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Ole Miss cross country teams qualify for NCAA Championships

Ole Miss cross country reasserted itself as one of the most consistent programs in the nation, as both the Rebel men’s and women’s teams punched their fourth consecutive combined tickets to the NCAA Championships after strong showings at the NCAA South Regional on Friday morning.

Posted: Nov 15, 2019 12:34 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – Ole Miss cross country reasserted itself as one of the most consistent programs in the nation, as both the Rebel men’s and women’s teams punched their fourth consecutive combined tickets to the NCAA Championships after strong showings at the NCAA South Regional on Friday morning.

The No. 11 Rebel men used an effective team racing strategy to win its fourth South Region title in the last six years – the sixth consecutive national berth Ole Miss has received on the men’s side after having never qualified prior to 2014. It was a similar story for the No. 27 Rebel women, who earned an automatic qualifier spot as the team runners-up – their fourth straight trip to nationals after never qualifying prior to 2016.

Ole Miss will have to wait and see how results vary from around the country, but entering this weekend, the Rebels stood as one of just nine schools nationally to have qualified both its men’s and women’s programs in each of the last three years alongside Arkansas, BYU, Colorado, Iowa State, NC State, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Stanford. Additionally, Ole Miss is one of just seven in the NCAA to place both its programs in the top-25 in each of the last three seasons, joining Arkansas, BYU, Colorado, NC State, Oregon and Stanford.

The SEC Champion Rebel men hung together in a tight pack throughout the men’s 10K race, clocking a scoring spread of 30.8 seconds as Ole Miss charged over the final 5K. At the halfway mark, the Rebels were sitting in fourth place in the team standings, but all five scorers were sitting in a tight bunch from 22nd to 29th place. From there, the Rebels made a charge, jumping to third at the 6K mark and eventually jumping ahead to take the lead for good at the 8K split. Ole Miss held on over the final two kilometers for a 14-point win over No. 15 Middle Tennessee, 69-83.

The top three finishers for Ole Miss – sophomore Cade Bethmann (eighth, 30:33.0), senior Farah Abdulkarim (ninth, 30:33.1) and junior Waleed Suliman (10th, 30:33.2) all crossed the line at virtually the same time, separated by just two tenths of a second. All three earned All-Region honors, as did other Rebel scorers Michael Coccia (19th, 30:57.7) and Mario Garcia Romo (23rd, 31:03.8). The five All-Region runners stand as the second-most in Ole Miss men’s history behind the six honorees in 2018.

Other Rebel men in competition on Friday included sophomore Dalton Hengst (54th, 31:49.1) and junior Robinson Snider (61st, 31:57.7).

Ole Miss used a similar strategy in the women’s 6K to start the day, sitting in fifth in a pack from 23rd to 45th at the first split through 2.2 kilometers before making a big push to second place at the halfway mark. The Rebels would hold onto that spot with 100 points behind No. 12 Florida State’s 42 points – the lowest total of either gender at the South Region meet since 2013.

Four Rebels earned All-Region honors, led by junior Anna Elkin in 10th place at 20:34.1. Fellow junior Maddie King earned her second career All-Region honor in 20th place at 20:42.4, as did sophomore Lisa Vogelgesang in 23rd place at 20:42.8. Junior Victoria Simmons, the top Rebel finisher at the SEC Championships two weeks ago, earned her first career All-Region honor in 25th place at 20:46.3.

Other Rebel women in competition included Maddie McHugh (27th, 20:56.0), Skylar Boogerd (29th, 21:02.4) and Chelsea Drum (59th, 21:33.5).

The NCAA Cross Country Championships will be run next Saturday, Nov. 23, at Indiana State’s LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Men’s 10K Team Scores

1. #11 Ole Miss – 69

2. #15 Middle Tennessee – 83

3. #28 Alabama – 97

4. (RV) Florida State – 136

5. Georgia Tech – 169

6. Lipscomb – 205

7. North Florida – 220

8. Florida – 220

9. Belmont – 246

10. East Tennessee State – 259

11. Vanderbilt – 303

12. Tennessee – 320

13. Georgia – 364

14. Samford – 374

15. Auburn – 374

16. UT Martin – 394

17. Mississippi State – 396

18. South Alabama – 417

19. Stetson – 431

20. Mercer – 607

21. Chattanooga – 620

22. Miami – 630

23. Florida Atlantic – 716

24. FIU – 736

Men’s Individual Results

8. Cade Bethmann – 30:33.0 (PR) – All-Region

9. Farah Abdulkarim – 30:33.1 (PR) – All-Region

10. Waleed Suliman – 30:33.2 – All-Region

19. Michael Coccia – 30:57.7 (PR) – All-Region

23. Mario Garcia Romo – 31:03.8 (PR) – All-Region

54. Dalton Hengst – 31:49.1 (PR)

61. Robinson Snider – 31:57.7 (PR)

Women’s 6K Team Scores

1. #12 Florida State – 42

2. #27 Ole Miss – 100

3. Tennessee – 144

4. Georgia Tech – 154

5. Vanderbilt – 166

6. Alabama – 167

7. Georgia – 178

8. Florida – 189

9. Auburn – 218

10. Lipscomb – 258

11. (RV) Middle Tennessee – 295

12. Southern Miss – 310

13. South Alabama – 360

14. Mississippi State – 411

15. Belmont – 447

16. Samford – 490

17. UT Martin – 528

18. UAB – 552

19. Memphis – 563

20. Chattanooga – 573

21. North Florida – 594

22. South Florida – 618

23. East Tennessee State – 641

24. FIU – 665

25. Florida Atlantic – 692

26. Troy – 692

27. Alabama State – 824

Women’s Individual Results

10. Anna Elkin – 20:34.1 – All-Region

20. Maddie King – 20:42.4 – All-Region

23. Lisa Vogelgesang – 20:42.8 – All-Region

25. Victoria Simmons – 20:46.3 – All-Region

27. Maddie McHugh – 20:56.0

29. Skylar Boogerd – 21:02.4

59. Chelsea Drum – 21:33.5

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