Anna Braswell Awarded Taylor Medal
April 11, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – Rebel track & field and cross country senior Anna Braswell was awarded the Taylor Medal in a ceremony last week, which is the highest academic honor awarded by the University of Mississippi.

A native of Mobile, Ala., Braswell holds a 3.94 GPA in geological engineering and has earned several academic accolades throughout her Ole Miss career – including two USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in 2017 for both track and cross country, as well as a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District nod.

Braswell was a key part of the historic 2016-17 Rebel women’s distance squad that earned the first team berth to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Ole Miss history and continued to rewrite the record book throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Braswell followed that up with a stellar 2017 cross country season, during which she helped lead the Rebels back to the NCAA Championships for the second straight season and earned NCAA All-South Region honors with her 12th-place finish – helping Ole Miss secure its first-ever women’s South Region title. Not only was Braswell part of the first two NCAA teams in Rebel women’s cross country history, but they also posted top-25 team finishes with an 18th-place finish in 2016 and 25th in 2017.

She was equally impressive on the track in 2017, running a key leg on the school-record distance medley relay team that finished third at the SEC Indoor Championships for Second-Team All-SEC honors, while also qualifying for the NCAA East Regional outdoors at the second-fastest 10K time in school history (33:47.22). In addition to the DMR and 10K, Braswell clocked all-time top-10 times in the indoor 5K (second, 16:16.25), outdoor 5K (sixth, 16:36.08), outdoor 1500 (seventh, 4:24.40), indoor 3K (seventh, 9:38.79) and indoor mile (ninth, 4:51.92) – all within the 2017 indoor and outdoor seasons.

 

 

Established in 1904 in memory of Marcus Elvis Taylor of Booneville, an honored 1871 UM alumnus, Taylor Medals recognize no more than 0.45 percent of all undergraduates, regardless of campus, for meritorious scholarship and deportment. Recipients must have at least a 3.90 grade-point average.

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