The Oglethorpe track and field team saw four athletes compete at the Aggie Last Chance meet Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the quartet looked to improve their qualifying position headed to the May 19 cutoff for entry into the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Sophomore Rodrigo Meade was the lone male athlete competing for the Petrels, and finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the meet, posting a time of 10 minutes, 33.8 seconds. He also came in eighth in the 1500 meters, recording a time of 4:20.3.
On the women's side, sophomore Arielle Shaw earned a top 10 finish in the triple jump, posting a leap of 36 feet, 0.75 inches to come in ninth for the event. Freshman Kayla Trice finished fourth in her heat and 23rd overall in the 100 meters, finishing in 12.27 seconds. Sophomore Nicolette Andrey came in sixth in her heat and 23rd overall with a 1:01.00 finish in the 400 meters.
None of the four student-athletes were able to improve their previous national qualifying position, so this marks the end of the season for All-SAA performers Meade, Trice and Andrey. Shaw remains in qualifying position in the triple jump after her leap of 38-8.25 at the Torrin Lawrence Memorial in Athens on May 6. That mark gives her the 13th-best jump of the season in Division III. She needs to remain in the top 22 as of Friday to gain entry to her second straight national meet, which will take place May 25 through 27 in Geneva, Ohio.
"Rodrigo, Kayla and Nicolette all earned all-conference honors for us this year, and all had outstanding seasons," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "I look forward to seeing what all three will be able to accomplish going forward. Arielle has an excellent chance to qualify for her second consecutive national meet, but we'll have to wait and see what kind of marks get posted around the country over the next week. Regardless of the outcome, it has been an outstanding season from her, as well."