The Oglethorpe women's track and field team enjoyed an excellent meet Monday at the Southern Indoor Challenge in Birmingham, Alabama, finishing third at the meet while seeing a couple of athletes finish first in their respective events.
Sophomore Kayla Trice won the long jump competition, recording a leap of 16 feet, 1.5 inches. In addition, junior Kara Jones took first place by over a lap in the 5,000-meter run, finishing in 19 minutes, 0.17 seconds, a mark which put her over 43 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor and gave her a school record.
Additionally, Trice finished second in the 60-meter dash in 7.82 seconds, a mark which puts her in a tie for 13th in the nation in the discipline and gives her the school record. The competitors with the top 17 marks at the end of the indoor season will qualify for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships back in Birmingham in March. She finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.56 seconds, as well.
Junior Nicolette Andrey came in second in the 400-meter dash, posting a mark of 59.52 seconds. Freshman Julie Ericson finished fourth in the 800-meter run with time of 2:33.96, while freshman Reagan Godwin came in sixth in 11:35.24 in the 3,000-meter run. The 4-by-400-meter relay team of Andrey, junior Arielle Shaw, and freshmen Meghan Myler and Ericson finished third in 4:20.23. Freshman Courtney Stuart finished third in the pole vault with a school-record leap of 9-0.25. Andrey finished third behind Trice in the long jump, leaping 15-4.25.
"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.