Ole Miss to Compete at Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, Crimson Classic
Sean Tobin
Oct. 15, 2015

The Ole Miss men’s and women’s teams will split up to compete on Friday, with the men traveling to Madison for the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and the women to Alabama for the Crimson Classic.

"This weekend serves as a great challenge for both teams," cross country coach Ryan Vanhoy said.

The No. 19 ranked men’s team will compete against a loaded field in Wisconsin in one of the most competitive meets of the year. Of the 36 teams competing, 17 teams are nationally ranked in the latest USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll, including six of the top 10 teams. In addition to the ranked teams, 10 more competing are receiving votes in the Coaches’ Poll. The loaded 8K men’s race begins at 11:45 a.m.

"We chose the Wisconsin meet because it gives us a chance to practice running together in a big field of most of the top teams in the country, which will simulate the NCAA Championships later in the season," Vanhoy said.

The Rebels maintained their spot at the top of the South Region as they have all season long after a fourth place finish two weeks ago at the Greater Louisville Classic. That finish was ahead of Friday’s host No. 11 Wisconsin. Ole Miss was led by junior MJ Erb in his Rebel debut in Louisville. Last season as a member of Syracuse, Erb finished 23rd at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational to help the Orange to a first place team finish.

The Ole Miss women will race at the Crimson Classic in the 5K event later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The field includes four other SEC opponents in the final race before the SEC Championships, including the host No. 30 Alabama. 

"We are traveling to Alabama to match up with some of the top SEC teams to see how we stack up heading into the championship portion of the season," Vanhoy said.

The women moved up two spots to No. 6 in the USTFCCCA South Region after a seventh place showing last time out at the Greater Louisville Classic. The Rebels were lead in the Classic by junior Mary Alex England's seventh place overall finish. England has two fourth place finishes and a seventh place finish in three races this season.

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


 

 

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