Rebels Race to Fast Times in Arkansas
Sean Tobin
Jan. 28, 2017


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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In the biggest test of the indoor season so far, Ole Miss won three individual event titles and posted some of the nation’s best times in the distance races at the Razorback Invitational.

Competing in a field of 18 nationally ranked teams, many from the Southeastern Conference, the Ole Miss finished sixth out of 14 in the men’s team race and the seventh of 14 on the women’s side.

The No. 5-ranked host Arkansas Razorbacks won the men’s team title, while No. 7 LSU claimed the women’s victory. The Ole Miss men finished ahead of No. 10 USC, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 19 South Carolina, No. 17 Oklahoma State, Auburn, Mississippi State and Missouri. The Rebel women placed ahead of Auburn, No. 24 South Carolina, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 17 Tennessee, Mississippi State and Missouri.

The three event victories came from MJ Erb in the men’s 3000 meters, Sean Tobin in the men’s mile and Raven Saunders in the women’s shot put, while the men’s distance medley relay and Janeah Stewart in the women’s weight throw were runners-up. Ole Miss athletes combined for 17 indoor personal bests overall.

Erb, coming off a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, made his indoor season debut in the 3000 meters and clocked a personal-best and NCAA-leading time of 7:54.77. He moved up to No. 2 in the school record books, just behind teammate Robert Domanic’s 7:54.58 from last year’s Iowa State Classic.

Tobin ran a blistering final 200 meters to cross the line in 4:00.09 and win the invitational section of the men’s mile. He was just barely off his own school record of 3:59.91 that he ran as a freshman in 2014. His 4:00.09 should rank him fourth or fifth nationally this season.

Continuing the distance success, the three-time defending SEC champions in the distance medley relay ran that race for the first time this year and finished runner-up behind Oklahoma State. The squad of Domanic, Nick DeRay, Craig Engels and Tobin clocked 9:34.39 that ranks that particular quartet second all-time in school history. They should be among the NCAA’s top five after the weekend concludes.

The throws groups, for both the men and women, produced points all weekend long.

Unless something strange happens, Saunders cannot be beaten in the women’s shot put. The 2016 Olympian and NCAA record holder easily claimed victory with a heave of 18.47m/60-7.25, eight-and-a-half feet better than the runner-up. Teammate Janeah Stewart was third at 15.76m/51-8.5.

It was the same two, in reverse order, in the women’s weight throw as Stewart placed second with a toss of 20.63m/67-8.25, while Saunders was fifth at 19.67m/64-6.5.

Dempsey McGuigan placed fourth in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 19.71m/64-8, followed by teammate Kevin Conway in sixth with a heave of 19.48m/63-11.

In the women’s pole vault, Lindsey Murray finished fourth among an elite lineup of vaulters with a clearance over 4.18m/13-8.5. Katy McAuley cleared a personal-best height of 3.98m/13-0.75 that moves her up to No. 4 in the school record books.

Other notable personal bests included Mary Alex England in the 3000 meters (9:30.82, 3rd in school history), Anna Braswell in the 3000 meters (9:38.79, 6th in school history) and Maddie McHugh in the 800 meters (2:09.25, 5th in school history).

Ole Miss returns to action this coming Friday and Saturday with a trip a little bit further west to Albuquerque for the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter (@OleMissTrack), Facebook and Instagram.

TEAM SCORES

WOMEN
1. #7 LSU – 84.33
2. #4 USC – 80
3. #2 Arkansas – 75
4. Texas A&M – 72.33
5. #3 Georgia – 59
6. #5 Florida – 46
7. #16 Ole Miss – 45
8. Auburn – 34.33
9. #24 South Carolina – 28
10. #14 Oklahoma State – 27
11. #17 Tennessee – 20
11. Mississippi State – 20
13. Missouri – 17
14. Wake Forest – 6

MEN
1. #5 Arkansas – 99.5
2. #14 Texas A&M – 85
3. #1 Florida – 72
4. #4 Georgia – 67
5. #3 LSU – 48.5
6. Ole Miss – 47
7. #10 USC – 41
8. #15 Tennessee – 38
9. #19 South Carolina – 34
10. #17 Oklahoma State – 29
11. Auburn – 26
12. Mississippi State – 10
13. Wake Forest – 8
13. Missouri – 8

COMPLETE AGATE

WOMEN

60 Meter Prelims
16. Shannon Ray – 7.59
17. Nicole Henderson – 7.60
22. Breanna Tate – 7.68

200 Meters
19. Shannon Ray – 24.15
27. Breanna Tate – 24.49
33. Nicole Henderson – 24.90

400 Meters
11. Jolie Carbo – 55.34
16. Aisha Newsome – 56.14 (PR)
17. Deanna Tate – 56.15
21. Mercedes Mattix – 56.56 (PR)
25. Jasmin Allen – 56.87

800 Meters
1. Maddie McHugh – 2:09.25 (PR)

Mile Invitational
7. Shelby Brown – 4:51.32

Mile
2. Emily Bean – 4:51.80
8. Katherine MacNeal – 4:58.38
9. Chelsea Drum – 4:59.49 (PR)
13. Tavyn Lovitt – 5:04.57
14. Elisabeth Gaillet – 5:06.25
17. Maddy Nikkel – 5:09.58

3000 Meter Invitational
4. Mary Alex England – 9:30.82 (PR)
12. Hannah Christen – 9:57.74 (PR)

3000 Meters
1. Anna Braswell – 9:38.79 (PR)

60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
17. Jeanette Paul – 8.80

4x400 Meter Relay
4. Ole Miss – 3:43.24

High Jump
7. Juliana McIlveene – 1.63m/5-4.25
Jasmine Cherry – NH

Pole Vault
4. Lindsey Murray – 4.18m/13-8.5
7. Katy McAuley – 3.98m/13-0.75 (PR)
9. Nicole Kallenberger – 3.83m/12-6.75
Sandra Brown – NH

Long Jump
17. Kaira Simmons – 5.67m/18-7.25
Ralesheia Gee – FOUL

Shot Put
1. Raven Saunders – 18.47m/60-7.25
3. Janeah Stewart – 15.76m/51-8.5

Weight Throw
2. Janeah Stewart – 20.63m/67-8.25
5. Raven Saunders – 19.67m/64-6.5
17. Annika Larsson – 16.26m/53-4.25

Pentathlon
12. Haley Hood – 2,900 (PR)

MEN

60 Meter Prelims
14. Andrew Raspo – 6.93
17. Courtland Barnes – 6.94
24. Manny Foster – 7.06 (PR)

200 Meters
23. Andrew Raspo – 21.96 (PR)

400 Meters
22. Nick DeRay – 49.14 (PR)
28. Alvin Westbrook – 50.61

800 Meters
21. Shamar Tucker – 1:55.03 (PR)

Mile Invitational
1. Sean Tobin – 4:00.09
5. Trevor Gilley – 4:05.72
Craig Engels – DNF

Mile
1. Derek Gutierrez – 4:04.76
11. Dylan Day – 4:14.49 (PR)

3000 Meter Invitational
1. MJ Erb – 7:54.77 (PR)

3000 Meters
7. Mark Robertson – 8:19.08 (PR)
9. Ian Carter – 8:20.88 (PR)
25. Taylor Caldwell – 8:36.40

Distance Medley Relay
2. Ole Miss (Domanic, DeRay, Engels, Tobin) – 9:34.39

High Jump
Branden Greene – NH

Pole Vault
Barclay Angle – NH
Cole Colozzo – NH

Long Jump
14. Manny Foster – 7.09m/23-3.25

Shot Put
6. Brian Williams – 18.05m/59-2.75
11. Kevin Conway – 15.70m/51-6.25

Weight Throw
4. Dempsey McGuigan – 19.71m/64-8
6. Kevin Conway – 19.48m/63-11
12. Brian Williams – 17.50m/57-5

Heptathlon
9. Peyton Moss – 4,763

 

 

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