School Records and Top Finishes Highlight Track and Field's Stay at Hilltop Classic

School Records and Top Finishes Highlight Track and Field's Stay at Hilltop Classic

The Oglethorpe track and field teams enjoyed a successful day at the Hilltop Classic in Birmingham, Alabama, as the women finished sixth and the men seventh at the meet. The day was also highlighted by freshman Omari Miller taking the 800-meter title and freshman Kayla Trice continuing to dominate in the 100-meter. 

Miller posted a first-place time of 1 minute, 56.5 seconds to take the title in the 800. He beat his closest competitor by nearly a second-and-a-half. Meanwhile, Trice continued her dominating run of form. She finished second in the 100 in 12.17 seconds, setting a school and personal record in the process. In addition, that time was the seventh-best Division III time posted this season, with the top 22 at the end of the season qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Trice wasn't done there, either, finishing fifth in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 4.75 inches, and posting a second-place finish in the 200 at 25.98. That mark served as the second-best time by an SAA competitor this season.

The Petrels got another school-record performance on the day, too, as the 4-x-100 relay squad of sophomores Emily Toomer, Nicolette Andrey and Arielle Shaw, as well as Trice, finished third in 48.47 seconds, earning a new school record and putting themselves second in the SAA and ninth in Division III. The NCAA qualifying procedures for relay teams are stringent, with only the top 16 marks from the season making it, but the Petrels squad currently sits in qualifying position with a month-and-a-half left in the season.

Shaw had a good meet of her own, as well, finishing second in the triple jump with a leap of 36-9.5, and coming in eighth in the 100 with a mark of 12.75. Andrey performed well in the 800, finishing fifth in 2:30.75. Meanwhile, Toomer earned a couple of scoring finishes, as well, coming in third in the high jump at 5-1 and posting a seventh place finish at the 400 in 1:05.93. 

On the men's side, sophomore Rodrigo Meade broke a personal record and finished seventh in the 1500, posting a time of 4:13.5. Senior Jamal Willis came in eighth in the 400 by posting a time of 52.11 seconds, while the men's 4-x-400 relay team, consisting of Miller, Willis, freshman Mateo Villa and freshman Jonathan Carden, finished fourth in 3:38.68.

"I thought everybody that competed today did a great job giving 100 percent in each event," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "It is sometimes hard in a small meet for athletes to compete in this many events. Hats off to all of our men and women who participated in this meet, and I am super excited to see how the rest of the outdoor season continues."

The Petrels will next travel to Mount Berry for the Berry Field Day Invitational April 7 and 8. After that, they'll take part in the Sewanee Mountain Laurel Invitational in Tennesse before heading back to Mount Berry at the end of the month for the SAA Track and Field Championships.