The Oglethorpe track and field teams enjoyed a good two days in Mount Berry at the Berry Field Day Invitational over the weekend, with the men's team finishing seventh and the women's team 10th.
On the men's side, sophomore Jacob Hadden won the 5,000-meter race with a school-record time of 15 minutes, 9.1 seconds. In the 1500 meters, senior Rodrigo Meade finished second and broke another school record, crossing the finish line in 4:00.1. Freshman Thomas Ridley finished fourth in 4:04.6. The same duo placed in the 800 meters, with Meade finishing third in 1:56.29 and Ridley coming in seventh at 1:57.7. Freshman Toju Etiwe finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 11.5 inches.
On the women's side, senior Arielle Shaw came in second in her signature triple jump, posting a leap of 37-3.75, her best of the season so far. Senior Nicolette Andrey came in third in the long jump, recording a distance of 16-11.5. The Petrels also set a school record in the 4-by-400 relay, as Shaw, Andrey, freshman Sarah Ayoade and junior Kayla Trice teamed up to finish third in 4:06.64.
Freshman Bryce McNealy finished fourth in the 400 meters for the men, getting around the track in 50.01 seconds. The men's 4-by-400 team also placed, coming in fourth with a time of 3:26.51. That squad featured Etiwe, Meade, McNealy and freshman Stephen Summerow. Senior Rod Trujillo made his return to the team and performed well, particularly in the shot put. He finished fifth with a throw of 41-11.25. Junior Andrew Aycock and freshman Sam Hunt finished in the top two in their section of the 5,000 meters.
Freshman Sierra Sieracki finished fifth in the women's high jump, leaping 4 feet, 11.75 inches. In addition, sophomore Courtney Stuart tied for seventh in the pole vault, recording a jump of 9-5.25.
The Petrels will be back in action Friday for their final meet of the regular season. They'll travel up to Sewanee, Tennessee, for the Mountain Laurel Twilight Invitational. After that, they'll head to Conway, Arkansas, for the SAA Track and Field Championships April 26 and 27.