Cross Country Set for SEC Championships

Oct. 27, 2016

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OXFORD, Miss. -- With the regular season in the books, the nationally ranked Ole Miss cross country teams shift their focus to championship season. They head west for their first test at the Southeastern Conference Championships on Friday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The 11th-ranked men are coming off another impressive regular season which saw them finish in the top three as a team in every meet. They also lay claim to two SEC Runners of the Week in Sean Tobin (10/4) and MJ Erb (10/18) as well as one USTFCCCA Male Athlete of the Week in Sean Tobin, who was awarded the distinction on October 3 after his individual win at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. Both men will be in action this weekend.

"We are extremely excited to finally have arrived at the championship portion of our season," Erb said. "Everyone is in great spirits going into this meet and is ready to display all of the hard work we have put in these last few months."

The 16th-ranked women will be competing in the SEC Championships for the first time ever as a ranked team. They have posted top-three finishes in three meets this season including a team win at the Rebel Invite on September 9. The women have been led by senior Mary Alex England who owns the team's best 6K mark of the year (20:27.1), along with top finishes on the team at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (32nd) and the Penn State National Open (5th).

"We are really excited to line up against the rest of the SEC for the first time this season," England said. "It's time for us to show all the hard work we've put in over the season as a team."

The 2016 SEC Championships will be hosted at the University of Arkansas at Agri Park on Friday. The women's 6K race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT with the men's 8K race beginning at 11 a.m. CT.

Nationally ranked men's teams include No. 5 Arkansas and No. 11 Ole Miss, while ranked women's teams are No. 10 Arkansas, No. 16 Ole Miss and No. 29 Mississippi State.

Last year, the Rebels posted their best combined finish in school history with the men placing third and the women fifth. The men have been runners-up twice in program history (1968, 2014), while the best women's finish was fourth in 2012.

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