Ole Miss Athletes Earn Eight All-America Honors at NCAA Outdoors
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
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:
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