Rebel Men and Women Earn Top-15 Rankings Together for First Time in Program History
Nov. 1, 2016

USTFCCCA National Polls: MEN | WOMEN

OXFORD, Miss. –
After the highest combined finish in program history at the Southeastern Conference championships, the Ole Miss cross country teams continued their climb in the national polls Tuesday.

The women's team, which placed second at the SEC meet for their best finish in program history, broke into the top 15 of this week's USTFCCCA Coaches' poll at a program-best No. 14. The men stayed at No. 11 for the second straight week.

This is the first time that both the Rebel men and women are ranked in the top 15 of the USTFCCCA Coaches' poll. Ole Miss is one of seven schools to claim that status this week, along with Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa State, Oregon, Portland and Stanford.

The women made the two-spot jump after an impressive weekend which saw two individuals receive All-SEC honors. Senior Mary Alex England became the first Ole Miss woman to ever receive first-team honors after her program-best seventh-place finish last weekend. Senior Bo Ummels earned second-team honors after her eighth-place finish at the meet.

The men had an impressive showing at the conference championships just falling short of an SEC title behind Arkansas. The Rebels finished the race with two runners in the top three and seven runners in the top 25. Junior Sean Tobin and senior MJ Erb were the Rebel pace setters earning second and third, respectively. The two earned first team All-SEC honors after their finishes, while seniors Robert Domanic, Craig Engels and Wesley Gallagher along with junior Ryan Manahan earned second-team honors after finishing 10th-13th.

The Rebels also find themselves holding onto the top spots in both the men's and women's USTFCCCA South Region rankings, as well as being ranked in the FloTrack poll. The men sit at No. 10 and the women at No. 22.

The Rebels will be back in action on November 11 when they travel to Tallahassee, Florida, for a chance to defend their No. 1 rankings and advance to the National Championships at the NCAA South Regional.

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