The Oglethorpe men's track and field team completed their 2-day stay at the Emory Invitational in Atlanta on Saturday with a solid day that vaulted them into 11th place for the meet. The Stormy Petrels built on their solid day Friday to score 44 total points as a team and finish fifth among Division III competitors.
Freshman Marcus Alvarez had an excellent day on Saturday, finishing third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.58 seconds. He also finished seventh in the 200-meter dash, recording a time of 22.49 seconds in that event.
Fellow freshman Justin Hazel joined Alvarez with a top eight finish in the 400 meters, finishing sixth with a time of 50.32 seconds.
Freshman Oz Faal finished fourth in the 800-meter run, finishing first among Division III athletes and fourth overall with a time of 1 minute, 54.25 seconds. Junior Rodrigo Meade finished fifth in the 1500 meters, recording a time of 4:04.19.
The Oglethorpe 4-by-400 relay team finished third, as well, recording a time of 3:21.5. Alvarez, Williams, Faal and Hazel competed for the Petrels in the event.
"Overall, I was happy with the way we competed this weekend," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "We had several competitors earn top five times, and Jacob Hadden and Oz Fall, in particular, broke school records with their times. It's exciting to see this group coming together as the season goes along, and I look forward to seeing what they can do over the last month of the regular season."
The Petrels will be back at Emory next weekend for the Emory Classic, which will also be a 2-day event. The Petrels continue to prepare for the SAA Track and Field Championships, which will take place in late April in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Day 1 Recap
The Oglethorpe men's track and field team enjoyed several good performances on Day 1 of the Emory Invitational in Atlanta, as several Stormy Petrels scored points for the team with their finishes on Friday.
The team was led by freshman Jacob Hadden, who finished second at the 3,000-meter steeplechase, posting an impressive mark of 9 minutes, 32.39 seconds to shatter the previous school record in the discipline and put up one of the best times in the country so far this season. He was joined by sophomore Jonathan Vernon, who finished fifth with a time of 10:18.07. Freshman Alex Araya earned a point for his team, too, as he finished eighth in 10:33.56.
Freshman Chirs Williams finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles, recording a time of 57.14 seconds. Meanwhile, the 10,000-meter run featured sophomore Mateo Villa finishing 11th with a time of 33:46.01. Freshman Bill Lester and sophomore Nick Berardi finished 15th and 16th in the event, respectively.
The Petrels will be back in action on Day 2 of the Emory Invitational beginning at 8 a.m.