The Oglethorpe men's track and field team finished 17th at their first meet of the season Sunday at the Emory Crossplex Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama, marking the first meet of the season for the squad. The Stormy Petrels got a second-place finish from their 4-by-400 relay squad, and several other solid performances and school records for good measure.
The 4-by-400 relay team of freshmen Chris Williams, Justin Hazel, Oz Faal and Marcus Alvarez performed well, finishing second at the event with a time of 3 minutes, 29.25 seconds. That mark destroyed the old school record of 3:41.87 and served notice that this group will be a force to be reckoned with over the course of the season. In addition, the secondary 4-by-400 team of junior Rodrigo Meade and freshmen Gustav Svenningsson, Deauntee McDuffie and Alex Araya finished sixth in 3:52.87.
Williams had a good day overall. He finished eighth in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 9.75 inches. Then he came back and also came in with an eighth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, completing the race in 9.46 seconds, winning his heat in the process.
Hazel also performed well in the 400-meter dash, taking eighth place with a time of 51.57 seconds, setting a new school record. He beat the time of Alvarez, who had just set the school record in the previous heat, by just over a tenth of a second.
Meade broke his own school record in the mile run, finishing in 4:30.7 to finish 10th in the event and break his record by around five seconds. Faal broke a school record in the 800-meter run, as he finished ninth in 1:59.7. Freshman Jacob Hadden also set a school record with his performance in the 3,000-meter run. He finished 16th with a time of 9:06 in the event, breaking the previous school record by around 20 seconds. Alvarez had an exciting race in the 200-meter dash, as he finished in 13th place in 23.11 seconds. That time allowed him to beat the previous school record by a hundredth of a second.
"Overall, I thought this was a good first meet of the season," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "I thought we performed well in a lot of events and were able to shake the rust off. We also got a number of school records for our efforts. I look forward to seeing this team progress as the year goes on."
The Petrels will next be in action on Feb. 3, when they travel to Sewanee, Tennessee, for the Tiger Indoor Invitational.