Cross Country heads to Georgia for SEC Championships
Oct. 25, 2017


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ATHENS, Ga. – Ole Miss men’s and women’s cross country is looking to bring home their first conference championship trophies in program history when they head to Georgia this Friday for the 2017 SEC Cross Country Championships.

 

Both teams were picked to finish third in the SEC Preseason Coaches Poll, but both Rebel squads enter the meet nationally ranked in the latest USTFCCCA polls. The Ole Miss men are the highest-ranked SEC team at No. 16 in the national poll (ahead of preseason favorite, 27th-ranked Arkansas) and No. 1 in the South Region rankings, while the Rebel women are the second-highest ranked SEC women’s team at No. 22 in the nation behind SEC favorite, No. 6 Arkansas) and No. 2 in the South Region.

 

Led by senior Sean Tobin and the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Parker Scott, the men’s team is coming off an impressive fifth place finish at Pre-Nationals, finishing higher than three ranked teams – including an Arkansas squad that was ranked No. 5 at the time.

 

Tobin, who leads Ole Miss and ranks fourth in the conference in the 8K this season at his Pre-Nationals time of 23:30.30, is looking to help get the Rebels over the barrier toward that elusive SEC title. Ole Miss finished second in the conference for the second straight season in 2016, falling in a close 25-38 battle with champion Arkansas.

 

Those second-place finishes in 2015 and 2016 are the highest for Ole Miss since 1968 when the Rebels finished second behind Tennessee. In the 47 years in between, the Rebel men had only finished as high as third twice (1969, 1984). Ole Miss went on to finish an astounding fourth at the NCAA Championships, the highest national finish in program history and the highest by an SEC men’s team since Auburn finished third in 2009.

 

Accompanying Tobin on the men’s championship squad will be: Taylor Caldwell, Trevor Gilley, Derek Gutierrez, Brandon Harvey, Nolan Hesse, Ryan Manahan, Ben Savino, Parker Scott and Waleed Suliman.


The women’s team, led by seniors Emily Bean and Hannah Christen, are coming off a historic finish in 2016 as well. Ole Miss finished second last season behind Arkansas, the best finish in program history – with the next best finish being fourth place in 2012. The Rebels went on to finish in the top-25 at the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history as well, taking 23rd place in Terre Haute in 2016.

 

Individually, the Rebel women face the tall task of fending off defending NCAA Champion Karissa Schweizer of Missouri, but Ole Miss sports a balanced team that includes three sub-21 minute 6K times on the season from freshman Clio Ozanne-Jaques (20:51.10), Christen (20:52.00) and senior (and NCAA Outdoor national qualifier in the steeplechase) Shelby Brown (20:53.40). Joining them in competition will be: Anna Braswell, Madeleine King, Kat MacNeal, Maddy Nikkel and Nicole Rice.

 

The meet will start at 9 a.m. CT at the University of Georgia Golf Course with the men’s 8K race, with the women’s 6K following at 10 a.m. A one-hour SEC Cross Country Championships highlight show will air Sun., Nov. 5 at 12 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

 

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Ole Miss Men's Conference Roster:
Name - Season Best (8K)
1. Sean Tobin - 23:30.30
2. Parker Scott - 23:45.60
3. Derek Gutierrez - 23:47.20
4. Waleed Suliman - 23:59.20
5. Ryan Manahan - 24:09.80
6. Trevor Gilley - 24:35.50
7. Taylor Caldwell - 24:43.00
8. Ben Savino - 25:06.10
9. Brandon Harvey - 25:11.60
10. Nolan Hesse - 25:33.60

Ole Miss Women's Conference Roster:
Name - Season Best (6K)
1. Clio Ozanne-Jaques - 20:51.10
2. Hannah Christen - 20:52.00
3. Shelby Brown - 20:53.40
4. Nicole Rice - 21:03.60
5. Emily Bean - 21:06.60
6. Anna Braswell - 21:07.20
7. Katherine MacNeal - 21:22.10
8. Madeleine King - 21:59.10
9. Maddy Nikkel - 22:17.90

SEC Men’s Preseason Poll:
1. #27 Arkansas (11) – 11
2. Alabama (1) – 26
3. #16 Ole Miss – 29
4. Georgia – 48
5. Kentucky – 50
6. Missouri – 58
7. Texas A&M – 76
8. Florida – 86
9. Auburn – 87
10. Tennessee – 91
11. LSU – 112
12. Vanderbilt – 119

SEC Women’s Preseason Poll:
1. #6 Arkansas (13) – 13
2. Missouri (1) – 33
3. #22 Ole Miss – 37
4. Mississippi State – 47
5. Vanderbilt – 67
6. Alabama – 83
7. Kentucky – 85
8. Florida – 96
9. #16 Georgia – 104
10. Auburn – 118
11. Texas A&M – 131
12. Tennessee – 138
13. South Carolina – 161
14. LSU – 161

 

 

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