Rebel Women Fourth, Men Tied for Fifth After Light Day One of Razorback Invite



FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.
- Ole Miss men's and women's track and field both sit in the middle of the pack after a light but productive first day of the Razorback Invite on Friday.

The 10th-ranked Rebel women currently sit in fourth place at 24 meet points, with the Rebel men in a tie with No. 2 Georgia for fifth place with 18.5.

Ole Miss received a large portion of its team score from both variations of the weight throw on Friday.

Senior All-American Janeah Stewart - who entered ranked No. 2 in the NCAA at 22.88m (75-00.75) - set a new season-best for the third straight week in a title-winning performance, winning at 22.95m (75-03.50) on her first throw of the day.

That throw improves upon her place as the second-best in the NCAA this season, as well as fourth-best in the United States overall. Stewart entered the season with the best returning throw in the NCAA at 23.18m (76-00.75) - an Ole Miss and SEC meet record that ranked as the best in the NCAA in 2017, as well as seventh in the United States by the end of the season. That throw still ranks Stewart as the sixth-best individual in the history of the NCAA in the event.

Freshman Shey Taiwo joined Stewart in the top-three with a powerful third-place finish for 16 total meet points for Ole Miss. Taiwo, in just her third collegiate meet, uncorked a two-meter PR toss of 20.82m (68-03.75) on her second attempt of the day. Taiwo already ranked fifth all-time at Ole Miss after her season-opening toss of 18.28m (59-11.75), but today she launched herself up to third behind Stewart and senior Raven Saunders (21.67m/71-01.00).

Taiwo now ranks 13th in the NCAA, making her the highest-ranked freshman in the weight throw nationally this year. Ole Miss is also now the only school to have two ranked within the top-13 of the event this season.

The Rebel men, meanwhile, we able to snare 13 points themselves in the weight throw. Senior All-American Dempsey McGuigan followed suit from Stewart, setting a new season-best for the third week in a row for a runner-up finish at 20.44m (67-00.75). He improves upon his place at No. 22 in the NCAA, and is now within one inch of his career-best from two years ago of 20.46m (67-01.50).

Graduate transfer Cullen Prena set a new career-best for the second week in a row, taking fourth place at 19.59m (64-03.25). Prena improves on his rank as No. 5 in Ole Miss history following today's performance.

Ole Miss also received a pair of high scorers in the pole vault. Freshman Peyton Weissmann took 5.5 points in a tie for third in the men's vault at 4.76m (15-07.25), and senior Lindsey Murray took fourth on the women's side at 4.04m (13-03.00).

The Rebel women received a handful of points from sophomore Kieshonna Brooks and Haley Hood, who took seventh and eighth, respectfully, in the women's pentathlon.

Brooks scored 3,472 points in seventh place in her first try at the pentathlon, pushing herself to 10th all-time at Ole Miss. Brooks recorded PRs in the high jump (1.51m/4-11.50) and the 800-meter (2:34.03).

Hood took eighth at a career-best 2,969 points, making her 12th all-time in Rebel history. Hood also scored a pair of PRs in the 60-meter hurdles (9.70) and the 800-meter (2:29.39).

Competition resumes at 11:10 a.m. CT on Saturday morning, with a live window of action to be televised on SEC Network beginning at 1:02 p.m.

Women's Team Scores (Through Seven Events Scored):

1. #2 Arkansas - 58
2. #3 Georgia - 54
3. #24 Kansas State - 34
4. #10 Ole Miss - 24

5. #7 Texas A&M - 22
6. #4 USC - 20
7. #9 LSU - 15.5
8. Florida State - 15
9. #5 Florida - 8
10. Oklahoma State - 4.5

Men's Team Scores (Through Six Events Scored):

1. #3 Texas A&M - 41.5
2. Kansas State - 32.5
3. #1 Florida - 30
3. LSU - 30
5. #2 Georgia - 18.5
5. Ole Miss - 18.5

7. #13 USC - 15
8. #23 Florida State - 12.5
9. #7 Arkansas - 10
10. Oklahoma State - 9.5

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