The Oglethorpe women's track and field team enjoyed an excellent performance Saturday at the Tiger Indoor Invitational in Sewanee, Tennessee, finishing in fifth place while accruing a couple of wins and an additional top three finish. The men's team finished seventh and enjoyed three top five performances on the day.
The Stormy Petrels were led on the day by senior Nicolette Andrey, who collected 18 points for her team with a win and two additional top six finishes. Andrey took home gold in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 1 minute, 2.27 seconds en route to the victory. She also came in fourth in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 2.25 inches, then finished sixth in the 200-meter dash in 27.70 seconds.
Fellow senior Arielle Shaw had an outstanding day, as well, picking up a victory in the triple jump. She posted a leap of 35-10.75 to collect the maximum 10 points from that event.
Freshman Sarah Ayoade finished third in the long jump, barely besting Andrey with a distance of 15-3.5. Sophomore My'Chel Robinson finished fifth in the high jump, posting 4-7 on her best leap, while fellow sophomore Courtney Stuart recorded a pole vault of 8-6.25 to finish eighth in that event. Freshman Maya Singleton finished the 55-meter dash in 7.79 seconds, putting her sixth in that race. Sophomore Sydney Payne posted a throw of 33-6.5 in the shot put to finish seventh in that event.
On the men's side, freshman Bryce McNealy finished third in the 400 meters, recording a time of 53.62 seconds. He also scored in the 200 meters, putting up a time of 24.37 seconds to finish eighth. Freshman Thomas Ridley finished fourth in the 3,000-meter run, finishing in 9:23.71, while sophomore Deauntee McDuffie broke his own school record in the pole vault with a leap of 10-11.75 and finished fourth in the event.
In addition, freshman Monte Hahn broke a school record in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.80 seconds. He finished sixth in the preliminary round, just one spot out of qualifying for the finals.
The 4-by-400-meter relay team earned points for the team, as well, with McNealy, McDuffie, and freshmen Josh Stroud and John Griner finishing sixth with a total time of 3:52.22.
"Overall, I'm very pleased with today's performance," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "It's good to see our group get off to a good start in the first meet of the season for a lot of them. I'm excited to see how they build on this moving forward into our upcoming meets."