Cross Country Set to Open 2016 Season Saturday
Sept. 1, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – The 2016 cross country season gets underway on Saturday as the men and women will both travel to Memphis to run in the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic.

The men will run in Memphis as the predicted SEC runners-up after the coaches’ preseason poll was released Monday. The nationally ranked men also will start the season ranked in the top 25 of every poll, checking in at No. 1 in the NCAA South Region, No. 13 in the FloTrack preseason poll and No. 22 in the USTFCCCA preseason poll.

Coach Ryan Vanhoy says that the preseason rankings don’t change the Rebels’ outlook on the season. 

“It’s good to be recognized for our success, but last year is last year and we’re focused on what the rankings will say come November,” Vanhoy Said.

Vanhoy plans to give many of the newcomers a chance to run in the meet this weekend. 

“It’s a good opportunity to allow our younger guys a chance to get their feet wet a little, and see how they handle their first collegiate situation,” Vanhoy said, “It’s also good to have the chance to see, outside of our veterans, who’s going to make an impact later on in the season.”

The men finished fourth at this meet in 2015. 

The women’s team will run in Memphis picked to finish fifth in the conference. They were also picked to come in third in the NCAA South Region.

The women will look to improve on their second-place finish at this meet a year ago. Junior Shelby Brown and senior Mary Alex England will look to lead the way for the women again after finishing third and fourth respectively in 2015. The women improved their average finish time from 2014 (18:37.35) by almost a whole minute, running a team average 17:48.94. 


 

 

The 2016 Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic will be hosted by Christian Brothers University at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The women’s 5K will begin at 9:20 p.m., with the men’s 4-mile race beginning at 10 p.m. to close out the event. 

Although the event is free to the public, there will be a $5 parking fee per car. This meet also will be the Feature Meet for www.flotrack.org, where you will be able to keep up with the race coverage, results, and even interviews of athletes and coaches.

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

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