Men's Track and Field Wins Title at Southern Indoor Challenge

Men's Track and Field Wins Title at Southern Indoor Challenge

The Oglethorpe men's track and field team had an outstanding day Monday at the Southern Indoor Challenge, taking the team title at the Birmingham Crossplex in Alabama and seeing three men take individual titles at the meet.

The Petrels got a podium sweep in the 3,000-meter run, as freshman Jacob Hadden finished in 9 minutes, 1.83 seconds to beat out fellow freshman Jonathan Vernon, who came in at 9:14.47 and sophomore Nick Evans, who posted a time of 9:27.23. Hadden also set a school record in the process. The 5,000-meter run saw three Stormy Petrels finish in the top four, as freshman Mateo Villa won the event in 15:56.71 with a school record time, but was quickly followed by fellow freshmen Bill Lester and Nick Berardi, who came in at 16:14.68 and 16:32.82, respectively. Junior Rodrigo Meade also had an outstanding race to win the mile run, finishing in 4:24.9 with a school record time.

Elsewhere, freshman Marcus Alvarez finished sixth in the 200-meter dash, posting a time of 23.06 seconds. Alvarez also finished third in the 400-meter dash, posting a mark of 51.79 seconds, while fellow freshman Justin Hazel came in right behind him in fourth with a 52.08. Freshman Oz Faal finished second in the 800-meter run with a school-record time of 1:57.84, while Meade came in fifth at 2:03.48.

Freshman Chris Williams came in fourth with a school-record time of 9.24 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, while the 4-by-400-meter relay team of Hazel, Alvarez, Williams and Faal finished second in 3:27.67, setting another school record. The distance medley team of freshmen Lindsey Green, Gustav Svenningsson and Nick Wootton, along with sophomore Andrew Aycock, finished fifth with a time of 12:05.9. Finally, Williams finished third in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 2.5 inches.

"I was very pleased with how our kids competed," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "I feel like we set ourselves up well going into the remainder of the indoor season and into the outdoor season. We competed well and fought well, and I'm excited for our future."

The Petrels will next be in action on Saturday, when they travel back up to Tennessee for the Sewanee Indoor Invitational, the final scheduled indoor meet of the season.