The Oglethorpe track and field teams continued their season at the Berry Field Day Invitational in Mount Berry this weekend, and freshman Kayla Trice stole the show for yet another week. She led the women's team to an eighth-place finish overall while placing in four events. Meanwhile, the men's team took down an 11th-place finish on the weekend.
Trice finished third in the women's 100 meters on Saturday, finishing in 12.37 seconds and coming in just a tenth of a second behind Emory's Dani Bland, the holder of the current best 100-meter time among Division III women's runners this season. Trice then posted a fifth-place finish in the 200, tying the school record in the event with a 25.44. That mark put her second on the SAA performance list for the season. Trice also finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 1.75 inches.
In addition, Trice was part of the women's 4-x-400 relay team that posted a third place finish. Trice joined sophomores Emily Toomer and Nicolette Andrey, as well as freshman Glenda Tutt, to post a time of 4 minutes, 12.9 seconds.
Elsewhere, the men's 4-x-100 relay team also put up an outstanding performance, with seniors Randall Wright and Malik Willis, and freshmen Taryn Dixon and Eric Kimbrough, posting a fourth-place finish in 43.90. The 4-x-400 men's squad also performed well, finishing sixth in 3:35.17. Sophomore Rodrigo Meade and freshman Omari Miller joined Willis and Dixon on the squad.
Meanwhile, Willis finished eighth in the 400 hurdles, posting a time of 43.90, while Miller finished seventh in the 800 with a mark of 1:58.4.
The women's squad so a pair of personal records fall, also, as junior Rebecca Spry recorded a throw of 89-3 in the javelin, finishing seventh, and Andrey finished seventh in the 400 with a mark of 1:01.0.
"This was a great 2-day meet for the men and women this weekend," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "I was impressed with how we handled adversity and difficult situations throughout this weekend. We've got many things to learn from and to take forward as we prepare for the championship time of the year. Great things to come from this group of young athletes!"
The Petrels will next travel to Sewanee, Tennessee, for the Sewanee Mountain Laurel Invitational next weekend. After that, they'll return to Mount Berry on the following weekend for the SAA Track and Field Championships.