Rebel men and women both finish third at SEC Championships
Oct. 27, 2017

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Live Results | Men’s 8K (PDF) | Women’s 6K (PDF)



ATHENS, Ga.
– Despite falling in a pair of narrow battles for a top-two spot for the second straight season, the Ole Miss men’s and women’s cross country teams still recorded historic finishes in third place at the SEC Championships at the University of Georgia on Friday morning.

 

The third-place finishes for both the Rebel men and women constitute the first time in school history that both cross country squads have finished third or better in consecutive seasons after both recorded historic second-place finishes in 2016.

 

For the Rebel men, this is actually the fourth consecutive year they have finished third or better after finishing second in 2014, third in 2015 and runner-up again in 2016 – the best-such streak since Ole Miss started running men’s cross country in the SEC in 1967.

 

For the Rebel women, it’s the second-best finish in program history after last season’s runner-up result. Prior to last season, the top SEC finish in women’s program history came in 2012, when the Rebels finished fourth – thus making this season the first string of back-to-back finishes of third or higher as well.

 

The men’s 8K race was won handedly by a 27th-ranked Arkansas squad that was at full strength for the first time this season, winning by 40 at 41 meet points. An upstart Alabama team – which took the top-three individual spots – narrowly edged out the Rebel men by one point at 81 to Ole Miss’ 82 meet points.

 

Senior Sean Tobin was a rock for the Rebels in his final SEC cross country meet, running in eighth place from wire-to-wire, finishing at 24:02.2 for Second-Team All-SEC honors. It was a tight pack of Rebel scorers from there on out, with senior Derek Gutierrez (14th, 24:20.4, Second-Team All-SEC), freshman Parker Scott (24:22.2, SEC All-Freshman), freshman Waleed Suliman (18th, 24:27.0, SEC All-Freshman) and senior Ryan Manahan (27th, 24:41.9) following Tobin.

 

This is the third All-SEC honor for Tobin during his illustrious career, and the first for fellow senior Derek Gutierrez. Scott and Suliman, meanwhile, are both the first Rebel men to earn All-Freshman honors since Brandon Harvey did so in 2015.

 

The Rebel women ran a similarly solid race, but the No. 6 Razorbacks ran away with the team title to complete the Arkansas sweep with 35 points to runner-up No. 16 Georgia’s 88 points. Ole Miss wasn’t far off in third at 103 points, joining Arkansas as the only women’s team to place all five within the top-25 of scorers.

 

Senior Emily Bean narrowly missed out on All-SEC honors but led the Rebels with a 15th-place finish at a season-best 20:55.1. Freshman Clio Ozanne-Jaques continues her impressive freshman campaign with a 19th-place finish at 21:05.8, becoming the first Rebel to earn SEC All-Freshman honors since Sophie Linn in 2013.

 

Other Rebel scorers included senior Shelby Brown (20th, 21:07.7), junior Anna Braswell (25th, 21:12.6) and senior Hannah Christen (26th, 21:14.4; 25 points).

 

The season is not over yet, though, as the Rebels now look to qualify for the national meet at the NCAA South Regional meet in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Fri., Nov. 10.

 

Men’s 8K Team Scores:

1. #27 Arkansas – 41
2. Alabama – 81
3. #16 Ole Miss – 82
4. Kentucky – 110
5. Tennessee – 125
6. Georgia – 143
7. Missouri – 201
8. Texas A&M – 201
9. Auburn – 206
10. Florida – 272
11. LSU – 312
12. Vanderbilt – 342

 

Women’s 6K Team Scores:

1. #6 Arkansas – 35
2. #16 Georgia – 88
3. #22 Ole Miss – 103
4. Missouri – 164
5. Mississippi State – 167
6. Kentucky – 170
7. Alabama – 171
8. Texas A&M – 181
9. Vanderbilt – 191
10. Tennessee – 231
11. Auburn – 241
12. South Carolina – 304
13. Florida – 366
14. LSU – 396

Men’s Individual Results:

8. Sean Tobin – 24:02.2 (Second-Team All-SEC)
14. Derek Gutierrez – 24:20.4 (Second-Team All-SEC)
15. Parker Scott – 24:22.2 (SEC All-Freshman)
18. Waleed Suliman – 24:27.0 (SEC All-Freshman)
27. Ryan Manahan – 24:41.9
(31.) Brandon Harvey – 24:49.4
(47.) Taylor Caldwell – 25:12.0
(48.) Nolan Hesse – 25:13.2
(53.) Trevor Gilley – 25:20.7
(62.) Ben Savino – 25:37.6
 

Women’s Individual Results:

15. Emily Bean – 20:55.1
19. Clio Ozanne-Jaques – 21:05.8 (SEC All-Freshman)
20. Shelby Brown – 21:07.7
25. Anna Braswell – 21:12.6
26. Hannah Christen – 21:14.4
(40.) Nicole Rice – 21:43.7
(55.) Madeleine King – 22:04.2
(89.) Kat MacNeal – 22:45.2
(109.) Maddy Nikkel – 23:32.1

 

 

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