Sophomore Arielle Shaw of the Oglethorpe women's track and field team picked up her second outdoor All-Region award in as many years Monday afternoon, earning the accolade from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) out of the South/Southeast region in the triple jump. She earned All-Region status in the same event for both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2016.
Shaw posted her best mark of the season in the triple jump May 6 at the Torrin Lawrence Memorial in Athens, recording a leap of 38 feet, 8.25 inches. That mark placed her in the nation's top 15, and it finished the season tied for the 13th-best mark in Division III, qualifying her for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, set to run Thursday through Saturday in Geneva, Ohio.
The Stormy Petrel sophomore had an excellent outdoor season, taking All-SAA Second Team honors for the second consecutive year, finishing second in the triple jump at the SAA Track and Field Championships with a leap of 36-7.5. She also finished first in the triple jump at the Mountain Laurel Invitational and Victor Icebreaker Duals; second at the Hilltop Classic; third at the Torrin Lawrence Memorial, where she recorded her qualifying jump; and fourth at the Emory Classic. She finished third in the long jump at the conference meet.
"The whole coaching staff is very proud of Arielle for achieving this honor two years in a row," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "She continues to be one of the best jumpers in the region, and is still very young. I can't wait to see what she'll do in the years to come. We're looking forward to watching Arielle compete at nationals this weekend. That'll be a fitting exclamation point to another outstanding year!"
In order to earn a spot on the USTFCCCA All-Region team, an athlete must finish in the region's top five in an individual event. Shaw tied for the South/Southeast region's second-best mark in the triple jump over the course of the outdoor season, only finishing behind Hendrix's Victoria Amadi, who tied for third in the nation at 40-10.5. Ayriel Coleman from Trinity (Texas) finished tied with Shaw for second in the region, the two topping out with identical jumps of 38-8.25.
Shaw will compete in the triple jump competition at the national meet beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday from the SPIRE Institute in Ohio.