The Oglethorpe track and field teams competed Saturday at the Berry Field Day Invitational in Mount Berry, Georgia, and came away with some solid performances as the men finished 10th and the women 13th at the event.
The men got an excellent performance from a couple of competitors. Junior Malik Willis finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.83 seconds, collecting eight points for his team and finishing first among Division III athletes in the event.
Meanwhile, freshman Rod Trujillo had an excellent day in the throwing events. He came in third in the shot put with a distance of 43 feet, 5.75 inches, then followed that up with an eighth-place finish in the discus, posting a throw of 111 feet, 3 inches.
On the women's side, the 4-by-100 relay team of senior Dia Parker and freshmen Emily Toomer, Arielle Shaw and Nicolette Andrey finished fourth on the afternoon, posting a time of 51.51 seconds. Meanwhile, Shaw placed sixth in the triple jump, posting a distance of 36 feet, 3.5 inches to score three points for her team.
Elsewhere, Andrey finished 13th in the women's 800-meter run, coming in with a career-best time of 2 minutes, 28.66 seconds. Junior Sionna Hopkins also came in with a career best in the 5,000-meter run, putting up a time of 22:09.10. Junior Hannah Jacobs also set a career mark in the discus throw.
"I was very impressed with the resilience of the two teams today, running in extremely windy conditions against some great opponents," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "We did a great job as a team to strive for new personal records and to take chances in many of the events. I was proud of how we competed overall as we continue to tune up for the SAA Championships in two weeks. With a season-first weather adversity such as the wind, the team did an amazing job pushing themselves to set new marks and records. Arielle, Rod, Nicolette and Sionna, just to name a few, were wonderful in competing in their individual events and demonstrating their ability to progress each and every week."
The Petrels will travel to Sewanee, Tennesse, on Friday for the Sewanee Mountain Laurel Invitational before getting ready for the SAA Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, the following weekend.