BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After a record-breaking performance at the Mt. SAC Relays last week, Ole Miss' Sean Tobin was named the Southeastern Conference Men's Freshman of the Week by the league office Tuesday.
Tobin shattered a 29-year-old Ole Miss record with his personal-best time of 3:42.07 in the 1,500 meters at the historic west-coast track & field meet.
The Clonmel, Ireland native placed eighth in the "elite" division race against other top collegians and some professionals. He was third among collegians and first among freshmen in the race.
In his first attempt at 1,500 meters in a college meet, he broke Doug Smith's school record of 3:44.32, set in 1985, by more than two seconds. Tobin now ranks seventh nationally and first in the SEC at 1,500 meters, as well as 11th nationally and sixth in the SEC at 800 meters (1:47.99 last week at the Alabama-Mississippi Border Clash).
This is the second SEC weekly honor for Tobin, who also earned one during the indoor season. He was the 2014 SEC Indoor Men's Freshman Runner of the Year, as well.
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