Engels, Erb Advance on Day One of NCAA Championships
Craig Engels
June 7, 2017

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EUGENE, Ore. – Seniors Craig Engels and MJ Erb advanced through their semifinals to lead the way for No. 17 Ole Miss Wednesday, the first day of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships from Oregon’s Historic Hayward Field.

With Engels advancing in the 1500 meters and Erb in the steeplechase, Friday’s final day of the men’s championship will feature three Rebels with big scoring chances, including junior Brian Williams in the discus.

Engels sat in second place for nearly the entire heat one of the 1500 meters Wednesday before breaking it open over the final 200 meters to take the win in 3:40.07. He will be the top seed in Friday’s 12-man final, which is scheduled for 7:42 p.m. CT on ESPN.

This is the second straight year for Engels, the two-time defending SEC champion in the 1500, to make the final in Eugene. He was a semifinalist in the 800 back in 2015.

It’s also the second straight year for Erb to make the 3000-meter steeplechase final, which is set for Friday at 7:54 p.m. on ESPN, immediately after the 1500. The SEC champion ran second or third for most of his heat. With the top five automatically advancing to the final, the homestretch featured seven men racing for those five spots, and Erb sprinted up to ensure his spot in a blanket finish by the top five men.

Another senior, Dempsey McGuigan, was oh so close to scoring points for the Rebels in the hammer throw. After placing eighth at last year’s NCAA Championships, he was throwing even farther Wednesday, but was done in by an historic performance from the field. In the first NCAA championships ever with eight men to throw over 70 meters, McGuigan finished in 10th with a best throw of 69.14m/226-10. He will earn second team All-America status (finishers 9-16 in each event).

Thursday will feature the first day of competition for the women, including Rebels in the hammer throw (Janeah Stewart), 4x100-meter semifinals (Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Deanna Tate, Breanna Tate), steeplechase semifinals (Shelby Brown) and shot put (Raven Saunders, Stewart).

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Men’s 1500 Meters Semifinals
1. Craig Engels – 3:40.07Q

Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase Semifinals
9. MJ Erb – 8:43.54Q

Men’s Hammer Throw Final
10. Dempsey McGuigan – 69.14m/226-10






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