Feb. 10, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ole Miss men’s and women’s track and field wrapped up another solid weekend of competition with two strong closing days at both the Music City Challenge at Vanderbilt and at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.
“I feel like this was a much better weekend for us all-around,” said Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith. “I think both groups at Vanderbilt and at Iowa State had solid performances, and I hope we can continue to build on that now that we are heading into the SEC meet.”
The Rebel throwers put together yet another impressive showing, today doing so in the shot put at Vanderbilt.
Senior All-American Brian Williams had a career-day in the men’s shot put, uncorking a near two-foot career best for runner-up honors at 19.24m (63-01.50), breaking his own school record from last year by more than half a foot. Williams launches up to No. 12 in the NCAA this year, putting him in contention for a second straight trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships in the shot put. Williams was a Second-Team All-American in 2017 after finishing 14th overall at the national meet.
After another historic night in the weight throw on Friday, senior All-American Janeah Stewart put together another strong performance in the shot put on Saturday. Stewart, who moved up to No. 3 all-time in the NCAA in the weight throw last night, came within less than an inch of her season-best in the shot put, taking top collegian honors in second place at 17.10m (56-01.25). Entering this week, Stewart held a season-best 17.12m (56-02.00), which ranked No. 8 nationally.
Ole Miss volunteer coach Jessica Ramsey won the title at a season-best 17.83m (58-06.00), which puts her at No. 4 in the United States this year and in a tie for 11th worldwide in 2018.
Freshman Waleed Suliman led the Rebel delegation at Iowa State on Saturday with a powerful win in the mile, running a four-second PR and coming extremely close to sub-four territory at 4:00.90. In just his second-career mile race collegiately, Suliman moves from 10th to fifth all-time at Ole Miss behind superb milers like Sean Tobin (first, 3:58.28), Robert Domanic (second, 4:00.19) and Craig Engels (third, 4:01.19). He also moves up to No. 28 on the NCAA list this season.
Fellow freshman Cade Bethmann took 11th, also running a career-best 4:05.26 that puts him at No. 11 on the all-time Rebel mile list.
It was a strong day for the Rebels on the track at Vanderbilt as well, led by red-hot senior Jolie Carbo in the 400-meter dash. Carbo, who has set at least a half-second PR in the 400 each of the last two times she has raced, did so again today, taking runner-up honors at a blistering 53.30 seconds for a new career-best. Carbo moves up from fourth to second all-time at Ole Miss, trailing only LaJada Baldwin’s 52.98 from the 2009 SEC Championships. Currently, Carbo sits at No. 17 on the national descending list.
Fellow senior sprinter Shannon Ray had quite a fast day as well, making her way into the 60-meter dash finals, where she put on a career performance for runner-up honors. Ray took second place at 7.42 seconds, a career-best of three hundredths that moves her into a tie for eighth all-time at Ole Miss.
The Rebel triple jumpers had themselves a day as well. Senior Lanae Newsome leapt a new career-best to finish fourth overall at 12.59m (41-03.75), improving on her place in fifth all-time at Ole Miss and moving up to No. 37 in the NCAA this year. Sophomore SIU transfer Fraquan Gaines recorded a big jump, too, taking third place at a PR 15.38m (50-05.50) to rank 13th all-time and 47th in the NCAA.
Ole Miss has the next week off to prepare for the SEC Indoor Championships, which will be held at Texas A&M on Feb. 24-25.
Other Notable Performances:
Women’s 60-Meter Dash:
12. Nicole Henderson – 7.59
15. Alia Holmes – 7.65 – PR
Men’s 60-Meter Dash:
14. Andrew Raspo – 6.89
Women’s 400-Meter Dash:
17. Mercedes Mattix – 55.59 – PR, 11th all-time
19. Aisha Newsome – 55.89
21. Jasmin Allen – 56.03
26. Orianna Shaw – 56.58 – PR
Men’s 400-Meter Dash:
18. Alvin Westbrook – 48.70 – PR
Women’s 800-Meter (Iowa State):
11. Maddie McHugh – 2:07.66
Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles:
11. Kieshonna Brooks – 8.66 – PR, 9th all-time
12. Jeanette Paul – 8.66 – SB
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay:
Women’s Pole Vault:
5. Lindsey Murray – 4.04m (13-03)
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