Ole Miss Cross Country Schedule Announced
MJ Erb, Robert Domanic and Sean Tobin (photo by Ricky Bassman)
Aug. 19, 2016

2016 Ole Miss Cross Country Schedule

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OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss cross country team reported for practice on Wednesday, August 17, with nearly every runner from the 2015 season returning for the 2016 campaign. The men have hopes of a third straight NCAA Championship appearance, while the surging women aim for their first in program history.

Entering his fourth season overseeing the Ole Miss distance runners, coach Ryan Vanhoy says that, “It’s always good when you have a team full of veterans and guys who are experienced.” However, Vanhoy knows not to take such experience for granted, and even though that experience is great, the Rebels’ perspective still hasn’t changed.

“There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done,” Vanhoy added.

The Rebels will open the season September 3 in Memphis, Tennessee, for the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic, then it’s back to Oxford for the first regular-season home meet since 2009. Ole Miss will play host to the Rebel Invite on September 9 with competition at FNC park in Oxford.

Ole Miss hasn’t hosted a cross country meet since the 2009 SEC Championships, and Vanhoy believes that, “It’ll be good to host one so people on campus can come out and see us run.” He also believes it will be good to tie that in with the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly renovated Track and Field complex that same day.

“We have a chance to really get some Ole Miss fans out to see cross country in person, which most people probably haven’t seen a meet in person before, so it’ll be good to get some exposure for our team, the sport and the running community.”

After the Rebel Invite, it’s back on the road as the Rebels will travel to South Bend, Indiana, to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational on September 30. Then the team will split for two separate meets; one group will travel to State College, Pennsylvania, for the Penn State National, while another group will be in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the Crimson Classic. Both those meets will take place October 14 to close out the regular season.

The 2016 Southeastern Conference Championships are scheduled for October 28 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on the campus of the University of Arkansas. The men will look to improve on their third-place 2015 finish, while the women look to improve on their program-best fifth-place finish. Then it’s NCAA time with the NCAA South Regional scheduled for November 11 in Tallahassee, Florida. Last year the Rebel men were runners-up at this meet, which qualified them for the NCAA Championship. The women finished seventh.

The NCAA Championship is scheduled for November 19 in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Rebel men are looking to make their third straight appearance after finishing 30th in 2015. The women will be looking to make their first appearance in program history with only the top two teams from each regional being invited.

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


 

 

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