Ole Miss Earns School-Record 13 Indoor All-America Honors
Raven Saunders won the NCAA indoor shot put title, and Janeah Stewart was eighth.
March 13, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – It’s getting hard to keep up with all the history the Ole Miss track & field teams are making under second-year head coach Connie Price-Smith.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday the 2017 Indoor All-Americans, and Ole Miss boasts a school-record 13 honorees. That shatters the previous record of six set in 1999 and tied last year.

The following Rebels earned All-America status for their performances at last weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. They helped the Rebel women to a program-best 12th-place finish and the men to 16th place, as Ole Miss was one of 13 schools with both its men and women in the top 25. It was the second time in school history the Rebel men and women both finished top 25 at the same NCAA indoor meet (2011).

First Team All-Americans

  • Nick DeRay – NCAA Champion men’s distance medley relay (9:31.32)
  • Robert Domanic – NCAA Champion men’s distance medley relay (9:31.32)
  • Craig Engels – NCAA Champion men’s distance medley relay (9:31.32)
  • MJ Erb – 7th place men’s 5000m (13:51.73)
  • Raven Saunders – NCAA Champion women’s shot put (19.56m/64-2.25 – collegiate record, meet record, facility record, school record)
  • Raven Saunders – 7th place women’s weight throw (20.81m/68-3.25)
  • Janeah Stewart – 8th place women’s shot put (17.23m/56-6.5)
  • Sean Tobin – NCAA Champion men’s distance medley relay (9:31.32)

Second Team All-Americans

Athletes who finished 1-8 at NCAAs this past weekend in individual events and as part of relay teams were designated first team All-America. The rest of the finishers were second team All-America - unless he or she did not finish or was disqualified from competition and in that case, was named honorable mention.

DeRay, Stewart and Williams are Division I All-Americans for the first time in their college careers, while Domanic, Engels, Erb, Manahan, Murray, Saunders and Tobin are repeat All-Americans (either indoor or outdoor).

Here are the total number of career All-America honors for each of the 2017 indoor recipients:

  • Raven Saunders – 6x All-American – 4 at Ole Miss, 2 at Southern Illinois (3x indoor shot put, 1x indoor weight throw, 2x outdoor shot put)
  • Craig Engels – 5x All-American (1x indoor 800m, 2x indoor DMR, 1x outdoor 800m, 1x outdoor 1500m)
  • Robert Domanic – 4x All-American (2x indoor DMR, 2x outdoor 1500m)
  • Ryan Manahan – 3x All-American – 1 at Ole Miss, 2 at Georgetown (2x indoor 800m, 1x indoor DMR)
  • MJ Erb – 2x All-American (1x indoor 5000m, 1x outdoor 3000m steeplechase)
  • Lindsey Murray – 2x All-American – 1 at Ole Miss, 1 at Southern Illinois (2x indoor pole vault)
  • Sean Tobin – 2x All-American (2x indoor DMR)

Of note, the men’s distance medley relay squad is the first Ole Miss relay of any kind to win a national title. Saunders, who broke her own collegiate record in the indoor shot put, is the first Rebel to win a national title in the indoor shot put, avenging her 12th-place showing at the meet last season. Williams is the first Ole Miss man to earn All-America honors in the indoor shot put, and Murray is the first Rebel woman to be an All-American in the indoor pole vault.

Ole Miss now has 182 All-America selections among 85 different athletes in program history.

Last June, the Rebels set a school record for outdoor All-Americans with 13 after the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

The highly anticipated 2017 outdoor season gets underway in less than two weeks, when Ole Miss hosts the March 24-25 Joe Walker Invitational. The Rebels will welcome about 15 visiting teams to the newly renovated track & field complex for their first home track meet since March 2014.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter (@OleMissTrack), Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

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