SLU’s O’Callaghan, NSU’s Arevalo Take Season-Opening Track & Field Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Grant O’Callaghan and Northwestern State’s Marco Arevalo are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.O’Callaghan kicked off the indoor track & field season with a bang, earning a pair of first-place finishes for the Lions at the LSU Purple Tigers Invitational in Baton Rouge, La., last weekend. The SLU junior took top honors in the one-mile race with a 4:20.55 clip as the Lions occupied the top four spots. He then concluded the weekend in the 3,000-meter event with a time of 8:46.42.Arevalo also took home first-place distinctions at the LSU Purple Tiger meet with a 50-7.5-foot (15.43 meter) heave in the shot put event. His toss marks the longest of any Southland shot put participant so far in the 2020 indoor season and was enough to beat out the competition by over four feet.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Grant O’Callaghan, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Flowery Branch, Ga.O’Callaghan competed in his first race in over a year after redshirting the 2019 outdoor track & field and cross country seasons. Without missing a beat, the junior took part in the mile and 3,000-meter events and blew the competition away with a pair of first-place finishes. O’Callaghan topped the one-mile race with a 4:20.55, pacing a quartet of Lions’ runners that occupied the top-four finishing spots. He concluded his weekend with an 8:46.42 performance in the 3,000-meter race, beating the field by a four-second differential.Honorable Mention: Harrison Coleman, New OrleansMen’s Field Athlete of the Week – Marco Arevalo, Northwestern State – So. – Falfurrias, TexasArevalo collected his first career victory at the LSU Purple Tiger meet, recording the longest throw by a Southland shot put competitor in the 2020 indoor season. Each of his final four throws would have won the event, which he won by more than four feet, with a toss of 50-7.5 (15.43 meters).Honorable Mention: Aaron Worrell, New OrleansSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more