Raven Saunders reclaimed the world lead with another record-breaking shot put Saturday. (photo by Ellen O'Nan)
Jan. 30, 2016
Vanderbilt Invitational Results | Penn State National Results: Day 1 | Penn State National Results: Day 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. and STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – It was another historic weekend for the Ole Miss men’s and women’s track & field teams, which combined for five school records and a world-leading throw among their accomplishments at the Vanderbilt Invitational and Penn State National meets.
As has become the norm, sophomore Raven Saunders highlighted the weekend with yet another record-breaking shot put effort, this time shattering her own school record with a world-leading heave of 18.98m/62-3.25. Four other school records fell over the weekend, including the men’s distance medley relay on Friday (9:30.48) and Saturday performances by Ryan Walling in the men’s 3,000 meters (8:00.50), Bo Ummels in the women’s mile (4:47.10) and Lindsey Murray in the women’s pole vault (4.29m/14-0.75).
Those records and several more efforts this weekend move Ole Miss athletes up in the national ranks among the very best in the NCAA this indoor season.
“I’m really excited,” said first-year head coach Connie Price-Smith. “We had a good weekend all the way around. From the distance group to the jumpers to the sprints to the throws group, they all stepped up and showed improvement. We had school records at both Vanderbilt and Penn State. I think the athletes are all behind each other and they’re all excited about what they’re doing. Everybody’s feeding off of each other. It started with a good performance Friday night and then they kept rising to the occasion throughout the day Saturday.”
Saunders, a two-time NCAA champion as a freshman at Southern Illinois last year, seems to improve every time she steps in the circle. On Saturday, her record throw moved her up from No. 4 to No. 3 all-time among NCAA indoor shot putters while also breaking the Vanderbilt Invitational meet record and facility record. In four 2016 meets as a Rebel, she has set the school record three times and broken the facility record at all three meet locations. The Charleston, South Carolina, native boasts three of the top four shot puts in the world this season.
She also had a personal best in the weight throw for the second straight weekend, producing a mark of 20.22m/66-4.25 that ranks her No. 2 in school history and top 20 in the NCAA this year.
The women’s mile was an impressive event for Ole Miss on Saturday in Nashville. Three Rebels ran better than the previous school record, led by Bo Ummels in 4:47.10. Her twin sister Britt Ummels, who set the record of 4:49.25 at the same meet last year, was right behind in 4:47.45. She was followed by Shelby Brown in 4:48.46 and then Emily Bean in 4:49.89. They placed 4-5-6-7 in the race, but the top three finishers were post-collegiate professionals.
Sophomore pole vaulter Lindsey Murray, who like Saunders transferred to Ole Miss from Southern Illinois, broke a four-year-old school record with her season-best clearance of 4.29m/14-0.75. She becomes the first female in school history to vault over 14 feet. She tied for the best clearance on Saturday but officially came in second places due to misses. She will rank among the top 10 or 12 in the NCAA this year after all of the weekend’s results.
Saturday at the Penn State National was just as successful as Friday night. Walling, a senior transfer from North Carolina, broke the school record in the 3,000 meters with a personal-best time of 8:00.50 that ranks him top 15 in the NCAA this year. He smashed the previous Rebel record by seven seconds.
Ryan Manahan finished runner-up in the 800 meters in a speedy time of 1:47.37 that ranks him No. 2 in school history and No. 3 in the NCAA this year. His time was just off his personal best of 1:47.34 that he ran while with Georgetown last year. Craig Engels crossed the line soon after Manahan in a personal-best 1:47.75 that places him fourth in the school record books and eighth in the NCAA this year.
Robert Domanic and Sean Tobin finished 1-2 in the Penn State men’s mile. Domanic’s personal-best time of 4:00.19 keeps him No. 2 in school history and moves him up to No. 8 in the NCAA this year. Tobin ran a season-best 4:01.86 that ranks him 14th in the nation.
Back in Nashville, five of the six women’s 800-meter runners clocked personal bests, led by Leanne Zimmer in third place in 2:09.97, which vaults her to No. 8 in school history.
After last weekend’s Conference Clash in Birmingham saw Ole Miss athletes rack up 30 indoor personal bests, this weekend was even more impressive with a total of 35 personal bests.
Price-Smith’s teams will look to continue the trend of improvement next weekend at the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame.
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VANDERBILT INVITATIONAL AGATE – SATURDAY
60 Meter Final
4. Khadijah Suleman – 7.52
5. Shannon Ray – 7.59
60 Meter Prelims
6. Shannon Ray – 7.50Q
7. Khadijah Suleman – 7.51Q
10. Nicole Henderson – 7.58
11. Breanna Tate – 7.60 (PR)
36. Porsha Shirley – 7.95 (PR)
3. Leanne Zimmer – 2:09.97 (PR)
6. Maddie McHugh – 2:10.65 (PR)
8. Taylor Corder – 2:11.92
22. Scarlett Fox – 2:18.61 (PR)
23. Anna Braswell – 2:18.66 (PR)
25. Tavyn Lovitt – 2:21.33 (PR)
4. Bo Ummels – 4:47.10 (SR) (PR)
5. Britt Ummels – 4:47.45 (PR)
6. Shelby Brown – 4:48.46 (PR)
7. Emily Bean – 4:49.89 (PR)
12. Elisabeth Gaillet – 4:56.46 (PR)
13. Katherine MacNeal – 4:57.56 (PR)
16. Tavyn Lovitt – 4:58.37 (PR)
22. Anna Braswell – 5:06.17
29. Saga Barzowski – 5:12.47
33. Nicole Park – 5:14.10 (PR)
23. Haley Ward – 10:14.02 (PR)
60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
15. Racquel Moses – 8.75
46. Sakisha Dovey – 9.77
4x400 Meter Relay
7. Ole Miss ‘A’ (Moses, Suleman, Tate, Henderson) – 3:50.29
11. Ole Miss ‘B’ (Corder, McHugh, Zimmer, Br. Ummels) – 3:59.03
2. Lindsey Murray – 4.29m/14-0.75 (SR)
6. Katy McAuley – 3.79m/12-5.25 (PR)
12. Callie Watson – 3.64m/11-11.25 (PR)
6. Lanae Newsome – 12.01m/39-5
1. Raven Saunders – 18.98m/62-3.25 (PR) (SR) (MR) (FR)
60 Meter Prelims
21. Darryl Brown – 6.98
34. Connor Harris – 7.12 (PR)
37. Carl Lowe – 7.17
47. Peyton Moss – 7.40
60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
Peyton Moss – FS
5. Derek Gutierrez – 1:51.06
11. Brandon Harvey – 4:08.71 (PR)
22. Dylan Day – 4:14.51 (PR)
27. Ian Carter – 4:17.23 (PR)
32. Mark Robertson – 4:18.71 (PR)
35. John Dalton Rohr – 4:21.49
Abraham Merinar – DNF
11. Kevin Conway – 14.23m/46-8.5
PENN STATE NATIONAL AGATE – SATURDAY
2. Ryan Manahan – 1:47.37
5. Craig Engels – 1:47.75 (PR)
1. Robert Domanic – 4:00.19 (PR)
2. Sean Tobin – 4:01.86
4. Ryan Walling – 8:00.50 (SR) (PR)
VANDERBILT INVITATIONAL AGATE – FRIDAY
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)
13. Alex Enright – 1.61m/5-3.25
14. Arielle Wallace – 1.61m/5-3.25
Juliana McIlveene – NH
28. Sakisha Dovey – 5.36m/17-7 (PR)
D’Lacia McKinley – FOUL
Kyla Lewis – FOUL
5. Raven Saunders – 20.22m/66-4.25 (PR)
19. Annika Larsson – 15.90m/52-2
9. Darryl Brown – 21.77
59. Carl Lowe – 23.44
8. Adam Aguirre – 2.04m/6-8.25
18. Barclay Angle – 4.71m/15-5 (PR)
19. Peyton Moss – 4.71m/15-5
7. Branden Greene – 7.29m/23-11 (PR)
22. Connor Harris – 6.24m/20-5.75
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 – FRIDAY
Distance Medley Relay Invite
4. Ole Miss (Domanic, Manahan, Engels, Tobin) – 9:30.48 (SR)