February 2, 2013

Mile Relay Team Caps Record Day for Track Petrels at Sewanee Indoor

The Oglethorpe track team had an excellent showing in snowy Sewanee, Tenn., Saturday at the Tiger Indoor Invitational.

Freshmen Dessa Raymond, Jacquawn Lockhart, Blake Jones and sophomore Luq Mohammed capped a record-setting day for the Oglethorpe men's and women's track teams as they broke a nine-year-old standing school record by edging conference-rival Birmingham-Southern in the mile relay. Their record time of 3:45.38 topped the 2004 squad by almost four seconds in the exciting final.

Their were three other school records recorded at the meet. Sophomore Katy Galli, the 2012 Oglethorpe female athlete of the year, continued her record setting ways by breaking Sarah Foster's 2010 55-meter high hurdles record, first by running 9.19 in the prelim and then coming back in the final to top that with a 9.17 , while finishing a close second to defending national champion Tiarra Goode of Birmingham-Southern. These two will continue to battle all season long in what promises to be a great Division III rivalry.

Freshman Blake Jones joined Galli in hurdle record-breaking by topping 2005 record holder Elijah Green's 55-meter mark. Jones' record run now makes him the holder of both indoor hurdle races after only two meets. Jones also broke the school record in the high jump with a jump of 6.07 feet. Meanwhile, senior Pablo Martinez topped the 800-meter record he set in December by running 2:07.74 on the tight Sewanee oval.

Other outstanding performances were turned in by Luq Mohammed, second in the men's 400-meter; Jones again second in the high jump; Galli second in the triple jump; and Lockhart just missing his 200-meter record.

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