Ole Miss Athletes Earn Eight All-America Honors at NCAA Outdoors
Janeah Stewart became the first Ole Miss woman to earn three All-America honors at a single NCAA outdoor championship.
June 12, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – After some historic feats never before accomplished by Ole Miss track & field athletes at last week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Rebels earned a total of eight All-America accolades announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). 

First-team honors went to those athletes from individual events and relay teams that finished first through eighth in Eugene, Oregon, while those who finished ninth through 16th nabbed second-team billing.

Ole Miss athletes earned All-America honors as follows:

First Team All-Americans

  • Craig Engels – 3rd place men’s 1500 meters (3:43.54)
  • MJ Erb – 4th place men’s 3000-meter steeplechase (8:32.38)
  • Raven Saunders – 4th place women’s shot put (17.47m/57-3.75)
  • Janeah Stewart – 5th place women’s shot put (17.42m/57-2)
  • Brian Williams – 4th place men’s discus (59.95m/196-8)

Second Team All-Americans

The Ole Miss men finished in a tie for 14th in the final team standings, while the women were tied for 29th. It was the fourth-best men’s outdoor finish in Ole Miss history.

Engels, a senior from Pfafftown, North Carolina, earned first-team outdoor All-America status for the second straight year and became the Rebels’ highest finisher ever in the 1500 meters.

Erb, a senior from Farmington, New York, made first-team All-America in the steeplechase for the second straight year and produced the second-best result in school history behind Barnabas Kirui’s 2007 NCAA championship.

Saunders, a four-time NCAA champion in the shot put (two indoor, two outdoor), earned first team All-America distinction for the third straight year outdoors. The junior from Charleston, South Carolina, produced the second-best NCAA outdoor shot put result in school history behind her own victory from a year ago.

In her first NCAA outdoor meet, Stewart became the first Rebel woman to earn All-America distinction in three events, including first team in the shot put. The junior from Calumet City, Illinois, is the school’s first All-American female in both the discus and hammer throw. 

Williams, another NCAA newcomer who hails from Warren, Michigan, earned first-team status with the best NCAA discus result (fourth place) in Ole Miss history.

McGuigan, a senior from London, U.K., made All-American in the hammer throw for the second straight year. His 69.14m/226-10 would have made the nine-man final in any other previous year at the championships. In fact, that mark would have placed second overall as recently as 2013. 

Ole Miss now has 190 All-America selections (indoor and outdoor combined) among 85 different athletes in program history.

Honorable mention All-America status was given to those who finished 17th through 24th, including Ole Miss’ Shelby Brown (23rd women’s steeplechase) and the 4x100-meter quartet of Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Deanna Tate and Breanna Tate (19th place).

Here are the updated career All-America totals for each of the 2017 outdoor recipients:

  • Craig Engels – 6x All-American (2x outdoor 1500m, 1x outdoor 800m, 2x DMR, 1x indoor 800m)
  • MJ Erb – 3x All-American (2x steeplechase, 1x indoor 5000m)
  • Dempsey McGuigan – 2x All-American (2x hammer throw)
  • Raven Saunders – 7x All-American – 5 at Ole Miss, 2 at Southern Illinois (3x outdoor shot put, 3x indoor shot put, 1x weight throw)
  • Janeah Stewart – 5x All-American (1x outdoor shot put, 1x discus, 1x hammer throw, 1x indoor shot put, 1x weight throw)
  • Brian Williams – 2x All-American (1x discus, 1x indoor shot put)

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


 

 

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