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Men’s Track and Field Team Wins National Championship

By Lechelle Calderwood

Zouhair Talbi
Zouhair Talbi

The OCU Stars won their first men’s track and field team national championship title at the NAIA National Championships on March 5 at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, South Dakota.

Oklahoma City University has now claimed a total of 71 national championships, including at least one each year dating back to 1994.

OCU also won three individual national titles when senior Zouhair Talbi placed first in the mile, 3K and 5K. For the second consecutive year, Talbi was awarded the title of most valuable performer.

The Stars took home 12 all-American honors, beating a previous high of eight. Talbi earned seven all-American finishes. Sophomore Shimales Abebe took home three all-American honors with second-place in the mile and 3K and third-place in the 5K.

Shimales Abebe
Shimales Abebe

Freshman JaQuavious Harris earned all-American honors with fourth place in the 1K and eighth place in the mile.

Coach Freezer Legesse was named coach of the year.

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