Four Rebels and Women's XC Team Earn National Academic Honors
Feb. 15, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss Cross Country had an historic season last fall, with the men placing fourth in the nation and the women 23rd, both program bests.

Turns out, the Rebels were excelling in the classroom at the same time.

For their performance in both areas, the Ole Miss women's cross country team was named an All-Academic Team, while men's runner Craig Engels and women's runners Mary Alex England, Bo Ummels and Britt Ummels were awarded All-Academic Individual status by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Ole Miss women boasted a 3.29 cumulative team grade point average following the fall semester. The Rebels were among 242 women's programs that earned the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team distinction in 2016 by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative team GPA and sending at least five runners to an NCAA Cross Country Regional.

The Rebel women earned the distinction for the seventh straight year.

Individuals earned All-Academic status by boasting a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finishing in the top 25 at regionals.

Engels, who graduated in December with a bachelor's degree in general studies and is currently pursuing a master's in business administration, helped Ole Miss return to the NCAA Cross Country Championships for a third straight season and earn a program-best fourth-place team finish. The Pfafftown, North Carolina, native finished fifth for the Rebels (90th overall) at NCAAs after placing fifth on the team (12th overall) at the South Region Championships en route to All-Region honors. He was also named USTFCCCA cross country All-Academic in 2015, USTFCCCA track & field All-Academic in 2016, CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2016 and is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

England graduated in December with a bachelor's degree in accountancy and is pursuing a master's in accountancy. The Cary, North Carolina, native finished fifth on the team (184th overall) in the Ole Miss women's first appearance at NCAAs, a 23rd-place team showing. She was third on the team (12th overall) at the South Region Championships en route to All-Region honors. She has previously been a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree for the 2015 track & field season and is a five-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Bo Ummels earned a master's degree in criminal justice at Ole Miss and led the team with a 71st-place finish at the program's first NCAA appearance, while placing second on the team (11th overall) at the South Region Championships en route to All-Region honors. The Maastricht, Netherlands, native was previously a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree for track & field in 2016 and a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Britt Ummels earned a master's degree in criminal justice at Ole Miss and finished second on the team (95th overall) at the NCAA Championships and fourth on the team (18th overall) at the South Region Championships en route to All-Region honors. Bo's twin sister was previously a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree for track & field in 2016 and a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Past Ole Miss USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic Honors:
Craig Engels, 2015
MJ Erb, 2015
Ole Miss women, 2015
Ole Miss women, 2014
Ole Miss women, 2013
Ole Miss men 2013
Ole Miss women, 2012
Ole Miss men, 2012
Katie Breathitt, 2011
Ole Miss women, 2011
Ole Miss men, 2011
Barnabas Kirui, 2010
Ole Miss women, 2010
Ole Miss men, 2010
Barnabas Kirui, 2009

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


 

 

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