Freshman Oz Faal of the Oglethorpe men's track and field team has been named the SAA Men's Track Athlete of the Week by the league's coaches for his efforts in the Emory Invitational on Friday and Saturday. It marks the second time this season that a member of the team has won the award, after fellow freshman Jacob Hadden took the honor on March 14.
Faal had a record-setting performance this past weekend in the 800-meter run at the event. He finished fourth overall and was the top NCAA Division III finisher with a time of 1 minute, 54.25 seconds. That bested the previous Oglethorpe school record. Faal currently leads the SAA and South/Southeast region in the 800 meters, while ranking second nationally. He also served as part of the 4-by-400-meter relay team that set another school record by finishing in 3:21.5. They finished third in the meet and second among Division III teams.
"I'm super proud of how Oz has been running over the past few weeks," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "He has been training hard, staying focused during competition, and achieving new goals. Oz truly depicted his full talent and ability in the 4-by-400 and 800 school-record races this past weekend. I'm very excited to see how he concludes this freshman season."
Faal and the rest of the Petrels will be back at Emory Friday and Saturday for the Emory Classic. After that, they'll have two more meets over the course of April before heading to the SAA Track and Field Championships April 20 and 21 in Sewanee, Tennessee.