Rebels Continue Historic Season at NCAA Championship
Robert Domanic (photo by David Christy)
Nov. 20, 2014

Ole Miss will once again rewrite the history book as it heads to Terre Haute, Indiana, for the cross country program's first NCAA Championship on Saturday.

The No. 24 Rebels, nationally ranked for the first time in program history, qualified for the Championship by winning the South Region in decisive fashion, finishing 42 points better than runner-up Florida State. Ole Miss placed six runners in the top 29, including three of the top five. 

The Rebels also matched the program's best SEC finish two weeks prior to the regional, coming in just six points behind Arkansas for a runner-up finish. Ole Miss and Arkansas are the only two SEC teams to qualify for the men's NCAA Championship.

O'Neal was named the USTFCCCA South Region Coach of the Year after guiding the Rebels to this landmark season.

The men's race will begin at noon CT at the LaVern Gibson National Championship Cross Country Course, streamed live on NCAA.com. The Rebels competed earlier in the season at the course at the Pre-Nationals Invitational and earned an eighth-place finish.

While this is the first team appearance for the Rebels, junior Wesley Gallagher ran at the NCAA Championship as an individual qualifier while attending Northeastern last year.

Along with Gallagher, the Ole Miss lineup includes Sean Tobin, Robert Domanic, Trevor Gilley, Taylor Caldwell, Mark Robertson and Daniel Bulmer.

The Rebels have racked up numerous awards this season, including SEC Freshman of the Year (Tobin), five All-Region honorees (Gallagher, Tobin, Domanic, Gilley, Caldwell), three All-SEC first teamers (Gallagher, Tobin, Domanic) and three SEC All-Freshmen (Tobin, Caldwell, Robertson).

Be sure and follow Ole Miss on Twitter at @OleMissTrack and O'Neal @CoachBrianONeal. Also, check out Facebook.com/OleMissTrack.

 

 

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