The Oglethorpe men's track and field team had a good day at the Tiger Indoor Invitational in Sewanee, Tennessee, on Saturday, earning 40 points and taking fifth place out of nine teams, a couple of which were Division II Mississippi College and Clayton State. The Petrels got three medal stand finishes, as well, as freshman Marcus Alvarez took second place in the 400 meters, freshman Chris Williams took third in the long jump, and the distance medley team took second.
Alvarez finished his 400-meter run in 53.54 seconds, and also came in fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 23.93 seconds. Williams lept 20 feet, 5 inches to take third place in the long jump, and he also scored points in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing fourth with a time of 8.97 seconds. In addition, freshman Bill Lester finished fourth for the Petrels in the 3,000 meters, coming in with a time of 9:41.2. Teammate Alex Araya was close behind in sixth, finishing in 9:56.5.
The Petrels had a pair of distance medley teams score points. The top team of freshman Araya, freshman Gustav Svenningsson, and sophomores Nick Evans and Nick Berardi, came in second with a mark of 11:05.1. Not far behind them came the team of freshmen Nick Wootton, Deauntee McDuffie and Slater Guevara, and sophomore Mateo Villa. That group came in fourth with a time of 11:35.3.
"We had a lot of men that were running in events that aren't their specialty today," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "We saw some great efforts and people who really wanted to compete. There were some pleasant surprises and some things we learned that we need to work on as a program. This was a great tune-up heading into the Southern Challenge!"
The Petrels will continue the indoor track and field season with when they travel to Birmingham, Alabama, on Feb. 12 for the Southern Indoor Challenge, an indoor Division III championship featuring teams from the SAA, USA South and American Southwest.