Published on June 14, 2016 by Philip Poole  
Arsene Guillorel
Arsene Guillorel

Three Samford University track and field student-athletes competed in the recent NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon. All three earned All-America honors.

Pole vaulter Tray Oates was named first-team All-America after finishing seventh in the nation. He is Samford’s first-ever first team All-American in track and field.

Distance runner Arsene Guillorel was second-team All-America, and middle-distance runner Karisa Nelson was honorable mention All-America.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.