The Oglethorpe men's track and field team got their outdoor season off to a solid start Saturday at Valhalla stadium in Mount Berry, as they finished seventh at the Victor Icebreaker Duals.
The Stormy Petrels had an outstanding day in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as Oglethorpe competitors finished 1-2 at the event, with two more Petrels coming in sixth and seventh. Freshman Jacob Hadden took the event by a landslide with a time of 9 minutes, 57.31 seconds. That put him 36 seconds ahead of sophomore Jonathan Vernon, who came in second in 10:33.41. Freshman Slater Guevara finished sixth at the meet in 11:20.03, while fellow freshman Lindsey Green posted a time of 11:27.77 to finish seventh.
Elsewhere, the all-freshman 4-by-400-meter relay team of Marcus Alvarez, Justin Hazel, Chris Williams and Oz Faal finished second in 3:24.8, putting them just behind their competitors from Augusta. The secondary team of junior Rodrigo Meade, and freshmen Gustav Svenningsson, Dalton Shaw and Nick Wootton took eighth with a time of 3:44.93.
Alvarez finished seventh in the 200-meter dash, posting a time of 22.26 seconds. He continued his solid day with a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, getting around the track in 50.72 seconds. Elsewhere, Meade finished fourth in the 800-meter run, coming in at 1:59.25. Williams recorded a sixth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, posting a time of 16.83 seconds. Finally, senior Robert Goldin earned a point for his team with an eighth-place finish in the javelin throw after a heave of 116 feet.
"I thought we had some great efforts at our first outdoor meet of the year," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "Our four-by-four team ran tough and Jake put together a strong solo effort in the steeplechase. A lot of our athletes ran in their off of events today to work on a few things. We are excited as we head into the meat of our outdoor season."
The Petrels will next head to Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday and Saturday, where they'll take part in the Southern Invitational.