Rebels Conclude Competition at Razorback Invite
Jan. 27, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Ole Miss men's and women's track and field concluded their stay at the University of Arkansas with a solid final day of the 2018 Razorback Invite on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 10 Rebel women finished sixth overall with 50 meet points in a log jam in the middle (only 3.5 points separated third-place finisher, No. 9 LSU, and the Rebels in sixth). The Ole Miss men's team, meanwhile, took ninth overall at 31.5 points. The Rebel women finished ahead of three ranked teams: No. 7 Texas A&M (seventh, 45), No. 5 Florida (ninth, 38) and No. 22 Iowa State (10th, 36).
"I thought we would be in a little better position overall than we are at this point in the season," said Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith. "We had a few good things this weekend, but we have a lot to work on in order to get to where we need to be."
Senior All-American Janeah Stewart, fresh off another win and season-best in the weight throw last night, took her second shot put title of the season today at 16.32m (53-06.50). Fellow senior and All-American Brian Williams also scored in the men's version of the shot put, taking fifth place at 18.57m (60-11.25).
Senior sprinter Jolie Carbo continued to light the track on fire in the 400-meter dash. Carbo, who just last week set a half-second PR in the indoor 400, did so again this week to win the open section of the 400-meter at 53.80. Carbo finished sixth overall once the open and invite sections of the 400 were combined, giving the Rebel women three meet points.
Carbo improves on her place in fourth all-time at Ole Miss in the event indoors, and in the process today became just the fourth Rebel woman to ever break the 54-second barrier in the 400, with the others being: LaJada Baldwin (52.98), Kenyata Coleman (53.41) and Angelia Clay (53.49). Carbo's overall career-best is 53.44 from the outdoor season last year at the Florida Relays.
Carbo also ran the leadoff leg for the women's 4x400-meter relay, which set a new season-best for the second straight week. The quartet of Carbo, Jasmin Allen, Aisha Newsome and Mercedes Mattix ran 3:40.03 for sixth overall in the invite section, again setting the fastest time run at Ole Miss in six years since Lauren Hollingsworth, Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen, Monica Williams and Kristin Bridges ran 3:37.74 at the 2012 SEC Indoor Championships -- still the fifth-best relay in school history indoors.
Freshman Waleed Suliman, fresh off an impressive collegiate open at Vanderbilt last week, finished fourth overall in the invite section of the mile at 4:04.71 -- the 10th-fastest mile in Ole Miss history that ranks 21st in the NCAA this year. Suliman entered this week with the fifth-fastest 800-meter time in the NCAA, run last week at 1:48.94.
Fellow freshman Everett Smulders won the open section of the mile and finished fifth overall once the events were combined, running the 12th-fastest mile time at Ole Miss at 4:06.93. Fellow freshman Parker Scott took seventh in the invite section and 11th overall at 4:08.96.
Senior NCAA Champion Robert Domanic ran as a rabbit in the invite section of the mile (bowing out after the 1K mark of the race). However, Domanic did take sixth in the 800-meter invitational, running 1:50.87 to finish 10th overall once both the invite and open sections were combined. Freshman Cade Bethmann took fifth in the open section and 12th overall at 1:51.44.
Junior Maddie McHugh put together another strong performance in the women's 800-meter invitational, taking seventh in the invite section and ninth overall at a new season-best 2:07.21. She now ranks 14th in the NCAA and still has room to grow; her career-best 2:05.38 from last year is still helping contribute to the No. 10 national ranking for the Rebel women.
Senior Kat MacNeal also ran in an invitational section, earning a spot in the mile invite after a career day in the mile last week at Vanderbilt. MacNeal came close to that time again (4:48.07) with a sixth-place finish at 4:49.34.
Junior Hannah Christen had a high finish on the track as well, finishing eighth overall in the invitational 3,000-meter at an overall career-best 9:40.44 -- the ninth-fastest 3K in school history.
In the field, senior Lanae Newsome rounded out the scoring for the Rebel women with a huge season-best in the triple jump. Newsome finished sixth overall at a season-best of more than a foot at 12.50m (41-00.25), less than one inch off her career-best indoors (12.52m/41-00.75). Her leap today currently ranks No. 30 on the NCAA descending list.
Ole Miss will split squads for the first time next week, with a group of jumpers and pole vaulters heading out west to the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque, N.M., and a group of throwers and sprinters up to Southern Illinois for the Don DeNoon Invite in Carbondale, Ill. -- both on Feb. 2-3.
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