Rebels Validate National Rankings at Penn State
Oct. 14, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – With championship season just weeks away, the Ole Miss cross country teams were back in action for multiple meets with part of the team running in the Crimson Classic and part of the team running in the Penn State National Open.

Both the men and women gave validation to their national rankings with solid races at Penn State, both finishing second as a team.

After a hard fought race that saw multiple lead changes, the No. 10 ranked men were just edged out by No. 9 Oklahoma State by two points in the team finishes. However, it was the Rebels who held claim to the first overall individual finish with senior MJ Erb leading the pack to the finish with a 5.2-mile time of 24:49 earning him not only first place, but the course record. The Rebels finished the race with four runners in the top 10, seniors Robert Domanic (25:03) and Wesley Gallagher (25:03) finished fourth and fifth respectively, while junior Sean Tobin finished 10th with a time of 25:13.

Coach Ryan Vanhoy said that, “Although we would’ve liked to get a win on the men’s side in such a close battle, I thought our top four guys ran very well,” stating that the hunt for the fifth runner spot on the team will continue until season end. He added that, “MJ ran a great race while setting the course record over some very talented guys who have run this course over the years.”

The No. 25 women were also able to claim a second place team finish after a hard fought race, only being coming in behind of No. 8 Penn State. Senior Mary Alex England finished first on the team and fifth overall in the 6K with a time of 20:29. The women finished the race with four total top-30 finishers. Senior twins Bo (20:46) and Britt (21:00) Ummels finished 14th and 29th respectively while junior Emily Bean finished 15th individually with a time of 20:47.

Earlier this morning before the Penn State races began, another portion of the Ole Miss team was in action in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the Crimson Classic. The women were able to finish 15th as a team out of the field of 26.

The Rebels will be back in action in two weeks when they head to Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Friday, October 28, for the SEC Cross Country Championships.

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Men’s 5.2-Mile 

1. MJ Erb – 24:49
4. Robert Domanic – 25:03
5. Wesley Gallagher – 25:03
10. Sean Tobin – 25:13
29. Taylor Caldwell – 25:36
31. Craig Engels – 25:38
36. Derek Gutierrez – 25:47


Women’s 6K

5. Mary Alex England – 20:29
14. Bo Ummels – 20:46
15. Emily Bean – 20:47
29. Britt Ummels – 21:00
31. Hannah Christen – 21:02
38. Shelby Brown – 21:11
50. Anna Braswell – 21:23



Men’s 8K  

131. Nolan Hesse – 26:59.6
163. Robinson Snider – 27:25.8

Women’s 6K 

38. Elisabeth Gaillet – 21:47.0
73. Madison Rawson – 22:26.4
78. Scarlett Fox – 22:31.3
122. Saga Barzowski – 23:06.1
156. Jessica Thurman – 23:41.2






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