The Oglethorpe track and field teams competed on Emory University's Atlanta campus for the second consecutive weekend, going against a variety of Division I and II opponents at the Emory Classic Friday and Saturday. The Stormy Petrels saw their men's team finish 11th and their women's team 12th on the weekend.
The men's weekend was highlighted by junior Malik Willis, who earned the top spots in the SAA this season in both the 400-meter dash and the 400-meter hurdles. He finished fifth and second in those two events at the Emory Classic, respectively, coming in with a time of 50.62 seconds in the 400-meter and 55.32 in the 400 hurdles.
Freshman Rod Trujillo also had another outstanding performance in the throwing events, finishing fourth this weekend in both the shot put and the discus throw. He delivered a throw of 43 feet, 3 inches in the shot put and of 121 feet, 9 inches in the discus, and is currently ranked fourth in the SAA in the shot put and set a personal record with his performance in the discus.
On the women's side, freshman Arielle Shaw led the team with a couple of top eight finishes, coming in third in the triple jump at 36 feet, 2.75 inches and finishing seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.73 seconds. She currently sits first in the SAA in the triple jump and fourth in the league in the 200-meter. In addition, Shaw joined senior Dia Parker and freshmen Emily Toomer and Nicolette Andrey on the 4-by-100 relay squad that finished third with a time of 50.48 seconds. That time puts them second in the SAA on the season.
Senior Bonny Wagener had one of her best performances of the season at the discus throw, placing eighth with a distance of 99 feet, 8 inches on her third toss. She currently sits sixth in the league in the discus.
The Petrels also saw a number of additional personal records set, as junior Jamal Willis set marks in the 800-and-1500-meter runs, sophomore Colin Maurer broke his previous best by four seconds in the 1500-meter, Parker put up a new personal best in the 400, Andrey ran her career best in the 800-meter, freshman May Mizell set a new mark in the 1500, junior Sionna Hopkins smashed her previous best by almost 12 seconds in the 5,000-meter run, and sophomore Rebecca Spry set her career best in the javelin throw.
"This weekend was a great showing for the track and field men and women," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "I was very proud of how we competed and showed versatility as a program in many different event groups. We demonstrated a high amount of progression over the past two days and advancement in performances across the board. Overall, I thought we had a good amount of athletes who came out and excelled in multiple events between the two days. Malik, Jamal, Rod and Arielle did a wonderful job giving a hundred percent in multiple events at the meet."
The Petrels will be back in action next week when they travel to Birmingham, Alabama, for the Hilltop Twilight Classic Friday evening.