Engels, Erb, Ole Miss Women Earn National Academic Honors
The Ole Miss women earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors for the sixth straight year. (photo by Sasha Leeth)
Feb. 19, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – Not only did the Ole Miss cross country program rise to new heights on the course last fall, but the Rebel student-athletes have also put in quality work in the classroom.

For their performance in both areas, the Ole Miss women’s cross country team was named an All-Academic Team, and men’s runners MJ Erb and Craig Engels were awarded All-Academic Individual status Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Ole Miss women boasted a 3.31 cumulative team grade point average following the fall semester. The Rebels were among 205 women’s programs that earned the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team distinction in 2015 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 sixth straight year.

Two members of the Rebel men’s squad that appeared in its second consecutive NCAA Cross Country Championships were named All-Academic Individuals by owning a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finishing in the top 25 at regionals.

Erb, a junior majoring in accountancy, finished sixth at the NCAA South Regional to lead the Rebels back to the NCAA Championships with a second-place team finish in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Farmington, New York, native was named to the Southeastern Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll in 2015.

Engels, a junior from Pfafftown, North Carolina, finished 15th at the NCAA South Regional. An All-American 800-meter runner and SEC indoor champion on the track in 2015, Engels also excels in the classroom as a general studies major. He too made the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Erb and Engels are the second and third Ole Miss men to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual status. All-American Barnabas Kirui was recognized as such in 2009 and 2010.

The Ole Miss cross country teams, coached by Ryan Vanhoy, had their best combined finish in school history after the men placed third and women fifth at the 2015 SEC Championships in College Station, Texas.



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