Engels Leads Eight Rebels with SEC Track & Field Postseason Honors
Craig Engels celebrates with fans after winning his fifth career SEC title at the recent outdoor championships in Columbia, South Carolina.
May 31, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Ole Miss senior Craig Engels has been voted Southeastern Conference Men’s Track & Field Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league coaches, headlining a group of eight Rebels with postseason accolades.

A native of Pfafftown, North Carolina, Engels has proven to be a leader on the track and in the classroom. After graduating in December with a bachelor’s degree in general studies (minors in business administration, environmental studies and theatre) and a 3.63 final GPA, Engels is pursuing an MBA in the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration. He is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree and three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

A five-time All-American and hopeful to earn a sixth honor next week in Eugene, Oregon, Engels has won SEC titles in the outdoor 1500 meters and indoor distance medley relay this year, as well as leading the Rebels to a national title in the DMR. It was the first national title in any relay in Ole Miss history. He is a career five-time SEC champion and owns school records in the outdoor 1500 (3:37.66) and indoor DMR (9:30.48). 

Engels shared the men’s scholar-athlete of the year award with Arkansas’ Kenzo Cotton.

Three Rebels made first team All-SEC, three earned second-team status and two made the All-Freshman squad.

First team All-SEC honors went to individual or relay event champions, while second-team accolades were given to individuals and relay members who finished second or third at the SEC outdoor meet. All-Freshman status was bestowed on the top freshman finisher in each individual event. 

Here are the Ole Miss honorees: 

Men’s All-SEC First Team
Craig Engels (1500m champion)
MJ Erb (5000m champion, 3000m steeplechase champion)
Brian Williams (discus champion)

Women’s All-SEC Second Team
Shelby Brown (3000m steeplechase third place)
Mary Alex England (5000m third place)
Janeah Stewart (discus second place, shot put third place, hammer throw third place)

Men’s SEC All-Freshman Team
Parker Scott (1500m)
Robinson Snider (10,000m)

The men’s overall award recipients, as voted on by the league coaches, were given to Christian Coleman of Tennessee (Runner of the Year); Lindon Victor of Texas A&M (Field Athlete of the Year); Grant Holloway of Florida (Freshman Runner of the Year); Ja’Mari Ward of Missouri (Freshman Field Athlete of the Year); Kenzo Cotton of Arkansas (Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year); Craig Engels of Ole Miss (Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year); and Pat Henry of Texas A&M (Coach of the Year).

The women’s award recipients include Aleia Hobbs of LSU (Runner of the Year); Keturah Orji of Georgia (Field Athlete of the Year); Jaevin Reed of Texas A&M (Co-Freshman Runner of the Year); Ruby Stauber of LSU (Co-Freshman Runner of the Year); Beatrice Llano of Georgia (Freshman Field Athlete of the Year); Lexi Weeks of Arkansas (Scholar-Athlete of the Year); and Lance Harter of Arkansas (Coach of the Year).

Next up for Ole Miss are the NCAA Outdoor Championships next Wednesday-Saturday in Eugene, Oregon. The Rebels will have 11 athletes and 10 entries in Track Town USA after qualifying last week at the NCAA East Preliminary in Lexington, Kentucky.

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