Sophomore Arielle Shaw of the Oglethorpe track and field team finished 15th in the women's triple jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday afternoon, marking the highest finish by a Stormy Petrel at the national meet since Katy Galli finished 14th in the triple jump at the 2014 meet. Shaw posted her best jump, a leap of 38 feet, on the first of her three attempts.
Shaw followed up her best jump with a marks of 37 feet, 1.25 inches on her second attempt and 36-11 on her third. Her 38-foot mark placed her fifth among her 11-person flight, needing to finish in the top nine among all 22 competitors to advance to the finals. However, the second flight featured the top 11 qualifiers in the nation, and Shaw dropped to 15th place among all competitors.
Kayla Brase of Whitworth was the ninth-place qualifier after the preliminary flights, posting a jump of 39-0.25. Shaw qualified 15th for nationals over the course of the campaign, putting up her season-best jump of 38-8.25 at the Torrin Lawrence Memorial on May 6. Her career-best of 38-11.5 came during the 2016 season.
Alexa Wandy of SUNY Geneseo won the Division III women's triple jump national championship, posting a national-meet record leap of 42-8 on her final attempt. Fellow SAA competitor Victoria Amadi of Hendrix finished 13th with a mark of 38-5.
Shaw enjoyed an outstanding overall season, earning All-South/Southeast Region accolades from the National Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the third time in her career and the second straight time for the outdoor season. She earned All-SAA Second Team honors after finishing second to Amadi in the triple jump at the SAA Track and Field Championships for the second year in a row, and came away with a total of five top four finishes in the triple jump over the course of the season.
This marked the second consecutive year in which Shaw qualified for the triple jump competition at the national meet, and the fourth consecutive year in which a Petrel did so, with Galli qualifying the two seasons prior to Shaw.
"Arielle had another outstanding season," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "Qualifying for the national meet in her first two seasons is an impressive feat, and she continues to get better. I can't wait to see what the future holds in store for her for the next couple years!"