Rebel Men Grab Fourth Place at Greater Louisville Classic
MJ Erb
Oct. 3, 2015

Men's Gold Results | Women's Gold Results | Women's Blue Results | Men's Gold Results

The No. 13 Ole Miss men’s cross country teamed raced a fourth place finish at the Greater Louisville classic, finishing ahead of two other nationally ranked squads including No. 4 Wisconsin.

"I thought we had a decent showing in our first major competition of the season," cross country coach Ryan Vanhoy said. "They executed the race plan well and closed nicely over the last 3k of the course, which is something we wanted to focus on this weekend."

In his cross country debut as a Rebel, junior MJ Erb led Ole Miss with a fourth place finish by clocking a time of 23:56.80 in the men’s “gold” 8K. Sophomore Sean Tobin’s mark of 24:10.86 was good for ninth place with junior Robert Domanic coming in at 18th (14:24.37).

"MJ Erb and Sean Tobin had good efforts to lead the way for us, getting in the lead pack early on and setting the tone for the group," Vanhoy said. "Robert Domanic was also solid in his first race of the season, and I expect he will continue to close the gap on those top two as we move forward.

Two more runners making their Ole Miss cross country debut rounded out Ole Miss’ top-5. Sophomore Ryan Manahan (24:31.40) and junior Craig Engels (24:36.72) came in at 24th and 30th respectively.

The Rebels top-5 average time of 24:19.21 shaved more than 12 seconds off of last year’s average time at the Greater Louisville Classic.

Junior Mary Alex England’s 7th place finish (17:09.63) led the Ole Miss women to a sixth place finish in the women’s “gold” 5K, ahead of No. 11 Wisconsin.

"We beat some good teams in finishing sixth," Vanhoy said. "All of the teams that finished ahead of us were either nationally ranked or receiving votes in the polls, so that's an encouraging sign."

Sophomore Shelby Brown’s time of 17:19.01 was good for 19th overall. Brown cut 51 seconds off of her time in this event last year. The Ole Miss women’s average time on Saturday was nearly 42 seconds better than at the Louisville Classic last season.

"The women's team continues to improve as Mary Alex England and Shelby Brown led the way for us again this weekend," Vanhoy said. "I was impressed with their willingness to get out hard and mix it up early with some of the top runners in the country."


 

 

Ole Miss also raced in the men and women’s “blue” race with its "B" teams. The Rebel women grabbed a second place finish in the “blue” race, behind only No. 13 West Virginia and ahead of SEC rival Tennessee. The men’s team raced just five runners and finished 30th as a group.

Both teams return to action on October 16. The Ole Miss men travel to the Wisconsin adidas Invitational while the women head to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Classic.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field and Cross Country, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissTrack, as well as Facebook and Instagram.


MEN’S GOLD 8K
4. MJ Erb – 23:56.80
9. Sean Tobin – 24:10.26
18. Robert Domanic – 24:24.37
24. Ryan Manahan – 24:31.40
30. Craig Engels – 24:36.72
57. Mark Robertson – 24:50.63
80. Trevor Gilley – 25:07.04
93. Ian Carter – 25:18.05
129. Derek Gutierrez – 25:47.73
135. Wesley Gallagher – 25:50.98

WOMEN’S GOLD 5K
7. Mary Alex England – 17:09.63
19. Shelby Brown – 17:19.01
66. Elisabeth Gaillet – 17:52.66
78. Nicole Park – 17:58.42
91. Maddy Nikkel – 18:03.21
100. Katherine MacNeal – 18:08.21
103. Britt Ummels – 18:09.14
131. Leanne Zimmer – 18:20.22
135. Bo Ummels – 18:21.77
186. Emily Bean – 18:52.82

WOMEN’S BLUE 5K
15. Maddie McHugh – 18:12.34
16. Jessica Clarke – 18:18.95
18. Scarlett Fox – 18:20.56
19. Anna Braswell – 18:23.74
26. Julia England – 18:28.21
28. Madison Rawson – 18:33.52
35. Haley Ward – 18:41.48
54. Tavyn Lovitt – 18:56.24
103. Kacy Smith – 19:24.35

MEN’S BLUE 8K

20. Brandon Harvey – 25:20.12
140. John Dalton Rohr – 26:56.31
160. Dylan Day – 27:10.20
255. Holland Sherrer – 29:07.64
258. Dameon Morgan – 29:15.99

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