BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ole Miss distance runner Mary Alex England was named Southeastern Conference Women's Freshman of the Week Tuesday after her record-breaking performance at the Drake Relays last week.
Running in her first ever competitive 10,000-meter race, England broke the school record and captured the event title at the prestigious track & field meet.
England crossed the finish line first in 34:48.66 to defeat a field of 26 runners. Her time broke the previous school record of 34:59.20 by more than 10 seconds. She earned the fifth Drake Relays title in Ole Miss women's program history and the first since 2009 (sprint medley relay).
She now ranks eighth in the SEC overall and fourth among freshmen in the 10K.
This is the first SEC weekly honor of England's career.
Ole Miss has one more meet before the SEC Championships. The Rebels will head down to Baton Rouge, La., for Saturday's LSU Invitational that will pit some of the nation's top teams against one another. In addition to LSU and Ole Miss, the scored meet will feature the Florida Gators, Texas A&M Aggies and Miami Hurricanes.
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