The Oglethorpe track and field teams competed this weekend at the Southern Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama, with the men's team finishing tied for eighth and the women coming in 12th at the meet, which featured competitors from all divisions of NCAA play as well as the NAIA.
On the men's side, sophomore Jacob Hadden won the 5,000-meter run and set a school record with a time of 15 minutes, 29.09 seconds. Freshman Thomas Ridley came in second in the 1500-meter run, posting a time of 4:03.84. Senior Rodrigo Meade finished eighth in the event with a time of 4:10.07. Freshman Bryce McNealy finished third in the 400-meter dash with a lap of 49.75 seconds, while freshman Toju Etiwe came in fourth in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 3.75 inches. The Petrels had two participants score in the 800-meter run as Meade finished sixth in 1:59.14 and Ridley came in eighth in 2:00.45. Sophomore Deauntee McDuffie finished eighth in the pole vault with a leap of 11-11.75.
On the women's side, senior Nicolette Andrey broke the school record in the long jump with a leap of 18-0.5. The mark put her fourth in the event behind NAIA and NCAA Division II competition. Fellow senior Arielle Shaw finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 36-8.5, finishing only behind a Division II athlete. Sophomore Courtney Stuart finished fifth in the pole vault, putting together a leap of 9-6.25. Sophomore Sydney Payne finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet even.
The Petrels will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Conway, South Carolina, for the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational March 14-16. After that, they'll return to Atlanta for two straight weekends at Emory with the Emory Invitational March 22-23 and the Emory Classic March 29-30.