Cross Country Set for NCAA South Region Championships
Nov. 10, 2016


Regional Central

OXFORD, Miss. -
 The nationally ranked Ole Miss Rebel cross country teams head to Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday for the NCAA South Region Championships. The top two team finishers will earn a spot in next week’s NCAA Championships.

"It's an exciting time when you have a chance at an NCAA berth." Ole Miss coach Ryan Vanhoy said. "We're rested up and excited to get back out on the course." 

The No. 11 men are looking to book back-to-back-to-back NCAA berths for the first time in school history. The Rebels come into Friday ranked No. 1 in the South Region and have held the top spot since week one of the season.

The men had a second-place finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships on October 28, matching their best finish in school history. Junior Sean Tobin took home the individual silver medal, and senior MJ Erb took home the individual bronze. These two seasoned vets will lead the Rebel men into competition Friday. Erb placed sixth and Tobin placed seventh a year ago at the region meet. 

The men return five All-Region runners from a year ago in Erb, Tobin, senior Robert Domanic, senior Craig Engels and junior Mark Robertson. Domanic will look to be the first Rebel to ever receive All-Region honors in four straight years. In 2015, he joined Barnabas Kirui as the only Rebel to garner three in a career.

The men are joined by fellow SEC teams Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, all of whom the Rebels finished ahead of at the SEC Championships.

The No. 14 women come into the NCAA South Regional on the heels of their best SEC Championships finish when they claimed the runner-up spot behind Arkansas. The women are looking for their first NCAA Championship berth in program history.

"The women are confident going into the regional meet," Vanhoy said. "They've run against these teams at the SECs and prior meets and they have the confidence to compete against them."

Their second-place finish at the SECs was led by senior Mary Alex England who placed seventh, earning the best conference finish ever by an Ole Miss woman. England also became the first Rebel woman to earn first team All-SEC honors. Senior Bo Ummels came in eighth at the SEC meet, the second-best conference finish in school history. 

In 2015, the women improved on their finish from the previous year by six spots, placing seventh. The Rebels come into Friday also ranked No. 1 in the NCAA South Region.

The women are joined by fellow SEC teams Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt as well.

Competition will begin early Friday morning at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. The women's 6K will start at 7:30 a.m. CT with the men's 10K after that at 8:30 a.m. CT.

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

 

 

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