Rebels’ Distance Medley Relay Squad Wins UCS Invitational in Record Fashion
Rebels' Distance Program Quickly Becoming One of Nation's Best
Recognized for Indoor Track & Field Season Success
Six Make First Team, Two Make Second Team
Earns Her Second Top-Five Finish in as Many Races
Ryan Vanhoy is in his fourth season as an assistant coach on the Ole Miss track & field staff. He also oversees the cross country teams.
The 2015 USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year’s work with the distance runners in both cross country and on the track has produced some of the best results in school history.
During his third season in 2015-16, Vanhoy helped the men’s team continue dominance in the SEC and contention at the National level. The Rebels won a program best five SEC titles at the 2016 Indoor Championships, four of which were in distance races. Robert Domanic won the men’s mile, Ryan Walling won the men’s 3000m and 5000m and the quartet of Trevor Gilley, Craig Engels, Ryan Manahan, and Robert Domanic won the third straight men’s distance medley relay championship, all of which Vanhoy was a coach for.
Ryan Walling was named co-winner of the Cliff Harper Trophy (most points in SEC meet) and his win in the 3000m was the first SEC Championship at the event in school history while the distance medley relay quartet were named All-Americans, another first for the program.
The Rebels finished the meet with a total of six All-Americans (five being distance runners) tying the school record for the Indoor Championships.
Vanhoy’s coaching allowed the Rebels to sweep the men’s distance races at the meet, while finishing 1-2-3 in the men’s mile (Domanic, Sean Tobin, Manahan) and 3000m (Walling, Tobin, Wesley Gallagher).
The Rebels also set school records in four women’s distance events. The quartet of Britt Ummels, Jolie Carbo, Shelby Brown and Leanna Zimmer ran a program best 11:28.27 in the women’s distance medley relay. The Ummels twins were able to set school records as well. Britt Ummels added a 3000m school record to her part in the DMR, running a 9:24.09 while her sister, Bo Ummels set a school record in the women’s mile running a 4:47.10. Emily Bean finished off the school records on the women’s side by running a 16:21.96 in the 5000m.
At the 2016 SEC outdoor meet the men finished fifth, the second best finish all-time at the meet. While the men also turned in five All-Americans, first teamers Domanic and Engels (1500m), MJ Erb (steeplechase), Walling (5000m) and second team member Holland Sherrer (800m).
During the 2015 cross country season, the Rebels were able to earn five All-Region honors; Tobin, Engels, Erb, Robertson, Tobin and Domanic. Robert Domanic also became only the second three-time All-Region runner in program history, the other being Barnabas Kirui (2006, 2009, 2010).
Mary Alex England was named 2nd team All-SEC as well. With Brandon Harvey earning a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team.
At the 2015 NCAA South Region the men’s team was able to finish 2nd earning them a trip to the NCAA Championships. The women finished in a program-best 7th.
During his second season in 2014-15, Vanhoy has helped guide the men's distance program into uncharted territory. The Rebels set a school record with 14 entries at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, including 1500-meter runners Robert Domanic and Trevor Gilley, who were the first Rebels to ever qualify for nationals in the event. Additionally, Craig Engels competed in the 800 during the event.
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