The Oglethorpe track and field teams got their spring season underway Sunday at the Emory Crossplex Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama, and the event saw the men's team finish tied for 16th while the women's team got several solid performances on the day.
The big result of the day on the men's side came from senior Rodrigo Meade, who finished second in the mile run. He completed the race in 4 minutes, 23 seconds to come in less than two seconds behind the leader and earn his team eight of their 12 points on the day. He also bested his own school record in the process. Meanwhile, sophomore Jacob Hadden also bested his own school record and earned an eighth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run, recording a time of 8:51.3 to come in fifth among Divison III athletes. Freshman Bryce McNealy finished the 400-meter dash in 51.54 seconds, besting the school record in that indoor discipline, as well. He finished 16th in the race and third among Division III athletes.
Additionally, freshman Aidan Goldston won his heat while running his first ever 3,000-meter race. He recorded a time of 9:03.2 and finished 12th overall and seventh among Division III athletes.
The other three points of the 12 the Oglethorpe's men's team scored came from a sixth-place finish in the men's distance medley. The squad of junior Nick Evans, freshmen Thomas Ridley and John Griner, and junor Nick Berardi finished in 11:13.6, placing them fourth among Division III teams.
On the women's side, senior Kara Jones finished ninth in the 3,000-meter run, completing the race in 10:57.2 to finish third among Division III athletes and beat her own school record in the process. Sophomore Courtney Stuart finished 15th in the pole vault with a jump of 8 feet, 8.25 inches, putting herself fourth among Division III athletes. Meanwhile, senior Nicolette Andrey finished 22nd overall and third among Division III athletes in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 1:01.7.
The Petrels will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, when they head to Sewanee, Tennessee, for the Tiger Indoor Invitational.