Rebels Make Huge Strides In Nashville

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Jalen Miller (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Jalen Miller (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Jan. 25, 2014

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ole Miss athletes turned in a handful of record-breaking performances in a strong team showing at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational over the weekend.

Highlights of the weekend included Sam Kendricks' facility record in the pole vault and big-time performances by Rebel newcomers Daniel Bulmer, Robert Domanic, Jalen Miller, Jhorden Hunter and Kierra White.

In total, Ole Miss athletes collected three event wins, two facility records, one school record and more than 30 indoor personal-best marks over the two-day meet, competing against nationally ranked men's teams in No. 11 Mississippi State and No. 13 Georgia and ranked women's teams in No. 5 Georgia and No. 15 Mississippi State. Auburn, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Memphis and Vanderbilt were also among the quality field of teams.

"I thought for the most part we continued to get better this week," said Rebel head coach Brian O'Neal. I'm really proud of a lot of our young men and women for coming in and fighting and competing. Now we have a weekend off to get healthy and get some training in as we get ready to race in one of the most prestigious venues in the country at the Armory in New York."

Saturday's competition saw several members of the No. 16 Ole Miss men turn in quality performances.

Newcomer Bulmer, who just arrived in Oxford from Australia two weeks ago, broke a 29-year-old school record in his first race with the Red and Blue. His 4:02.80 in the mile placed him second in Nashville and ranks him among the NCAA's top 10 this indoor season.

"I was proud to see Daniel set the school record in his very first race as a Rebel," O'Neal said. "We knew he would be special when we recruited him to Ole Miss. He's a strong runner."

Fellow newcomer Domanic, a freshman from Lewisville, Texas, won the 3,000 meter race with a time of 8:12.04 that ranks him fourth in school history at that distance. He already ranks among the NCAA's leaders in the mile this year.

"When we recruited Robert, I thought he had an opportunity to be a special guy for us," O'Neal said. "We wanted him to come in here and compete at a high level, and he's done that both weekends on the track."

Another freshman, Miller continues to show that he's one of the top newcomers in the NCAA this year with strong outings in the 60 meters and 200 meters. The Tunica, Miss., native had the best 60 time among collegians in Nashville with his 6.69 and placed second in the 200 with a personal-best 21.41. He came into the weekend ranked 13th nationally in the 60 (6.67).

"Jalen has been improving each time out," O'Neal said. "He has high goals for himself. For him to have the success he wants to have, he has to continue to show the poise he has displayed up to this point."

Sophomore Onyi Afoaku placed second in the shot put with a personal-best heave of 56-10.75 that ranks him No. 2 indoors all-time at Ole Miss.

"Onyi gets better and better each week," O'Neal said. "He's another one that has set high goals for himself. Although he's excited about the PR, he realizes there's bigger throws that are within his reach."

The men also had big performances on Friday from Kendricks (facility-record 18-2.75 pole vault to easily claim first place) and Nathan Loe, Marcus Franklin and Afoaku in the weight throw (went 2-3-4 with marks of 61-11, 60-7.25 and 59-10.25, respectively).

The Rebel women were led on Saturday by newcomer Jhorden Hunter in the short sprints. The senior transfer from UT-San Antonio recorded indoor personal bests in the 60 (7.42) and 200 (24.53), placing first in her section of the 60 and fourth overall in the 200. She now ranks sixth in school history in the 60 and 14th in the 200 after just four indoor meets as a Rebel.

"I think these were breakthrough races for Jhorden," O'Neal said. "Today was the first time she was able to hit those positions we've been talking about in practice. That will give her confidence as the season continues."

Junior Taryn Hartfield matched her season best of 8.51 in the 60-meter hurdle prelims (second-best time in the prelims), but was unable to run in the finals due to injury.

Friday's highlight for the Rebel women was White's season-best 20-0.25 in the long jump that placed her second in the competition and top 20 nationally.

Ole Miss returns to action on Feb. 7-8 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City. The Armory is one of the world's top indoor track & field facilities, hosting such major events as the Millrose Games and the New Balance Games. The National Track & Field Hall of Fame is also located there.

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60 Meter Finals "Section A"
2. Jalen Miller - 6.69

60 Meter Prelims "Section A"
2. Jalen Miller - 6.76q

60 Meter Prelims "Section B"
9. Quintavius Burdette - 7.09

200 Meters
2. Jalen Miller - 21.41
11. Robert Semien - 22.01
15. Creighton Serrette - 22.18
16. Montez Griffin - 22.34
22. Quintavius Burdette - 22.99

400 Meters
10. Montez Griffin - 48.52
13. Dante Oliver - 48.82
19. Creighton Serrette - 49.17

800 Meters
7. Alex Nichols - 1:53.52
8. Dameon Morgan - 1:53.86
16. Will Spiers - 1:54.97

Mile
2. Daniel Bulmer - 4:02.80 (SR)
10. Trevor Gilley - 4:17.53

3,000 Meters
1. Robert Domanic - 8:12.04 (FR)
11. Max Holman - 8:34.62
Daniel Bulmer - DNF

5,000 Meters (Friday)
7. Ian Carter - 15:04.84
17. Ryan Smith - 15:35.62
21. Jon Luke Watts - 15:52.73

60 Meter Hurdle Final
4. Robert Semien - 7.98

60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
5. Robert Semien - 8.01q

4x400-Meter Relay
11. Ole Miss `B' (Morgan, Miller, Burdette, Nichols) - 3:28.78
Ole Miss `A' - DNF

High Jump (Friday)
6. Malcolm Davis - 6-8.75

Pole Vault (Friday)
1. Sam Kendricks - 18-2.75 (FR)
7. Barclay Angle - 15-1
8. Stephen Greer - 14-7.25

Long Jump (Friday)
12. Barclay Angle - 20-5.75
Malcolm Davis - FOUL

Triple Jump
7. Barclay Angle - 42-11.75

Shot Put
2. Onyi Afoaku - 56-10.75

Weight Throw (Friday)
2. Nathan Loe - 61-11
3. Marcus Franklin - 60-7.25
4. Onyi Afoaku - 59-10.25

WOMEN

60 Meter Finals "Section A"
1. Jhorden Hunter - 7.42
3. Asia Cooper - 7.57
6. NaChaska Wright - 7.70

60 Meter Prelims "Section A"
1. Jhorden Hunter - 7.49q
5. Asia Cooper - 7.63q
6. NaChaska Wright - 7.71q
7. Breanna Tate - 7.74
10. Shari Russell - 7.84
16. D'Lacia McKinley - 8.23

60 Meter Finals "Section B"
5. Kennadi Bouyer - 7.69

60 Meter Prelims "Section B"
4. Kennadi Bouyer - 7.69q

200 Meters
4. Jhorden Hunter - 24.53
12. Breanna Tate - 24.85
13. Destiny Lundy - 24.92
28. Asia Cooper - 25.64
29. Chianne Peyton - 25.67
30. NaChaska Wright - 25.72
35. Kennadi Bouyer - 25.98
43. Mariah Buford - 26.69

400 Meters
11. Destiny Lundy - 57.17
22. Mariah Buford - 58.33
27. Deanna Tate - 59.65

800 Meters
14. Mary Ashton Nall - 2:18.14
16. Kacy Smith - 2:18.66
Ryan Flore - DNF

Mile
16. Amy McCrory - 5:05.11
21. Scarlett Fox - 5:10.17
24. Margaret Harkness - 5:12.70
27. Kacy Smith - 5:15.81
29. Tia Leake - 5:19.81
30. Tavyn Lovitt - 5:21.86

3,000 Meters
19. McKenna Coughlin - 10:07.08
26. Saga Barzowski - 10:19.86

5,000 Meters (Friday)
11. Kayleigh Skinner - 17:26.13
12. Mary Alex England - 17:31.17

60 Meter Hurdle Prelims "Section B"
2. Taryn Hartfield - 8.51q
8. Mary Ashton Nall - 9.00

4x400-Meter Relay
7. Ole Miss (B. Tate, Peyton, Leake, Lundy) - 3:53.70

High Jump (Friday)
14. Arielle Wallace - 5-2.5
17. Mary Ashton Nall - 5-2.5

Pole Vault
14. Lyndsey Acree - 11-1.75
Callie Watson - NH

Long Jump (Friday)
2. Kierra White - 20-0.25
12. Erika Sisk - 18-5
16. Kennadi Bouyer - 18-1.5
20. Shari Russell - 17-8.25

Triple Jump
16. Erika Sisk - 37-5
Kierra White - FOUL
Shannon Spence - FOUL

Shot Put
16. Kenya Wheeler - 42-2

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