Rebels Start Strong at Conference Clash
Shelby Brown, Leanne Zimmer helped Ole Miss to a school record Friday night. (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Jan. 22, 2016

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The first day of the Conference Clash indoor track meet at the Birmingham CrossPlex produced quite a few strong results for the Ole Miss Rebels.

One school record fell, and nine Rebels achieved personal bests as they stayed warm inside and away the blistery and snowy conditions that swept through the area Friday.

Ole Miss is one of eight Southeastern Conference schools competing against seven non-SEC Power Five teams. At the conclusion of day one, the SEC teams lead the "Power Four" group 52-49.

“Being at such a high-level meet, I was proud to see that our athletes showed up and did not back down today,” head coach Connie Price-Smith said. “We had a lot of personal bests and I thought our kids fought hard against really strong competition. I’m excited to see how we come out tomorrow.”

In the final running event of the night, the women’s distance medley relay finished strong to break the school record with a time of 11:28.27. The quartet of Britt Ummels, Jolie Carbo, Leanne Zimmer and Shelby Brown came through with a better time than any previous quartet in school history, with most of the other times coming at SEC Championships and other meets later in the regular season.

Sophomore Raven Saunders, the reigning SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week who owns the No. 1 shot put in the world, came out strong in the weight throw on Friday. She threw back-to-back personal bests during the finals, punctuated by a huge toss of 19.95m/65-5.5 to win the meet and move her up to No. 2 in school history. She entered the weekend ranked 21st in the NCAA with her previous top mark of 19.61m/64-4.

Sophomore Lindsey Murray cleared a season-best height of 4.06m/13-3.75 to claim third place in the women’s pole vault. She remains No. 2 in school history. Junior Callie Watson cleared a personal-best 3.61m/11-10 to move up to fourth in the school record books.

On the men’s side, senior Branden Greene matched his season-best high jump of 2.15m/7-0.5 to place third in the competition. He entered the weekend in the nation’s top 10 with that same clearance.

All three men’s weight throwers achieved personal bests Friday, led by sophomore Dempsey McGuigan’s mark of 19.50m/63-11.75 that ranks him No. 2 in school history. Senior Nathan Loe produced a mark of 19.15m/62-10 that ranks him fifth in the record books, followed by junior Kevin Conway in sixth (18.96m/62-2.5).

Competition resumes Saturday with an 11 a.m. start and runs throughout the day.

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60 Meter Prelims
18. Nicole Henderson – 7.52 (PR)
25. Khadijah Suleman – 7.57
30. Shannon Ray – 7.63
33. Breanna Tate – 7.66

200 Meter Prelims
20. Breanna Tate – 24.46 (PR)
25. Khadijah Suleman – 24.56 (PR)
28. Shannon Ray – 24.72
30. Nicole Henderson – 24.80

60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
30. Racquel Moses – 8.80

Distance Medley Relay
3. Ole Miss ‘A’ (Br. Ummels, Carbo, Zimmer, Brown) – 11:28.27 (SR)
7. Ole Miss ‘B’ (Bo Ummels, A. Newsome, Corder, McHugh) – 11:48.07

Pole Vault
3. Lindsey Murray – 4.06m/13-3.75
11. Callie Watson – 3.61m/11-10 (PR)
Katy McAuley – NH

Triple Jump
Lanae Newsome – FOUL
D’Lacia McKinley – FOUL

Weight Throw
1. Raven Saunders – 19.95m/65-5.5 (PR)
12. Annika Larsson – 16.23m/53-3


60 Meter Prelims
24. Darryl Brown – 6.97
34. Carl Lowe – 7.09 (PR)
42. Peyton Moss – 7.40

200 Meter Prelims
15. Darryl Brown – 21.62

Distance Medley Relay
5. Ole Miss (Gilley, Lowe, Day, Erb) – 9:59.93

High Jump
3. Branden Greene – 2.15m/7-0.5
11. Adam Aguirre – 2.00m/6-6.75
Peyton Moss – NH

Weight Throw
9. Dempsey McGuigan – 19.50m/63-11.75 (PR)
10. Nathan Loe – 19.15m/62-10 (PR)
11. Kevin Conway – 18.96m/62-2.5 (PR)






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