Freshman Oz Faal of the Oglethorpe men's track and field team has been named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-South/Southeast Region list for the outdoor season. It marks the men's track and field program's first-ever All-Region honor, as the USTFCCCA began giving out All-Region accolades for track and field in 2016.
Faal earned the accolade for his performance in the 800-meter run, as he finished with the fifth-best time in the region in that event. He recorded a time of 1 minute, 54.3 seconds at the Emory Invitational on March 23. That allowed him to finish fourth in the 800 at that meet, and to come in behind only Christopher Newport's Cullen Monahan (best time in the region: 1:51.1), Piedmont's Alvin Jacobs, Christopher Newport's Cavanaugh McGaw, and Berea's Logan McKenzie for the region's best mark over the course of the season.
He also earned SAA Men's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year honors for his efforts over the course of the season, and took home All-SAA First Team accolades after winning the SAA 800-meter championship with a time of 1:54.7 at the conference meet in late April.
"Oz had an outstanding freshman season," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "Earning both All-Region and conference championship honors in your first year is a tremendous accomplishment, and Oz has been an outstanding addition to our middle distance group this season!"
The top five individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the region's top three relay teams. A total of 743 athletes from 192 programs earned 948 All-Region honors.