Jan. 21, 2017
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ole Miss' second meet of the indoor track & field season was full of individual successes, headlined by a pair of school records and a Nutter Fieldhouse facility record at the University of Kentucky's Rod McCravy Memorial.
School records were smashed by junior Janeah Stewart in the women's weight throw on Friday and junior Shelby Brown in the women's mile on Saturday. Another junior for the No. 21-ranked women, Raven Saunders, kept up her record-breaking streak by topping her own facility record and setting a meet record in the shot put.
"We had a bunch of personal bests, but we still have a lot of work to do in certain areas," head coach Connie Price-Smith said. "This was a high-caliber meet just like next week will be. It was a great competition, and I'm looking forward to getting some work done next week and then seeing the outcome in Arkansas."
For the weekend, Ole Miss piled up five event victories, two school records, a facility record, a meet record and 25 indoor personal bests.
Those accomplishments are made the more notable by the field of teams and athletes the Rebels lined up against. Ranked women's teams included No. 4 USC, No. 5 Texas, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 10 Purdue, No. 13 Baylor, No. 14 Miami and No. 21 Ole Miss. Ranked men's teams were No. 6 USC, No. 7 Texas and No. 20 Penn State. Other programs in attendance were Clemson, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and UCF.
The Rebel women were on fire all weekend, but especially on Saturday.
Brown led a 1-3 finish in the mile with her school-record time of 4:46.78, nearly two seconds quicker than her previous best. She will rank among the nation's leaders with that time. Junior Anna Braswell finished third in a career-best 4:51.92, an eight-second improvement on her previous best.
Junior Emily Bean ran a great 3000-meter race for fourth place in a stacked field of runners. She lowered her personal best by nearly 18 seconds to 9:24.20, which is just 0.11 second off Britt Ummels' school record from last season.
Saunders was her usual dominant self in the shot put. She eclipsed the 18-meter mark four times on Saturday, topped by a heave of 18.71m/61-4.75 that set a meet record and broke her own facility record from last year. She's the only collegiate woman to throw 18 meters this season and has done so six times in two meets. Stewart, coming off a personal best and school record in the weight throw on Friday, achieved another personal best in the shot put on Saturday. Her throw of 16.13m/52-11 ranks her No. 2 in school history behind Saunders.
Other notable personal bests by the women on Saturday were sophomore Maddie McHugh's 2:09.42 in the 800 meters (ranks her No. 6 in school history) and junior Jolie Carbo's 55.17 in the 400 meters (ranks her No. 8 in school history).
On the men's side, Ole Miss dominated the mile with a 1-2-3-4 finish. Junior Sean Tobin won in 4:01.18, followed by junior Robert Domanic in 4:02.36, senior Trevor Gilley in a personal-best 4:02.49 and junior Derek Gutierrez in 4:06.41. Tobin, Domanic and Gilley will all find themselves high in the NCAA rankings.
Junior Brian Williams placed third in the shot put with an effort of 18.64m/61-2, just off his school record 61-9.5 he set last weekend. Senior Kevin Conway heaved a personal-best shot put of 16.83m/55-2.75 that moves him up to No. 5 in school history.
In the pole vault, senior Barclay Angle cleared a personal-best 4.85m/15-11 to move into a tie for sixth in school history with freshman Cole Colozzo, who also equaled that clearance on Saturday.
Ole Miss returns to action next weekend at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The meet will be nationally televised live on the SEC Network on Saturday.
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60 Meter Prelims
20. Nicole Henderson - 7.64
20. Jolie Carbo - 55.17 (PR)
32. Aisha Newsome - 56.87
35. Mercedes Mattix - 57.29 (PR)
36. Jasmin Allen - 57.31
5. Maddie McHugh - 2:09.42 (PR)
1. Shelby Brown - 4:46.78 (PR) (SR)
3. Anna Braswell - 4:51.92 (PR)
17. Chelsea Drum - 5:04.79 (PR)
21. Katherine MacNeal - 5:08.23
33. Scarlett Fox - 5:38.25
Maddy Nikkel - DNF
4. Emily Bean - 9:24.20 (PR)
31. Elisabeth Gaillet - 10:06.76
35. Haley Ward - 10:16.62
42. Madison Rawson - 10:30.90 (PR)
60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
27. Kieshonna Brooks - 9.01
4x400 Meter Relay
12. Ole Miss `A' (Allen, Carbo, A. Newsome, Mattix) - 3:46.46
16. Ole Miss `B' (Henderson, McHugh, Brooks, Ray) - 3:55.19
12. Lanae Newsome - 11.36m/37-3.25
Jayla Jones - FOUL
D'Lacia McKinley - FOUL
1. Raven Saunders - 18.71m/61-4.75 (MR) (FR)
4. Janeah Stewart - 16.13m/52-11 (PR)
60 Meter Prelims
14. Andrew Raspo - 6.92 (PR)
15. Courtland Barnes - 6.93 (PR)
Manny Foster - FS
25. Nick DeRay - 50.22 (PR)
27. Blake Cleary - 50.92 (PR)
30. Alvin Westbrook - 51.08
26. Shamar Tucker - 1:55.46 (PR)
28. Dylan Day - 1:57.36
1. Sean Tobin - 4:01.18
2. Robert Domanic - 4:02.36
3. Trevor Gilley - 4:02.49 (PR)
4. Derek Gutierrez - 4:06.41
11. Mark Robertson - 8:23.29 (PR)
16. Ian Carter - 8:26.69 (PR)
4x400 Meter Relay
16. DeRay, Barnes, Westbrook, Tucker - 3:22.64
7. Barclay Angle - 4.85m/15-11 (PR)
7. Cole Colozzo - 4.85m/15-11 (PR)
10. Austin Garrett - 4.55m/14-11
11. Peyton Moss - 4.40m/14-5.25
3. Brian Williams - 18.64m/61-2
11. Kevin Conway - 16.83m/55-2.75 (PR)