Men's Track and Field Takes Sixth at SAA Championships

Men's Track and Field Takes Sixth at SAA Championships

The Oglethorpe men's track and field team finished sixth this weekend at the SAA Track and Field Championships in Sewanee, Tennessee, collecting 69 total points over the course of the 2-day event.

Freshman Oz Faal led the way for the Stormy Petrels, winning a conference championship in the 800-meter run. He finished in 1 minute, 54.68 seconds to best his nearest competitor by just under a second. Meanwhile, junior Rodrigo Meade earned a second-place finish in the 1500-meter run, posting a time of 4:02.84. Sophomore Nick Evans came in fifth in the 1500 in 4:14.01. Meanwhile, freshman Marcus Alvarez finished second in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 48.8 seconds. Alvarez also finished fourth in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 21.96 seconds.

The 4-x-400-meter relay squad of Faal, Meade, Hazel and freshman Marcus Alvarez finished second, finishing in 3:22.61. Meanwhile, the 4-x-100 relay squad of Hazel, senior Robert Goldin, and freshmen Gustav Svenningsson and Deauntee McDuffie finished seventh in 46.93 seconds. 

The Petrels will next be in action on May 5 from Athens on the campus of the University of Georgia, where they'll compete in the Torrin Lawrence Memorial.  

Day 1 Recap

The Oglethorpe men's track and field team traveled to Sewanee, Tennessee, on Friday to kick off their 2-day stay at the SAA Track and Field Championships. With six events finished and scored, the Stormy Petrels ended the day in sixth place with 19 points.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, freshman Jacob Hadden finished second in the event with a time of 9 minutes, 39.48 seconds. Meanwhile, sophomore Jonathan Vernon finished fifth with a time of 10:15.3. Combined, the two runners earned 12 points for the Petrels.

Additionally, the Petrels competed hard in the 10,000-meter run, where they had two runners combining for five total points. Sophomore Mateo Villa finished with a time of 34:03.56, earning sixth place. Finishing next, in seventh place, was freshman Bill Lester, who posted a time of 34:12.53. Sophomore Nick Berardi finished in ninth place, causing him to barely miss out on scoring more points for his squad.

Freshman Deauntee McDuffie accumulated the final two points in the pole vault, finishing seventh with a leap of 11 feet, 5.25 inches.

The Petrels displayed a strong performance in the 400-meter dash preliminaries, having two runners qualify for Saturday's final. In Heat 2, freshman Justin Hazel finished first with a time of 50.11 seconds. Meanwhile in Heat 3, freshman Marcus Alvarez finished first with a time of 49.70 seconds. Alvarez also competed in the 200-meter dash preliminaries, where he finished second in the first heat with a time of 22.12 seconds, allowing him to qualify for Saturday's final in that event.

The Petrels will be back on the track at 10 a.m. Eastern on Saturday for Day 2 of the event.