 20th anniversary of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Within the past month, the HCAC has featured a three-piece series on the first All-Decade team. The 2018-19 All-Decade team features student-athletes from the HCAC member institutions that competed in the Heartland between 2008-09 and 2018-19. 

Anderson

Max Kittle, Men's Track and Field (2011-15)

A 2015 Anderson University grad, Kittle wrapped up his Raven career being named the HCAC Male Athlete of the Year in 2015. He capped off his track and field career as a five-time All-American. Kittle earned All-American honors in each of his last three seasons at AU. In 2013, he was an All-American in the 100 Meter Hurdles. In 2014, he added Indoor All-American honors in the 60 Meter Hurdles, later that season he earned All-American status in the 400 Meter Hurdles. He repeated those efforts in 2015. During his final campaign he was the HCAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, the HCAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and was a four-time HCAC Track Athlete Of the Week.

At the 2015 HCAC Indoor Championships, Kittle won the 60 Meter Hurdles, 200 Meter Dash and was part of the victorious 800 Meter Relay team. With a time of 22.31 in the 200, he set a new AU record. Earlier that season he set a new school mark in the 400 Meter Dash at 49.91.

Amy Wuestefeld, Softball & Women's Basketball (2009-13)

Amy Wuestefeld was a two-sport standout at Anderson University. In softball, Wuestefeld is second all-time in batting average (.415) and stolen bases (56) and third all-time in on-base percentage (.464). She is also in the top 10 in hits, runs scored, triples, sacrifice hits and stolen base percentage. Wuestefeld was the HCAC softball MVP in 2013, helping lead the Ravens to the Division III Softball World Series. She was a three-time All-HCAC selection. Wuestefeld also excelled as a Lady Raven basketball player. She was a second-team All-HCAC choice in 2013, leading the team in scoring (12.9), rebounding (6.4), assists (3.8) and steals (2.2). She was third in the league in steals, fourth in assists, sixth in scoring and eighth in rebounding.

Bluffton

Terrill Webb, Women's Track & Field (2014-17)

Terrill Webb was a standout pole-vaulter and relay member for Bluffton's track and field program from 2014-17. She was also a member of the soccer team during her freshman and sophomore years where she was the leading scorer both seasons.

She was the first female athlete to represent Bluffton at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA National Track and Field Championship meets where she vaulted two All-American clearances. At the indoor meet in 2016, Webb placed sixth, and set the current indoor school record of 12 feet and 5.5 inches. At the 2016 outdoor meet, she tied for third and set the current outdoor school record of 12 feet and 9.5 inches. She was also a 2017 indoor qualifier.

Throughout her college career, Webb has claimed three indoor HCAC pole vault championships, as well as two outdoor pole vault championships. During her freshman year, Webb broke the HCAC Championship meet record for both indoor and outdoor pole vault and reset them multiple times throughout her career. The HCAC honored Webb twice as the Women's Field Athlete of the Week, and in 2016, she was named HCAC Female Athlete of the Year.

Webb is also an outdoor All-Ohio champion and indoor runner-up, as well as a two-time Great Lakes All-Region honoree.

 "In this capacity throughout her career," said Karen Brandt, head track and field coach, "she has contributed significant points at conference championships in addition to what she has earned for the women's team in vault."

Ryan Aelker, Football (2013-16)

All-American Ryan Aelker was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Male Athlete of the Year following a senior season in which the defensive end was named the HCAC Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Aelker led the nation in sacks for two consecutive seasons, while adding the most tackles-for-loss in NCAA Division III during his final campaign. He racked up a school-record and NCAA-best 15.5 sacks as a senior and broke his own school record with 24 tackles for loss.

The Bluffton standout earned the Cliff Harris Award and was one of just two athletes in NCAA Division III to earn the honor which is presented to the top small college defensive player annually and he also earned All-America honors from D3football.com.

Aelker was the first player to earn HCAC Defensive MVP honors twice since Matt Lawless from MSJ (2004, 2006) and was only the second player to win the award in back-to-back seasons.

"Ryan's statistics and achievements make him one of the most talented and remarkable players to ever play for Bluffton University," said Bluffton head football coach Denny Dorrel. "I will look back on the two years I had the opportunity to coach Ryan as some of the best in my coaching career, not because of how he dominated opponents' offenses, but for the type of person Ryan was to me, my family, my coaches and his teammates."

Defiance

Tom Postema, Men's Track and Field (2010-13)

Tom Postema became a national champion in outdoor track and field in the hammer throw event at Defiance College. Postema currently holds the HCAC record in the outdoor hammer throw, outdoor discus and indoor weight throw and shotput.

Postema holds Defiance College records in outdoor shot put, discus and hammer throw while holding the indoor records in shot put and weight throw.He earned All-America honors in discus after a fourth place finish and also placed 18th at the United States Olympic Team Trials in 2016.

Kelsey Tietje, Women's Basketball (2014-17)

Kelsey Tietje was named the Duance Hockings Female Athlete of the Year after her 2016-17 senior season at Defiance. Tietje was a four time All-HCAC First Team selection and was named HCAC Freshman of the Year in 2013-14 before earning HCAC Player of the Year accolades her senior season. In her time as a Yellow Jacket, she was was a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection before moving to a Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-American and a third team selection as a junior. 

Tietje made the All-Great Lakes Region team as well as garnering a USBWA Division III National Player of the Year honor as a junior. She was also a three time selection on the Tom Bohlsen Academic All-HCAC. Tietje currently holds the Defiance all-time records for rebounds (1,257) and points (1,919).

Earlham

Nate Lynch, Baseball (2014-17)

- 2017 ABCA Second Team All-Mideast Region
- 2017 D3baseball.com Third Team All-Mideast Region
- 2017 HCAC Most Valuable Player
- 2017 First Team All-HCAC
- 2016 Honorable Mention All-HCAC
- 2015 Honorable Mention All-HCAC
- Led NCAA Division III in stolen bases (47) in 2017, and was second in stolen bases per game (1.09).
- Holds Earlham records for career hits (192), runs scored (138), stolen bases (87).
- Among Earlham career leaders for batting average (5th, .356), at bats (3rd, 540), and triples (4th, 8).
- Holds Earlham single season records for hits (73 - 2017), runs (55 - 2017), and stolen bases (47 - 2017), and is among single season leaders in at bats (T-2nd, 181 - 2017).
- Earned one HCAC weekly honor when he was named Hitter of the Week on 5/1/2017.
- Helped lead Earlham baseball to its first HCAC Championship in 2017, and the first NCAA post-season appearance by any Earlham team.

Joy Doucette, Women's Soccer (2010-13)

- 2012 NSCAA First Team All-Great Lakes Region
- 2012 HCAC Most Valuable Player
- 2012 First Team All-HCAC
- 2011 NSCAA Third Team All-Great Lakes Region
- 2011 First Team All-HCAC
- 2010 NSCAA Third Team All-Great Lakes Region
- 2010 First Team All-HCAC
- 2009 Second Team All-North Coast Athletic Conference
- 2009 North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year
- In 2012, led the HCAC with 33 points and 11 assists, and was second in the HCAC with 11 goals.
- In 2011, led the HCAC with six assists, and was second in the HCAC with 24 points.
- In 2010, set a new Earlham record with 12 assists, to go with 11 goals.
- Led Earlham to HCAC regular season championships in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
- Earned three Player of the Week awards over her career: two from the HCAC (10/11/2010 and 10/15/2012) and one from the North Coast Athletic Conference (11/1/2009).
- Finished her career as Earlham's leader in career assists (34), and second among career leaders in goals (38), points (110), and game-winning goals (13).

Franklin

Kyle Linville, Football (2010-14)

Kyle Linville was a four-year starter at wide receiver for the Franklin football team and closed out his career as the most decorated player at that position in school history. He closed out his playing career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (308), receiving yards (4,691) and touchdowns (58). Additionally, he set new single season program records with 108 catches in 2013 and his 1,426 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior in 2012 remain school records to this day.

He was a four-time HCAC First Team All-Conference selection a 2013 All-American selection by D3Football.com, a Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in 2013 and was named the recipient of the Wil B. Nelp Award in 2014 as Franklin's top senior male student-athlete.

Kyle helped the Franklin football program become the first team to earn four straight HCAC championships and NCAA playoff appearances. After graduation, he took his talents overseas and played professionally with the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns in the German Football League.

Anna Murdock, Cross Country and Women's Track & Field (2011-15)

Anna Murdock became the first individual national champion in Franklin's history when she capped her career with a win in the 800-meter run at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. It was the first of two All-American honors for Murdock that year, as she collected an eighth-place finish earlier in the weekend. With her win in the 800.

A five-time HCAC Athlete of the Year in both track and cross country, Murdock was a three-time national championship qualifier and holds 13 track school records to this day. Also a standout in the classroom, Anna was named an Academic All-American by the USTFCCCA in each of her final three years and was a semifinalist for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Hanover

Anna Cornacchione, Women's Soccer (2013-16)

Hanover College's Anna Cornacchione helped guide the Panthers to at least a share of four HCAC regular season titles, four conference tournament championships and NCAA National Tournament appearances, as well as a pair of national tournament victories.

Cornacchione, statistically Hanover's greatest women's soccer player to date, holds the program's all-time scoring records for goals (68), assists (38) and total points (174). During her four-year career at Hanover, the Cincinnati, Ohio native received first team all-HCAC honors four times, while also picking up the Offensive Player of the Year award in 2013 and 2014, as well as the Newcomer of the Year award in 2013. She was also named Hanover College's co-Female Senior Athlete of the Year in 2016-17.

A seven-time HCAC player of the week honoree, Cornacchione also received numerous regional and national awards during her career. For her efforts on the field, "Nacho" was named a 2014 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now known as the United Soccer Coaches) All-American, a 2016 D3soccer.com All-American and was a four-time NSCAA Great Lakes all-region performer. Combining her skills on the pitch and in the classroom, Cornacchione was a 2016 NSCAA Academic All-American and a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District winner.

The Panthers found success nationally during Cornacchione's time at the College, as the program picked up a national tournament win in 2013 and 2016. Over six career national tournament appearances, Cornacchione tallied one goal, two assists and four total points.

Additional academic honors and notes for Cornacchione during her time at Hanover College included three HCAC Tom Bohlsen Academic All-Conference awards, three Hanover College Scholar Athlete honors, a Hanover Global Scholar recipient and five Dean's List awards.

Wes McKinney, Men's Basketball (2014-18)

Hanover College's Wes McKinney  helped elevate the men's basketball program to new heights during his four-year career.

"As a player, Wes had the best combination of ability level and work ethic of any guy I have ever coached," stated Hanover head coach Jon Miller. "I cannot recall one day in four years that his effort level in practice was not outstanding."

Over his collegiate career, he was named to five national teams. McKinney was a two-time preseason All-American selection in 2017-18, selected by D3hoops.com and Street & Smith's National Basketball Yearbook, as both organizations also had Hanover among their top seven in national preseason polls. The Batesville, Ind. native was a 2016-17 D3hoops.com All-American and a two-time College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American as well. The 2017-18 season also saw McKinney named a top-10 national finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, which is handed out to a student-athlete that excels on the court, in the classroom and in the community.

In terms of his conference awards, McKinney was a three-time all-HCAC selection and was named the league's men's basketball player of the year and male athlete of the year in 2016-17. McKinney was also the HCAC's Freshman of the Year for the 2014-15 campaign and a three-time Tom Bohlsen Academic All-Conference honoree.

Thanks to a school-record 243 career three-point field goals, the forward vaulted up the program's scoring list to finish sixth all-time with 1,664 points.

As a team, Hanover posted back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18, both of which resulted in HCAC regular season and tournament championships, as well as NCAA Division III National Tournament appearances. During the national tournament run in 2016-17, the Panthers advanced to the sectional finals, also known as the "Elite Eight," thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper by McKinney in front of 3,000-plus fans at nationally-ranked Hope (Mich.) in the Round of 16. In five career NCAA Tournament games, McKinney averaged 20.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting .534 from the field and over .400 from behind the arc.

"While he produced several memorable individual performances during his career, Wes was also one of the most selfless players I have been around," added Miller. "He loved his teammates and the success of the team was by far the most important thing to him."

Manchester

John Kimmel, Men's Track and Field & Football (2006-10)

Kimmel, a 2010 Manchester University graduate, was a standout high jumper for the Spartan's track and field program. A three-time All-American and six-time national qualifier in men's track and field, he is one of two national champions in program history. In 2009, Kimmel qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in high jump, where he cleared 2.12 meters (6'11 ½") to become the National Champion earning All-American honors for the first time. Kimmel was also a part of a team that finished 14th in the nation at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor National Championships.

In his senior season of 2010, Kimmel topped off his track and field career with numerous accolades. He led the nation during the indoor season in high jump with a mark of 2.10 (6'10") meters. Kimmel then qualified for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships where he was the National Runner-Up in high jump, earning his second All-American accolade. After his performance at the National Championships, Kimmel was named 2010 Indoor Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year.

Following his stellar indoor season in 2010, he was the high jump champion at the 2010 HCAC Outdoor Championships. Kimmel ended his career after qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2010, earning his third and final All-American honor after earning a runner-up finish in high jump. The Spartan standout also qualified for the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships, and the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the high jump. For the year of 2009-10, Kimmel was part of the "NCAA Program of the Year", a team that finished seventh in the nation the same year. During his time at Manchester, John was also a part of the Manchester University football team.

Bridgette Rowe, Women's Track and Field & Soccer (2011-15)

Rowe, a 2015 Manchester University graduate, was a standout jumps specialist for the track and field program during her four years in a Black and Gold uniform. A three-time All-American and four-time national qualifier, Rowe marked her name into the Spartan's record books five times.

- Indoor High Jump School Record: 1.70 meters

- Outdoor High Jump School Record: 1.71 meters

- Indoor Triple Jump School Record: 11.49 meters

- Outdoor Triple Jump School Record: 11.04 meters

- Indoor Long Jump School Record: 5.29 meters

Rowe qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in high jump and triple jump for the first time of her career in 2014, where she earned All-American honors after a fourth place finish in high jump clearing 1.69 meters (5'6 ½"). In 2015, Rowe punched her ticket to the NCAA Indoor National Championships in the high jump, clearing 1.65 meters (5'5") for a fifth place finish to earn her second All-American accomplishment. She rounded out her senior season in 2015 with another fifth place finish in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships, and earned her third and final All-American award. Outside of her national accomplishments, Rowe earned multiple HCAC accolades as well, where she was a six-time HCAC Champion, four-time HCAC Field Athlete of the Year, the HCAC Female Athlete of the Year in 2015, and was part of Manchester's HCAC outdoor championship team in 2015.

- 2012 HCAC Outdoor Championships: triple jump

- 2013 HCAC Indoor Championships: triple jump, high jump

- 2014 HCAC Indoor Championships: triple jump, high jump

- 2014 HCAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year

- 2014 HCAC Outdoor Championships: high jump

- 2014 HCAC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year

- 2015 HCAC Indoor Championships: triple jump, high jump, long jump

- 2015 HCAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year

- 2015 HCAC Outdoor Championships: high jump, long jump

- 2015 HCAC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year

- 2015 HCAC Female Athlete of the Year (out of all sports)

During her time at Manchester, Rowe was also a four-year member on the women's soccer team, where she earned second team all-league honors after leading Spartans in scoring in 2014.

Mount St. Joseph

Lauren Hill, Women's Basketball

Lauren Hill came to Mount St. Joseph University from Lawrenceburg High School in Lawrenceburg, Indiana a promising young basketball player. Prior to enrolling at The Mount, she was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable form of pediatric brain cancer. Struggling with her terminal diagnosis she adopted the mantra "never give up", a phrase that gave her encouragement and from which she drew much strength.

She had a dream to one day take to a college basketball court wearing a Mount St. Joseph jersey with the number 22 on her back. It was a dream that was nearly never realized. As the 2014-15 basketball season approached Lauren's life expectancy was shortened to only a few months. After a petition to the NCAA and an agreement from Hiram College, The Mount's season opener was moved up by two weeks.

That's when Lauren's story began to take hold of the nation. Her story was chronicled by ESPN and Tom Rinaldi, which can be viewed here http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=11812922 .

The game which was scheduled to take place at the Harrington Center on the of Mount St. Joseph University. The demand for tickets was too great and the game was moved to the Cintas Center at neighboring Xavier University. When the announcement was made, and tickets were made available the more than 13,000 seat arena was sold out in minutes.

On November 2, 2014 Lauren Hill stepped foot onto the Cintas Center floor for what had been dubbed "one last game" by the media, although she was quick to point out that this was just her first college game, not her last. Mount St. Joseph won the opening tip-off and were ready to run a play they had all been preparing for. All that was unknown was, will she make the shot. As the nation watched Lauren curled in the lane and was wide open for a left-handed layup, which found the bottom of the net. There was not a dry eye in the house that magical night.

After the game Lauren began the Layup for Lauren challenge which began to sweep the nation. The challenge was taken on by professional athletes and celebrities all over the world. After that game her goal changed from playing in a college basketball game, to becoming a voice for the voiceless, to become a face for pediatric brain cancer. She set a goal to raise 2.2 million dollars for pediatric brain cancer research, and with the help of The Cure Starts Now she accomplished that goal.

In early 2015 Lauren Hill received an honorary degree in humane letters from Mount St. Joseph University. On April 15, 2015 a day came that everyone knew was coming, Lauren Hill's fight was over. In 2017 she was inducted into the Mount St. Joseph Athletic Hall of Fame as a Champion Award winner.

Her final career statistics read as four games played, ten points scored, and millions of lives touched.

Steve Matre, Baseball

Steve Matre was the 2008 MVP of the HCAC despite being a closer. He is the MSJ career record holder for earned run average (1.19), appearances (59) and saves (32). His 32 career saves were good for the third highest total in NCAA Division III when he finished his career, that now remains a Top 10 number. Matre was a 2x first team All-HCAC selection and a 2008 D3baseball.com 1st team All-America selection.

Rose-Hulman

Sutton Coleman, Men's Track & Field and Football (2009-12)

Sutton Coleman became a 7-time NCAA Division III All-American in hurdles events during his time at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Coleman was the national runner-up in 60 meter indoor hurdles in 2012, while also placing third in 110 meter outdoor hurdles in 2012 and adding a fourth place finish in 2011 at the outdoor national championships in 400 meter hurdles.

In Coleman's tenure as a Fightin' Engineer he won 14 individual HCAC event championships and was a member of seven relay championship teams while helping Rose-Hulman to four HCAC Outdoor Track & Field championships and two HCAC Indoor Track & Field championships.

Liz Evans, Women's Track & Field (2010-13)

Liz Evans reset the high jump record books as she became a 5-time NCAA Division III National Champion, earning All-American honors in the high jump eight different times as a Fightin' Engineer at Rose-Hulman. Evans finished in the top three in the high jump at all eight national championships and is also the national record holder with the first six foot jump in Division III history. 

On the HCAC side, Evans won 11 individual event championships and was a member of five relay championships teams. She was also a member of Rose-Hulman's first women's track and field conference championship team in 2011.

Transylvania

Justin Tereshko, Men's Golf (2009-12)

A four-year letterman in men's golf at Transylvania, Tereshko assembled perhaps the most decorated career in the history of Transylvania men's golf. Competing for the Pioneers from 2008 through the spring of 2012, Tereshko led Transylvania to its best finish for any Pioneer varsity team in a team national championship format as the Pioneers finished as the national runners-up at the 2012 NCAA Division III men's golf national championships, starting a repeat as national runners-up as the Pioneers also replicated the second-place finish the following year.

Tereshko was a three-time All-HCAC selection, earning All-HCAC honors in 2010, 2011, and 2012. In his senior season of 2012, Tereshko was named the HCAC MVP for men's golf. He was also a two-time PING All-American in 2011 and 2012 and was a three-time PING All-Great Lakes Region winner. Additionally, Tereshko was twice named the PING All-Great Lakes Region Player of the year.

Tereshko was a critical component of the Transylvania men's golf HCAC legacy, leading the Pioneers to their fourth through sixth straight conference championships. At his final HCAC championship in 2012, Tereshko compiled a wire-to-wire win, shooting a two-under-par 70 in the fourth round to finish seven-under-par at 279 and was the only golfer that year in the field to finish under par.

In the 2012 national championships, Tereshko had a hole-in-one in the first round and finished in 17th place on the individual leaderboard with a four-round score of 298 to lead the Pioneers into a second-place finish at the national championships. For his efforts, Tereshko was named the Pioneer Male Athlete of the Year in 2012. 

Over his four year career, Tereshko compiled a career average score of 74.65 strokes, the lowest career round-by-round average in Transylvania men's golf program history. His career low round was a 67 and had nine first-place finishes as a college athlete.

Jordin Fender, Women's Track & Field (2014-17)

Over the first decade of Transylvania track and field history, Jordin Fender is the greatest athlete to pass through the program and is one of the greatest female athletes in the history of Transylvania Athletics.

A three-time All-American in women's track and field, Fender etched her name into Transylvania's record books as the first ever All-American in track and field for either men's or women's track. During her time as a track and field athlete at Transy, Fender won 19 HCAC championships in individual events.

-2017 HCAC Outdoor Championships: 100m, 200m, 100 m hurdles, 4 x 100 m relay

-2017 HCAC Indoor Championships: 60 m, 200 m, 60 m hurdles

-2016 HCAC Outdoor Championships: 100 m, 200 m, 100 m hurdles, 4 x 100 m relay

-2016 HCAC Indoor Championships: 60 m, 200 m, 60 m hurdles, 4 x 200 m relay

-2015 HCAC Outdoor Championships: 100 m, 200 m, 100 m hurdles, 4 x 100 m relay

Fender's career crested at the 2016 and 2017 NCAA National Championships. As a junior, Fender qualified for the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100 m hurdles and took fourth place in the finals to achieve All-American status for the first time ever.

In her senior season of 2017, Fender achieved her first qualification for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships where she finished in second place of the women's 60 meter hurdles finals for her second All-American status and recorded a new PR of 8.66 seconds.

Fender completed her career as the HCAC Women's Athlete of the Year in 2017. A landmark year saw Fender earn her third and final All-American billing by repeating as a qualifier at the national championships in the women's 100 meter hurdles. She improved upon her fourth-place finish from the year before to finish as the national runner-up in the women's 100 meter hurdles final with a PR of 14.05 seconds, her final race as a collegian. In both All-American races in 2017, Fender set PRs in each race.

Beginning her career at Transylvania as a starting point guard with the women's basketball team, Fender earned All-HCAC First Team honors as a sophomore in the 2014-2015 season, ranking third on the Pioneers in points, averaging 11.4 points per game, averaging 4.3 rebounds per game, and leading the team in assists with 3.9 per game. During that season the Pioneers went 28-3. She was the starting point guard on the most recent Transylvania women's basketball team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Following the 2015 women's basketball season, Fender had a significant season in outdoor track and field. At the 2015 HCAC Outdoor Championships, Fender was an HCAC champion in four events (100 m, 200 m, 100 meter hurdles, 4x 100 m relay). At the time, Fender set school records in all four races.

After a string of concussions brought about the end of her basketball career, Fender moved over to the track and field circuit exclusively for her junior season in 2016. Fender continued her dominance from the 2015 track season, winning 15 individual HCAC titles over her final two seasons. Between women's basketball and track and field, Fender qualified for five unique NCAA championship appearances.