Track and field has solid day at Southern Indoor Challenge

Track and field has solid day at Southern Indoor Challenge

The Oglethorpe track and field teams competed at the Southern Indoor Challenge Monday in Birmingham, Alabama, and both the men's and women's teams acquitted themselves well in the individuals-only, no-team-scoring event.

The men's distance medley relay team earned the lone victory on the day for the Stormy Petrels. The team of senior Rodrigo Meade, freshmen Bryce McNealy and Thomas Ridley, and sophomore Jacob Hadden set a school record with a time of 10 minutes, 37.8 seconds on the Birmingham Crossplex track.

Though the women's team did not pick up an event win, they saw two podium finishes and had another competitor finish in the top four. Sophomore Courtney Stuart set a school record in the pole vault, completing the first 10-foot vault in the program's history – she came in at 10 feet even – to finish second in the event. Meanwhile, senior Arielle Shaw finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 7.75 inches. Senior Kara Jones finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run, setting a school record in the process. She finished in 18:49.03.

On the men's side, the team got two additional school record performances. Freshman Hayden Guthrie completed the 5,000 meters in 15:48.21, while sophomore Deauntee McDuffie bested the pole vault record he set just over a week ago by recording a vault of 11 feet, 5.75 inches. Both competitors finished seventh in their respective events.

Senior Nicolette Andrey finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 16-5.25 and eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.65. Meanwhile, the women's distance medley relay squad of Jones and freshmen Sarah Ayoade, Morgan Davenport and Gabby Huff-Streiter finished seventh with a time of 14:03.93.

Rounding out the men's side of the ledger, the Petrels got two top eight finishers in the 800-meter run, as Meade finished sixth in 1:58.31 while Ridley finished seventh in 1:59.43. McNealy finished eighth in the 600-meter run, finishing in 1:25.86.