Cross Country Heads to NCAA South Region Championships
Sean Tobin and Craig Engels
Nov. 11, 2015

Championship Central

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss Cross Country heads to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Friday to compete for the NCAA South Region Championships. A top-two team finish at the regional automatically earns a spot at the NCAA Championships.

The Ole Miss men are looking to defend their 2014 South Region championship and book back-to-back trips to the NCAA Championship. The Rebels enter the regional ranked No. 2 in the USTFCCCA South Region, behind only Florida State.

"On the men's side we are looking to defend our title and secure a berth at the NCAA Championships for the second time in school history," cross country coach Ryan Vanhoy said. 

The men are coming off a third-place finish at the SEC Championships, which was the highest finish of the eight SEC schools that are also in the South Region. Sophomore Sean Tobin and junior Craig Engels paced the Rebels, finishing 15th and 16th respectively.

The Rebels squad includes three members of last year’s All-Region team in Tobin, junior Robert Domanic and junior Trevor Gilley.

The Ole Miss women are coming off tying the second-best finish in program history with a fifth-place result at the SEC Championships. The Rebels are currently ranked No. 5 in the South Region.

"The women are looking to improve upon their finish from last year and continue on their success from the SEC Championships," Vanhoy said.

Junior Mary Alex England ran to a second team All-SEC honor with a 10th-place finish to lead the Rebels. It was the second-best effort by an Ole Miss woman in program history.

The combined conference finishes for the men and women were the best in Ole Miss cross country history, which dates back to 1967 for the men and 1985 for the women.

Friday’s women’s 6K begins at 9 a.m. CT with the men’s 10K following at 10 a.m. at the Henry Pritchett Running Course.

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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