School-Record 13 Rebels Earn All-America Honors

Ole Miss Track and Field at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, AL. Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics @olemisspix

Ole Miss Track and Field at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, AL.
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
@olemisspix

Six Ole Miss Athletes Tabbed to First Team after NCAA Championships Performances

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss sent 13 athletes to Eugene, Oregon, last week for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and all 13 came away with All-America honors as announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The total of 13 All-Americans breaks last year’s previous school record of nine.

The USTFCCCA awards first team All-America status to those athletes who finish 1-8 in their events at the national finals, while those who place 9-16 earn second-team accolades.

The Rebels’ six first team All-Americans are their most top-eight finishers since 1993, when they had seven.

Ole Miss now has 169 All-America selections among 80 different athletes in program history.

Here is a breakdown of the 2016 Ole Miss outdoor All-Americans:

First Team All-Americans

  • Raven Saunders – NCAA Champion women’s shot put – 19.33m/63-5 (collegiate record, meet record, school record)
  • Robert Domanic – 6th place men’s 1500m – 3:41.71
  • Craig Engels – 7th place men’s 1500m – 3:43.23
  • Ryan Walling – 7th place men’s 5000m – 13:31.30 (school record)
  • MJ Erb – 8th place men’s 3000m steeplechase – 8:43.81
  • Dempsey McGuigan – 8th place men’s hammer throw – 69.23m/227-1

Second Team All-Americans

  • Holland Sherrer – 10th place men’s 800m – 1:47.34
  • Branden Greene – 11th place men’s high jump – 2.14m/7-0.25
  • Lindsey Murray – T-15th place women’s pole vault – 4.05m/13-3.5
  • Nicole Henderson – 16th place women’s 4x100m relay – 44.56
  • Shannon Ray – 16th place women’s 4x100m relay – 44.56
  • Khadijah Suleman – 16th place women’s 4x100m relay – 44.56
  • Breanna Tate – 16th place women’s 4x100m relay – 44.56

Those who earned outdoor All-America honors for the first time in their careers are Erb, McGuigan, Murray, Sherrer, Tate and Walling.

Saunders is the first Rebel woman to be an All-American in the shot put. Domanic and Engels are the first two All-Americans in school history in the 1500 meters. McGuigan is the first All-American in the hammer throw. Murray is the first Ole Miss woman to be an All-American in the pole vault.

In the first year of the Connie Price-Smith era of Ole Miss Track & Field, the Rebels accumulate a total of 19 All-America honors – 13 outdoor and six indoor. The school record-tying six indoor All-Americans were Domanic, Engels, Derek Gutierrez, Saunders, Sean Tobin and Walling.

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