Women's Track and Field Takes Fifth, Men Sixth at Birmingham-Southern's Hilltop Twilight Classic

Women's Track and Field Takes Fifth, Men Sixth at Birmingham-Southern's Hilltop Twilight Classic

The Oglethorpe track and field teams competed at the Hilltop Twilight Classic Friday in Birmingham, Alabama, with the women finishing fifth and the men coming in sixth at the single-day event.

The women saw an excellent performance from their two relay teams and from freshman Arielle Shaw. The 4-by-100-meter relay squad, featuring Shaw, senior Dia Parker, and freshmen Emily Toomer and Nicolette Andrey won the event with a time of 50.47 seconds. That same relay squad then came back and finished second in the 4-by-400, coming in first among Division III competitors with a time of 4 minutes, 14.51 seconds. 

Meanwhile, Shaw finished second in the triple jump as an individual, posting a mark of 36 feet, 11.75 inches. That mark places her seventh in the nation in the discipline (with the top 22 at the end of the season qualifying for nationals) and serves as a personal best for the Oglethorpe freshman. She then went on to finish fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.08 and fifth in the 100-meter dash on 12.59, both of which were also personal records. 

"I was very impressed with Arielle's performances in all her events today," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "It was truly amazing to see an athlete put up a personal best in so many events and do so well as an overall placer in the meet." 

The Petrels saw three men place over the course of the afternoon, as well, as junior Malik Willis and freshman Rodrigo Meade finished second in the 400-meter hurdles and 800-meter run, respectively, while freshman Rod Trujillo posted another excellent mark in the shot put, coming in third.

Meade ran a time of 2:03.57 in the 800-meter, earning eight points for his team. He also scored in the 1500-meter run, finishing seventh in that event with a time of 4:17.13.  Willis posted a 57.56 mark in the 400 hurdles and scored, as well, in the 200-meter, posting a time of 24.11 in that event and finishing in seventh place. Trujillo fired the shot 43 feet, 4.25 inches to come in around a foot ahead of his closest competitor for third position.

Elsewhere on the women's side of the meet, Toomer finished ninth in the 200-meter, scoring a point for her team with a time of 27.20 seconds. Andrey and Parker both scored in the 400-meter, finishing sixth and seventh with times of 1:02.75 and 1:03.84, respectively. Freshman May Mizell and junior Sionna Hopkins each scored in the 800-meter, coming in eighth and ninth with times of 2:49.29 and 3:01.02, respectively. Toomer finished eighth in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 9 inches, while freshman Jasmine Clay posted a seventh-place finish in the long jump, coming in at 9 feet, 2.25 inches. 

On the men's side, sophomore Yong Lee joined Willis in the top eight in the 200-meter, finishing eighth in 25.07 seconds. Junior Jamal Willis, Malik's brother, scored with a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter, posting a time of 52.08 seconds. Jamal also joined Meade with a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter, coming in at 2:15.45. 

The Petrels saw two other personal records set, as well, as sophomore Colin Maurer finished 10th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:39.7. Meanwhile, junior Sionna Hopkins finished 14th with a 5:54.5 in the women's 1500-meter.

"As a team, we had many athletes participate in specific events that they normally do not compete in each weekend," said Shellhouse. "It was fun to test a few things out and work on perfecting some small attributes for others. I was very pleased with the effort out of all our athletes today, and we are excited for the home stretch before the conference meet."

The Petrels will next be in action Saturday, April 9, when they travel to Mount Berry, Georgia, for the Berry Field Day Invitational. 

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