Ten Rebels Earn National Academic Honors from USTFCCCA
Aug. 10, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recently announced their 2017 All-Academic awards for track & field, which included 10 Ole Miss student-athletes and the women’s team.

This is the first time since the USTFCCCA began handing out track & field all-academic team awards in 1999 that the Ole Miss women have been honored for achieving better than a 3.0 cumulative team grade point average. 

Three Ole Miss men and seven women received 2017 All-Academic accolades:

Name – Year – Event(s) – Major
Nick DeRay – Freshman – Sprints – Business
Craig Engels – Senior – Distance – Master of Business Administration
Ryan Manahan – Senior – Distance – General Studies
Anna Braswell – Junior – Distance – Geological Engineering
Hannah Christen – Junior – Distance – General Studies
Mary Alex England – Senior – Distance – Master in Accountancy
Nicole Kallenberger – Freshman – Pole Vault – Accountancy
Katherine MacNeal – Junior – Distance – Exercise Science
Kaira Simmons – Freshman – Jumps – Criminal Justice
Callie Watson – Senior – Pole Vault – Exercise Science

To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards:

  • For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.
  • For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Among the Ole Miss honorees, three earned All-America distinction in 2017 (DeRay, Engels, Manahan), four made All-SEC teams (DeRay, Engels, Braswell, England) and two made SEC All-Freshman squads (Kallenberger, Simmons).

DeRay and Engels were members of Ole Miss’ distance medley relay squad that captured NCAA and SEC titles in 2017. It was the Rebels’ first national title in a relay and their fourth straight SEC title in the DMR.

Engels and Braswell were shining examples in the classroom this year. Engels captured first team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and was Ole Miss’ nominee for the H. Boyd McWhorter Award that goes to the SEC’s top male scholar. Braswell was a CoSIDA Academic All-District VI honoree with a sparkling 3.93 GPA in geological engineering. She also anchored the Rebels’ school-record women’s DMR squad to a bronze medal at the SEC indoor meet.

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