Track and Field Enjoys Successful Final Meet before SAA Championship

Track and Field Enjoys Successful Final Meet before SAA Championship

The Oglethorpe track and field teams enjoyed a good outing at the Mountain Laurel Invitational in Sewanee, Tennessee, Friday. The men's team finished fourth at the event while the women's team came in seventh. The Stormy Petrels got victories on the day from sophomore Arielle Shaw of the women's team, who took home accolades in the triple jump, and senior Malik Willis, who won the title in the 400-meter hurdles.

Shaw posted a jump of 37 feet, 3 inches to take the title in the triple jump. That bested the second-best mark by over a foot. In addition, she finished seventh in both the 100 and 200, as she came in at 13.06 seconds in the 100 and 27.19 in the 200. She was also a member of the 4-x-100 relay team that finished third in 52.80 seconds, joining sophomore Nicolette Andrey, and freshmen Glenda Tutt and Taylor Wills, on that squad. Andrey finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:27.2, as well, marking a personal best, and also finished sixth in the 200 with a personal best time of 27.02. She also placed sixth in the long jump after a leap of 14-7. 

Meanwhile on the men's side, Willis posted a time of 57.78 seconds to win the 400 hurdles by over two seconds over his closest competitor. Willis was also a part of the men's 4-x-400 relay squad, which set a school record in finishing second to NAIA Reinhardt. Willis joined his brother Jamal, along with sophomore Rodrigo Meade and freshman Omari Miller to finish in 3:25.74. It broke the previous program mark of 3:31.5, set back in 1999. Meanwhile, Miller also had an excellent day individually, as he finished second in the 400 after he posted a time of 50.48. 

The Petrels got a variety of scoring finishes outside of that, as well, led by a third-place mark in the men's 4-x-100, with Malik Willis joining senior Randall Wright, and freshmen Eric Kimbrough and Taryn Dixon finishing in 43.44 seconds. Individually, Wright finished seventh in the 100 at 11.33 and fifth in the long jump at 20-0.5; Kimbrough came in eighth in the 200 with a time of 23.09; Jamal Willis placed seventh in the 800 in 2:01.1; Meade came in eighth in the 1500 with a time of 4:14.9; freshman Will Pursell place fifth in the 3,000 steeplechase in 11:39.9; and junior Robert Goldin placed eighth in the javelin with a heave of 106-1.

On the women's side, Becki White finished eighth in the 400 with a mark of 1:16.19; senior Hannah Jacobs finished seventh in the shot put with a toss of 20-0.25; while junior Rebecca Spry placed in both the discus and the javelin, coming in fourth in the javelin with a throw of 87-3 and coming in seventh in the discus with a throw of 81-8.

"This was a great tune-up for both of our programs today," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "We saw some great performances as we prepare for the conference championship next week. I am super-excited to see what this young group can accomplish and the momentum we have going into the championship season!"

The Petrels will now get ready for the SAA Track and Field Championships over the next week. The event will take place April 21 and 22 in Mount Berry at Berry's Valhalla stadium.