Women's Track Ties for Third at Sewanee Mountain Laurel Invitational, Men Sixth; Shaw Moves Up to Fourth in Nation in Triple Jump

Women's Track Ties for Third at Sewanee Mountain Laurel Invitational, Men Sixth; Shaw Moves Up to Fourth in Nation in Triple Jump

The Oglethorpe track and field teams enjoyed a successful evening at the Sewanee Mountain Laurel Invitational in Sewanee, Tennessee, Friday, as the women's team finished tied for third and the men's team took sixth at the 11-team event.

It proved to be an excellent night individually for the Stormy Petrels, as well, led by freshman Arielle Shaw. She bested her previous personal best in the triple jump, leaping 38 feet, 11.5 inches. That not only made her the second-place finisher overall and the top Division III finisher in the event on Friday, it also moved her up into fourth-place position on the national qualifying list and second place on the 2016 SAA performance list. The top 22 national finishers in each event at the end of the season qualify for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Waverly, Iowa, May 26 through 28. 

In addition, Shaw finished tied for second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.56 seconds and came in sixth in the 200-meter dash in 26.32 seconds. She also served as part of the 4-by-100 relay squad that finished third in 49.81 seconds, putting them second on the 2016 SAA performance list. Overall, she helped account for 24 of the team's 58 points on the day.

Senior Bonny Wagener also performed very well for the women's team, accounting for 19 points of her own. She finished second in the javelin throw at 88 feet, 1 inch; third in the shot put at 34 feet, 2.25 inches; and fourth in the discus throw at 103 feet, 11 inches. That latter mark proved to be a personal best, as well.

On the men's side, junior Malik Willis won the 400-meter hurdles competition, coming home in 56.61 seconds. Meanwhile, his brother Jamal had an excellent evening, as well, finishing second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 59.38 seconds, a mark which served not only as a personal best for Willis, but also as a school record in the discipline.

Freshman Rod Trujillo also garnered a podium finish, earning second place in the shot put with a distance of 44 feet, 1.25 inches. He also took fifth in the discus throw with a heave of 116 feet, 8 inches. 

Back on the women's side, freshman Nicolette Andrey finished fourth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:30.75. Meanwhile, sophomores Rebecca Spry and Victoria Black finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the javelin. Spry fired a season-best mark of 76 feet, 10 inches while Black came in at 66 feet, 1 inch. Senior Dia Parker finished seventh in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 1:03.69, while freshman Emily Toomer posted a season-best time of 1:04.22 to finish eighth. 

The Petrels also saw several additional personal records set. Black fired the shot put 19 feet, 9.75 inches; freshman May Mizell came in at 2:39.08 in the 800-meter; and sophomore Colin Maurer bested his previous mark with a 4:45.73 in the 1500-meter run.

"I thought the men's and women's teams did a great job today getting after it in some great weather and against stiff competition," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "It was a wonderful tune-up meet before the SAA Championship next weekend. We had a good number of personal and school records, season bests, and individual top two performances! Overall today we had two great performances that stood out. Arielle did an amazing job rising to her competition's level and jumping a huge personal record in the triple jump. On the track in the 800-meter, Jamal ran one of the best and smartest races I ever seen him run. It was a special day for the both of them and I am excited to see how they perform in the coming weeks."

The Petrels will now get set for the SAA Track and Field Championships, which will take place April 22 through 23 in Birmingham, Alabama.