The Oglethorpe track and field teams competed well over a 2-day Emory Invitational in Atlanta Friday and Saturday, and saw some difficult competition, including a large number of Division II schools to go with plenty of Division III competition. The Stormy Petrel men's team finished tied for 26th at the 2-day meet.
The men's 4-x-800 relay team earned the highest finish of the day for the Petrels, coming in sixth overall and breaking the previous school record with a time of 8 minutes, 18 seconds. This finish put the team, which featured senior Jamal Willis, and freshmen Mateo Villa, Will Pursell and Omari Miller, third among Division III entrants. The Petrels also got a seventh-place finish in the shot put from sophomore Rod Trujillo, as he made a throw of 13.27 meters to put himself in fifth place among Division III athletes.
The women, meanwhile, got a school record from the 4-x-100 relay team, as their time of 49.29 seconds put the team of sophomores Emily Toomer, Arielle Shaw and Nicolette Andrey, and freshman Kayla Trice, in 11th place overall and second among Division III entrants, just a hundredth of a second behind Emory. Trice performed very well as an individual, too, finishing tied for 14th overall and second among Division III athletes in the 100-meter with a time of 12.63, then posting a ninth-place finish overall and a fourth-place finish among Division III entrants in the 200 with a time of 26.13.
Sophomore Rodrigo Meade posted both a personal and a school record in the 3,000 steeplechase, finishing 11th overall in 10:08.20. That put him seventh among Division III competitors. Meanwhile, freshman Nick Berardi posted a personal record in the 10,000, coming in with a time of 34:16.4 and putting himself in 21st place overall and 16th among Division III athletes. Fellow freshman Nick Evans posted a personal record of his own in the 5,000 in 16:11.9.
In addition, Trujillo finished 14th (7th D3) in the discus at 37.09 meters, while Miller finished 13th (5th D3) in the 800 at 1:58.8.
"Overall, I was very impressed with how our men's and women's team competed this weekend in a 2-day meet," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "With a lot of out-of-region and tough competition, we came in and participated very well. Coming away with three new school records was amazing for both of our teams. Our very young group continues to do great things this season!"
The Petrels will be back at Emory for two days starting on Friday, as the Eagles host the Emory Classic at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.