The Oglethorpe track and field teams got some outstanding competition from teams at a variety of levels this weekend, as they went against Division I, Division II, Division III and NAIA competition at the Emory Classic Friday and Saturday at Emory's Woodruff Physical Education Center. The men finished 18th against the impressive field, while the women came in 21st.
The top finishers over the weekend for the Stormy Petrels came in the form of a couple of school-record performances, as well as a very solid outing by sophomore Arielle Shaw in the triple jump. Shaw finished fourth overall in the discipline, jumping 37 feet, 5.25 inches, coming in tops among Division III competitors. Freshman Omari Miller finished fourth in the 800-meter, as well, setting a school record in the process. He came in at 1 minute, 56.3 seconds to finish first among SAA competitors. Finally, freshman Kayla Trice had another outstanding meet, highlighted by her school-record performance in the 100. She clocked in at 12.30 seconds to finish seventh overall and first among SAA competitors.
Meanwhile, Miller continued his outstanding weekend in the 1500, finishing in a school-record 4:07.4. That mark broke a 31-year-old record set by Frank Pitman in 1986, and placed Miller 11th overall. A couple of women's relay teams also set school records, as both the 4-x-800 and 4-x-400 squads accomplished the feat. The 4-x-800 team of sophomore Nicolette Andrey, freshman Glenda Tutt, and sophomores Kara Jones and May Mizell, finished in 10:37.1. Meanwhile, the 4-x-400 team of sophomores Emily Toomer and Arielle Shaw, Tutt and Andrey finished their race in 4:09.40, coming in 12th overall.
Additionally, freshman Nick Evans earned a personal record with a 4:15.2 in the 1500, winning his heat in the process. Sophomore Rod Trujillo had a couple of top 5 finishes in the throwing events, finishing 10th in the shot put with a distance of 42-10.25, then coming in 12th in the discus with a throw of 119-3. Toomer also nabbed a personal record in the women's 200, finishing in 26.44 to come in 21st overall in the event.
"I was very impressed, once again, with how our teams competed against great in-region, out-of-region and out-of-division opponents," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "A lot of school records were broken today off of hard work during these last few weeks, and persistence within their competition. These are very exciting times to be a part of such a talented program."
The Petrels will next head to Birmingham, Alabama, for the Hilltop Twilight Classic on April 1. After that, they'll head back up to Mount Berry for the 2-day Berry Field Day Invitational.