Women's Track and Field Finishes Seventh at SAA Championships

Women's Track and Field Finishes Seventh at SAA Championships

The Oglethorpe women's track and field team finished seventh at the SAA Track and Field Championships this weekend in Sewanee, Tennessee, getting several outstanding individual performances in the process.

Sophomore Kayla Trice led the way for the Petrels on Saturday, just as she did on Friday in winning the league title in the long jump. Trice won another SAA championship, earning the title of fastest woman in the league with a victory in the 100-meter dash. Her time of 12.34 seconds beat her nearest competitor by less than half a second. Junior Arielle Shaw also finished in the 100 meters, coming in fourth in 12.83 seconds.

Trice followed that up with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 25.97 seconds. That added to her collection of performances on the weekend.

Junior Nicolette Andrey was dealing with an injury, but still performed well in the 400-meter dash, finishing fifth with a time of 1 minute, 0.28 seconds. She also put up a solid effort in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing seventh in 1:12.46. Meanwhile, junior Kara Jones finished 10th in the 5,000-meter run, coming in with a time of 19:06.15.

The 4-x-100-meter relay team of Trice, Andrey, junior Arielle Shaw and freshman Meghan Myler finished third, recording a time of 49.84 seconds. That put them less than half a second behind the first-place team from Birmingham-Southern. The 4-x-400 team, featuring the same four women, finished fourth with a time of 4:12.67.

Shaw finished second in the triple jump, recording a leap of 37 feet, 2.25 inches.

The Petrels will next be in action on May 5, when they travel to the University of Georgia in Athens for the Torrin Lawrence Memorial.

Day 1 Recap

The Oglethorpe women's track and field team traveled to Sewanee, Tennessee, Friday to compete in the SAA Track and Field Championships. The Stormy Petrels battled hard, earning 13.5 points on the day, allowing them to rank sixth after the first day of competition.

The Petrels saw an outstanding performance from sophomore Kayla Trice, who earned 10 of the Petrels' 13.5 points. She did this by winning the SAA championship in the long jump, leaping 17 feet, 6 inches to take the gold medal at the event. She also earned a spot in Saturday's 200-meter dash final by finishing second in the first heat with a time of 25.88 seconds. Lastly, she gained a spot in the 100-meter dash final on Saturday by finishing first in the second qualifying heat with a time of 12.47 seconds.

Meanwhile, junior Kara Jones came in sixth in the 10,000-meter run, posting a time of 39 minutes, 56.88 seconds. That earned three more points for the Petrels, and earned Jones the new school record.

Freshman Courtney Stuart earned the remaining 0.5 points by tying for eighth place with a pole vault of 8-11.5.

Junior Arielle Shaw also had an impressive afternoon by qualifying for two spots in two different event finals on Saturday. She battled for a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash second preliminary heat with a time of 26.73 seconds. In the 100-meter dash, Shaw finished in 12.84 seconds, giving her second place in the second heat.

Likewise, junior Nicolette Andrey acquired two spots in Saturday's event finals. She won the first heat of the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.37. Furthermore, she finished second with a time of 59.14 seconds in the first heat of the 400-meter dash.

The Petrels will be back on the track at 10 a.m. Eastern on Saturday.