Gaul named AstroTurf SAC Field Athlete of the Week

Gaul named AstroTurf SAC Field Athlete of the Week

Tori Gaul Interview

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Carson-Newman freshman Tori Gaul (Salisbury, N.C.) was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Championships Field Athlete of the Week after her performance at last Saturday's Shorter Invitational.

"It's awesome. I was really surprised. I'm really glad my hard work is paying off and I can see different things happening," Gaul said of her award.

In the pole vault, the freshman bested the record that was set in 2012. Her vault was also three-tenths of a meter higher than any of her closest competitors. She is ranked fifth in the Southeast region in the event.

Gaul recorded two first-place finishes at the Shorter Invitational last weekend with top finishes in the pole vault with a vault of 3.04m and 400m hurdles after running the race in 1:03.93. In each event, Gaul reset the Carson-Newman school record. Her time is the quickest time in the Southeast region.

The Salisbury, N.C.-native reset her own school record in the 400m hurdles that she initially set two weeks ago at the PowerSox Invitational. Her time of 1:03.93 was three seconds quicker than the previous C-N record. She bested the second-place finisher by nearly a full second. 

"I'm really motivated by the fact that I really want to qualify for Nationals and right now, I'm ranked 21st in the nation and to qualify, I have to be top-16," Gaul said of her time in the 400m Hurdles. "That's really pushing me to be better and I have a lot of help from coach (Tony) Parrilla and now Mark Stepp. I'm working really hard to get my team down."

This is the program's second such honor of the season after fellow freshman Tanner Stepp took the award last week and Gaul's SAC honor is the first for the women's program since 2014 when fellow Eagle Tiana Mills garnered the same award.