Rebel Men Capture Berth at NCAA Championships for Second Consecutive Year
Nov. 13, 2015

Men's Results | Women's Results

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.For the second straight year and the second time in program history, the Ole Miss men’s cross country team will conclude its season at the NCAA Championships. The Rebels earned an automatic berth with a runner-up finish at the NCAA South Region Championships on Friday.

“I'm really proud of how our guys competed today to secure our spot at the NCAA Championships,” cross country coach Ryan Vanhoy said. “Even though we failed to retain the regional title, we had a great battle with FSU which kept the race exciting and close all the way to the end.”

The Rebels narrowly missed out on repeating as regional champions, finishing just four points shy of Florida State, 58 to 62. The men placed three runners in the top 10 and five in the top-24 in the 10K race. Junior MJ Erb (30:54.73) and sophomore Sean Tobin (30:55.66) led Ole Miss, placing sixth and seventh respectively.

Junior Robert Domanic clocked a time of 31:01.87, which was good for 10th place. Junior Craig Engels (31:09.25) finished 15th, while sophomore Mark Robertson (31:33.07) rounded out Ole Miss’ top five runners.

“I felt like we had our best collective effort of the season from our five scorers, which is what you want to see in November,” Vanhoy said. “It was great to see MJ Erb back to his normal self, as well as Sean Tobin and Robert Domanic who had very solid performances. I thought Craig Engels ran very well for a middle distance guy in his first ever 10K today.”

The top five Rebels all received All-Region honors by placing in the top 25. Five All-Region honorees matches the program’s best set last year. The 10 All-Region selections racked up over the past two seasons is more than the men earned in the previous 17 years since joining the South Region in 1997.

Domanic became the first Ole Miss XC runner to garner All-Region honors in three consecutive years and joined Barnabas Kirui as the only Rebel with three in a career.

The Ole Miss women finished seventh at the regional, up six spots from last season. Freshman Nicole Park (21:14.98) finished with the best time for the Rebels (30th overall) for the first time in her young career. Junior Mary Alex England (21:15.08) followed Park closely, finishing right behind her at 31st.

“Our women came up a little short of the goal we had set which was the top five, but it was great to see how much we improved from last year even an on off day,” Vanhoy said. “I can't say enough about how pleased I've been with their development as a team this season, so now we will rest and recharge and get focused on making further strides during track. This group has the potential to do something special next year if we can continue to improve.”

The Rebel men will travel to Louisville, Kentucky, for the NCAA Championship on Saturday, November 21. The race will begin at noon CT from the E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park.

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 10K
6. MJ Erb – 30:54.73
7. Sean Tobin – 30:55.66
10. Robert Domanic – 31:01.87
15. Craig Engels – 31:09.25
24. Mark Robertson – 31:33.07
39. Trevor Gilley – 31:59.10
91. Ian Carter – 33:12.49

Women’s 6K
30. Nicole Park – 21:14.98
31. Mary Alex England – 21:15.08
43. Britt Ummels – 21:29.27
48. Bo Ummels – 21:31.89
59. Emily Bean – 21:44.15
67. Julia England – 21:50.53
88. Shelby Brown – 22:17.68






  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago