Another School Record Falls for Ole Miss Track
Craig Engels ran a great 800m leg in helping Ole Miss break a 31-year-old school record in the DMR. (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Jan. 29, 2016

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. and STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – For the second straight weekend, Ole Miss set a school record in the distance medley relay, and the Rebels had several other standout performances to get the weekend started.

After the women achieved a school record in the DMR in Birmingham last week, it was the men’s turn Friday at the Penn State National meet. Competing against the top DMR squads in the country, the Rebels’ quartet of Robert Domanic (1200m), Ryan Manahan (400m), Craig Engels (800m) and Sean Tobin (1600m) placed fourth in 9:30.48. They led the race throughout the first three legs, before giving way late to three of the nation’s top mile closers from Penn State, Stanford and Georgetown.

The Rebels’ time of 9:30.48 shattered the previous record of 9:38.20 set by the 1985 squad of Victor Shine, Melvin Dean, Brian Pope and K.C. Nielsen, the only Rebel DMR group to ever appear at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The 2016 DMR Rebels should rank among the top five in the NCAA this year, pending results from other meets around the country.

Ole Miss athletes performed well on the first day of the Vanderbilt Invitational as well.

Sophomore Raven Saunders heaved a personal-best weight throw for the second week in a row with her mark of 20.22m/66-4.25 to place fifth in a star-studded field. She continues to rank second in school history and should move into the top 15 in the nation this year.

Senior Khadijah Suleman paced a large Rebel contingent in the women’s 200 meters with her personal-best time of 24.21 to finish second overall. She moves up to seventh in the school record books. Other Rebels to place in the top 10 out of 76 runners were Shannon Ray (5th, 24.33), Breanna Tate (7th, 24.57) and Nicole Henderson (9th, 24.63).

The men’s weight throwers were up to the task Friday, led by sophomore Dempsey McGuigan’s personal-best heave of 19.66m/64-6 that earned him fourth place and continues to rank him No. 2 in school history. Junior Kevin Conway placed sixth and also threw a personal best with his distance of 19.25m/63-2 that moves him into a tie for third in the school record books. Senior Nathan Loe was seventh with a throw of 18.94m/62-1.75.

Senior Branden Greene leapt to a personal-best indoor long jump of 7.29m/23-11 to earn seventh place.

In total, Ole Miss athletes achieved eight indoor personal bests on a strong first day of competition. Both the Penn State National and Vanderbilt Invitational continue throughout the day on Saturday.

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

VANDERBILT INVITATIONAL AGATE

WOMEN

200 Meters
2. Khadijah Suleman – 24.21 (PR)
5. Shannon Ray – 24.33
7. Breanna Tate – 24.57
9. Nicole Henderson – 24.63
31. Mercedes Mattix – 25.64
45. Racquel Moses – 25.93
49. Porsha Shirley – 26.04 (PR)

High Jump
13. Alex Enright – 1.61m/5-3.25
14. Arielle Wallace – 1.61m/5-3.25
Juliana McIlveene – NH

Long Jump
28. Sakisha Dovey – 5.36m/17-7 (PR)
D’Lacia McKinley – FOUL
Kyla Lewis – FOUL

Weight Throw
5. Raven Saunders – 20.22m/66-4.25 (PR)
19. Annika Larsson – 15.90m/52-2

MEN

200 Meters
9. Darryl Brown – 21.77
59. Carl Lowe – 23.44

High Jump
8. Adam Aguirre – 2.04m/6-8.25

Pole Vault
18. Barclay Angle – 4.71m/15-5 (PR)
19. Peyton Moss – 4.71m/15-5

Long Jump
7. Branden Greene – 7.29m/23-11 (PR)
22. Connor Harris – 6.24m/20-5.75

Weight Throw
4. Dempsey McGuigan – 19.66m/64-6 (PR)
6. Kevin Conway – 19.25m/63-2 (PR)
7. Nathan Loe – 18.94m/62-1.75

PENN STATE NATIONAL AGATE

MEN

Distance Medley Relay Invite
4. Ole Miss (Domanic, Manahan, Engels, Tobin) – 9:30.48 (SR)

 

 

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