Ole Miss Record Books Take More Hits at Meyo Invitational
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Feb. 6, 2016

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The listing of top 10 athletes in Ole Miss track & field history will look a bit different in several event areas after this weekend’s performance by the Rebels at the 29th annual Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame.

A total of 16 Ole Miss athletes either moved into or improved their standing in the school’s all-time top 10 charts over the two-day meet. Despite not traveling the entire team, the Rebels secured a whopping 31 indoor personal bests at the meet. It was the third straight weekend that head coach Connie Price-Smith’s group has topped 30 personal bests.

“I thought the weekend went well,” Price-Smith said. “Anytime you have that many personal bests you have to be happy about it, even though I think we still have a lot of work to do. But it is nice to see that the athletes are getting better and better each week.”

Sophomore thrower Raven Saunders was sensational as always over the weekend, winning the shot put and placing runner-up in the weight throw on a tiebreaker.

Saunders’ personal-best weight throw of 20.78m/68-2.25 on Friday shattered the school record and should rank her top 15 in the NCAA this year.

Although she did not break her own school record in the shot put this weekend, Saunders still managed a healthy mark of 18.12m/59-5.5 to win the competition by about seven feet. She surpassed the 18-meter line for the ninth time this season. No other NCAA athlete has reached that distance yet this year.

The sprinting duo of sophomore Nicole Henderson and senior Khadijah Suleman advanced through the 60-meter prelims and semifinals all the way to the final, in which Henderson was fourth in 7.41 and Suleman sixth in 7.44. Both times were lifetime bests, as Henderson moved up to sixth in school history and Suleman tied for eighth. They should also rank among the top 40 or so in the nation this year pending results from around the country.

All three 800 meter runners had personal bests for the women, led by eighth-place finisher Leanne Zimmer in 2:09.65. Zimmer, a junior, ranks eighth in school history. Freshman Maddie McHugh (2:10.51) and senior Taylor Corder (2:10.86) also clocked personal bests and rank among the top 15 in Ole Miss history in that event.

Two women’s milers had personal bests and moved into the top 10 in school history – sophomore Katherine MacNeal in 4:54.42 and junior Scarlett Fox in 4:56.52.

After the men’s weight throwers went wild with lifetime bests on Friday, it was the mid-distance and distance runners that had a field day on the Loftus Sports Center’s 320-meter indoor track Saturday.

With junior Trevor Gilley serving as a rabbit in the invitational section of the 3000 meters, junior MJ Erb placed fourth overall and first among collegians with a lifetime-best time of 8:01.75 that ranks him No. 2 in school history and top 25 in the NCAA this year. He was just a second slower than teammate Ryan Walling’s school record of 8:00.50 from last week. Senior Wesley Gallagher finished 13th in a personal-best 8:09.62, moving him up to No. 4 all-time at Ole Miss.

Gilley himself had a career day in the mile, running a PR of 4:03.23 in the famous “Meyo Mile” that improves his standing as the sixth-best indoor miler in school history.

Sophomore Derek Gutierrez placed sixth in the invitational section of the 800 meters, running a personal-best 1:50.15 that moves him into a tie for ninth-best in school history.

Ole Miss is back in action for another meet up north next weekend. The Rebels will participate in Friday and Saturday’s Iowa State Classic in Ames.

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60 Meter Final
4. Nicole Henderson – 7.41 (PR)
6. Khadijah Suleman – 7.44 (PR)

60 Meter Semifinals
4. Nicole Henderson – 7.45Q
6. Khadijah Suleman – 7.54q
11. Shannon Ray – 7.62
13. Breanna Tate – 7.66

60 Meter Prelims
5. Khadijah Suleman – 7.48Q (PR)
6. Nicole Henderson – 7.48Q (PR)
11. Shannon Ray – 7.58Q
16. Breanna Tate – 7.59q (PR)
47. Porsha Shirley – 7.86 (PR)

200 Meters
17. Kiannah Alexander – 24.70 (PR)
39. Porsha Shirley – 25.28 (PR)
44. Deanna Tate – 25.36

400 Meters
42. Aisha Newsome – 57.21 (PR)

600 Meters
12. Jolie Carbo – 1:33.84 (PR)

800 Meters
8. Leanne Zimmer – 2:09.65 (PR)
11. Maddie McHugh – 2:10.51 (PR)
13. Taylor Corder – 2:10.86 (PR)

33. Katherine MacNeal – 4:54.42 (PR)
39. Scarlett Fox – 4:56.52 (PR)
63. Anna Braswell – 5:05.51

3000 Meters
42. Tavyn Lovitt – 9:59.45 (PR)
49. Haley Ward – 10:03.75 (PR)

60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
19. Racquel Moses – 8.69 (PR)
52. Sakisha Dovey – 9.41

4x400 Meter Relay
9. Ole Miss (Alexander, Moses, Carbo, D. Tate) – 3:46.35

High Jump
Alex Enright – NH
Arielle Wallace – NH

Pole Vault
7. Lindsey Murray – 4.15m/13-7.25
16. Katy McAuley – 3.85m/12-7.5 (PR)
19. Callie Watson – 3.70m/12-1.5 (PR)

Long Jump
25. Kyla Lewis – 5.38m/17-8 (PR)
32. D’Lacia McKinley – 5.17m/16-11.5
33. Sakisha Dovey – 5.15m/16-10.75

Triple Jump
15. Lanae Newsome – 11.77m/38-7.5
D’Lacia McKinley – FOUL
Arielle Wallace – FOUL

Shot Put
1. Raven Saunders – 18.12m/59-5.5

Weight Throw
2. Raven Saunders – 20.78m/68-2.25 (SR) (PR)
25. Annika Larsson – 15.91m/52-2.5


60 Meter Semifinals
10. Darryl Brown – 6.95

60 Meter Prelims
8. Darryl Brown – 6.92Q
35. Carl Lowe – 7.08 (PR)
41. Connor Harris – 7.14
48. Peyton Moss – 7.30 (PR)

400 Meters
56. Peyton Moss – 51.09 (PR)

800 Meters
6. Derek Gutierrez – 1:50.15 (PR)
49. Dylan Day – 1:56.18

8. Trevor Gilley – 4:03.23 (PR)
70. Abraham Merinar – 4:21.92 (PR)
72. John Dalton Rohr – 4:27.91

3000 Meters
4. MJ Erb – 8:01.75 (PR)
13. Wesley Gallagher – 8:09.62 (PR)
Trevor Gilley – DNF

60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
30. Peyton Moss – 8.80

High Jump
3. Branden Greene – 2.12m/6-11.5
11. Adam Aguirre – 2.02m/6-7.5
Peyton Moss – NH

Pole Vault
13. Peyton Moss – 4.57m/15-0
15. Barclay Angle – 4.57m/15-0

Long Jump
10. Branden Greene – 7.07m/23-2.5
27. Connor Harris – 6.58m/21-7.25 (PR)
30. Peyton Moss – 5.90m/19-4.25

Weight Throw
5. Dempsey McGuigan – 20.46m/67-1.5 (PR)
6. Kevin Conway – 20.43m/67-0.5 (PR)
11. Nathan Loe – 19.24m/63-1.5 (PR)






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