Rebel Cross Country Begins 2012 Campaign Saturday

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Katie Breathitt (photo by Joshua McCoy)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Katie Breathitt (photo by Joshua McCoy)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 31, 2012

Results (All Trax Timing)

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss cross country teams will begin the 2012 season with a new coaching staff for the first time in 30 years this season.

Mississippi native and former Ole Miss student-athlete Brian O’Neal helped turn Florida into a championship-caliber program and returned to the Rebels as the new track & field/cross country coach in June 2012, replacing Joe Walker, who had been at the helm of the Rebels’ program since 1988.

O’Neal’s first event to lead the Rebels comes at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic, hosted by Christian Brothers University this Saturday. The meet begins at 8:40 p.m. for the women and 9:20 p.m. for the men.

“We are excited to get started,” O’Neal said. “We are anxious to see who steps up and if there are any surprises.”

The Ole Miss women’s cross country team is ranked No. 4 in the preseason regional rankings by the USTFCCCA, while the men begin the season at No. 10 by the same organization.

“I’m eager to see who can play a part in a game-time situation,” O’Neal said. “This is only week one. Our goal is to get better each and every week until we go to the SEC Championship.”

With a strong preseason ranking, the women are looking to build off one of their best seasons in school history. The Rebels finished an all-time best fifth at the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships last year. Logan Waites became the school’s first All-SEC honoree in her senior year, while All-Region runner Katie Breathitt returns to lead the Rebels in her senior season.

Breathitt’s twin sister, Kelsey Breathitt, and other seniors Anne Threlkeld and Amy McCrory give Ole Miss a solid group of leaders this season.

Other key returners include junior Kayleigh Skinner and sophomores Haley Cutright and McKenna Coughlin.

O’Neal will look to build around senior Riley Young and juniors Max Holman and Loren Newsom, among others. The Rebels will have to replace Martin Kirui who was an All-SEC second-team runner during his final year of eligibility.

Ole Miss will get a boost from incoming freshman Seumas O’Reilly, who has been one of the top distance runners in the Virginia high school ranks throughout his career.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • New Hitting Coach Mike Clement Q-And-A

      Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Baseball

      On the transition as new hitting coach: The transition has been really good. The coaching staff has made it a lot easier on me than what it could be. It's definitely been a whirlwind. On what he knew about Ole... read more

    • UPDATED: Hugh Freeze's Day At ESPN Car Wash

      Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Football

      UPDATE: Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.Here are more of Coach Freeze's interviews in Bristol. Scroll down to the earlier post to hear him on Ivan Maisel's podcast. Listen: Freeze on the Paul Finebaum Show Listen: Freeze on the Freddie Coleman ShowListen:... read more

    • Freeze Visits ESPN Headquarters Monday

      Sunday, July 20, 2014 - Football

      All 14 Southeastern Conference football coaches will travel to ESPN's annual mid-summer football coaches "car wash" - in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day - at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday and Tuesday. Ole... read more

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss At SEC Media Days

      Friday, July 18, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss took its turn at the annual SEC Media Days on Thursday. Joining head coach Hugh Freeze was senior quarterback Bo Wallace, junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and senior safety Cody Prewitt. Here are a few related SEC Media... read more

    • Rebels Raise Expectations Entering Year Three

      Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said on day one that his expectations were to make the program relevant in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. With a full allotment of 85 scholarship players and more depth of both sides of... read more

    • Healthy, Confident Wallace Eyes Atlanta

      Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Football

      Once overshadowed, Wallace now finds himself more firmly in the spotlight after the departure of seven of the league's eight top passers. The dean of SEC quarterbacks, Wallace is the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing... read more

    • Freeze Meets With Local Media At Media Days

      Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Football

      Before taking his turn at the podium in the main room at SEC Media Days on Thursday, head coach Hugh Freeze met with members of the Ole Miss local media and addressed a wide variety of topics. Here are some... read more

    • What They're Saying: Day 3 Of SEC Media Days

      Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Three of SEC Media Days, which featured Steve Shaw (SEC), Justin Connolly (ESPN),... read more

    • What They're Saying: Day 2 Of SEC Media Days

      Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Two of SEC Media Days, which featured South Carolina, Mississippi State, Texas A&M... read more

    • Ole Miss In CFB 24/7 14 For '14 Series

      Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - Football

      NFL.com CFB 24/7 has counted down the 14 college football players to watch -- and some other college football topics -- in varying categories in 2014. Below are the highlights for Ole Miss and the link to the complete 14... read more

    • What They're Saying: Day 1 Of SEC Media Days

      Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day 1 of SEC Media Days, which featured SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Auburn, Florida... read more

    • Cozart Named Best Defensive SS Of First Half

      Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Baseball

      Former Ole Miss player Zack Cozart, now a member of the Cincinnati Reds, was named the best defensive shortstop in baseball for the first half of the 2014 season. ESPN Insider Scott Spratt selected one player from either league at... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Baseball Postseason

      Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Baseball

      The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Bound from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 1: Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 2: Super Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 3: CWS Games 1 & 2... read more

    • Ole Miss Preps For SEC Media Days

      Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - Football

      Three student-athletes and the head coach of each of the 14 Southeastern Conference football programs will participate in SEC Football Media Days, July 14-17, at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.Ole Miss will take its... read more

    • Ole Miss And The World Cup

      Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Athletics

      The United States' run in the 2014 World Cup came to an end with a 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium in the Round of 16. For many fans, it's also the end of the road, but for a few Ole... read more