Men's Track and Field Finishes 14th, Women 17th at Southern Invitational

Men's Track and Field Finishes 14th, Women 17th at Southern Invitational

The Oglethorpe track and field teams competed this weekend at the Southern Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama, a meet featuring a variety of competition from Division III, Division II and NAIA schools. The men's team finished 14th in the team competition, while the women's team posted a 17th-place finish for the 2-day event.

The men's team saw sophomore Rodrigo Meade have an excellent day in the 800-meter run, posting a third-place finish in a time of 2 minutes, 0.1 seconds to earn six points for the Stormy Petrels. The Petrels also got a solid performance from the 4-x-400 relay squad, as the team, made up of senior Jamal Willis, freshmen Taryn Dixon and Will Pursell, and Meade finished sixth with a time of 3:40.55. Meanwhile, sophomore Rod Trujillo earned an eighth-place finish in the shot put, putting up a throw of 42 feet, 6 inches.

On the women's side, freshman Kayla Trice posted a seventh-place finish in the 100, crossing the finish line with a time of 12.77. 

The men's 5,000 was an outstanding race, and the Petrels had two team members earn personal records on the afternoon. Freshman Jonathan Vernon posted a 19th-place finish with a 16:10.2, while fellow freshman Mateo Villa came in 26th in 16:28.8. 

"I thought we did a great job performing as a team against some adverse weather conditions this weekend," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "It was a great tune-up meet after coming off our spring break, and it really showed us what our potential is going to be for this outdoor season."

The meet took place in windy conditions on Friday, and in cool, damp conditions on Saturday.

The Petrels will now head back to Atlanta, where they'll be on each of the next two weekends. They'll travel across town for the Emory Invitational March 17 and 18, then go back to the Druid Hills neighborhood for the Emory Classic the following weekend, March 24 and 25.