Craig Engels Tabbed First Team Academic All-American
June 23, 2017
OXFORD, Miss. – He may be best known for his 80s-style haircut and fun-loving personality, but underneath the surface Craig Engels is quite a scholar-athlete. He was recognized as such Friday when he was named to the 15-man CoSIDA Academic All-America first team for Division I track & field/cross country.
This is the 13th Academic All-America selection in the Rebels’ program history, and Engels is the sixth different Ole Miss individual to earn that elite distinction. He is the first Academic All-American since Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen in 2013. The last first teamer was in 2011 when both Lee Ellis Moore and Sofie Persson received the honor.
Engels, a native of Pfafftown, North Carolina, capped his collegiate career as an SEC champion and first team All-American in the 1500 meters this outdoor season. He was a member of the Rebels’ SEC and NCAA champion distance medley relay squad during the indoor campaign. He is wearing the Ole Miss singlet one last time this week as he competes in the 1500 at the U.S. Championships for a chance to make Team USA for this summer’s IAAF World Championships in London.
Last month, Engels was voted SEC Men’s Track & Field Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league coaches. 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 began pursuit of an MBA in the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration this spring. 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.
“Congratulations to Craig on becoming a CoSIDA Academic All-American,” Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith said. “He works very hard in the classroom and on track. It is an honor well deserved and I couldn't be more proud of him.”
In three years as a Rebel, Engels’ mark on the program is significant. He finished as a six-time All-American, five-time SEC Champion and one-time NCAA Champion on the track, while setting school records in the 1500 (3:37.66) and DMR (9:30.48). He also earned two All-Region honors and one All-SEC distinction in cross country, while helping Ole Miss to two of its first three NCAA team appearances, including the sensational fourth-place podium finish last fall.
Below are the all-time Ole Miss track & field/cross country Academic All-America selections.
1997 Calvin Thigpen – cross country (third team)
1997 Calvin Thigpen – track & field (first team)
1998 Calvin Thigpen – track & field (first team)
1999 Calvin Thigpen – track & field (first team)
1999 Calvin Thigpen – cross country (first team)
2007 Barnabas Kirui (first team)
2009 Lee Ellis Moore (third team)
2010 Lee Ellis Moore (first team)
2011 Lee Ellis Moore (first team)
2011 Sofie Persson (first team)
2011 Barnabas Kirui (second team)
2013 Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen (second team)
2017 Craig Engels (first team)
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