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Cross Country Opens Season With Highest Ranking in Program History

Wesley Gallagher Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics
Wesley Gallagher
Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

For the first time in program history, the Ole Miss men’s cross country team begins the season nationally ranked. The Rebels came in at No. 5 in the Track and Field News preseason rankings and No. 15 in the USTFCCCA Coaches Poll.

The top-15 ranking is the highest Coaches Poll ranking in program history and just the third appearance by the men’s program in the top 30 with both others coming last season.

The defending South Region Champions open the season as the top-ranked team in the region. Ole Miss is also the highest ranked of any SEC team after being selected on Monday by the conference’s coaches to win the league.

The Ole Miss women will begin the season ranked No. 11 in the South Region. In 2013, the Rebel women became the first Ole Miss cross country team to crack into the USTFCCCA national rankings when they debuted at No. 30 in the week of Oct. 22.

Arkansas at No.17 is the only other SEC men’s team ranked. On the women’s side, the Razorbacks at No. 9 and Vanderbilt at No. 22 make up the SEC contingent.

Both the men and women open the 2015 campaign in the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic on Saturday. The women’s race kicks off at 9:20 p.m., with the men’s race following at 10.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Information

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