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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