Rebels Go Fast and Far in Final Regular-Season Track Meets
Ryan Manahan
Feb. 11, 2017

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FRIDAY RECAP: Two School Records Fall on Day One of Iowa State Classic

AMES, Iowa and NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ole Miss concluded its final weekend of competition before the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the Iowa State Classic and Music City Challenge.

The No. 11 nationally ranked Ole Miss women and the Rebel men had a number of exceptional performances over the weekend that put them in prime position for strong showings at the upcoming league and national championships.

Over the two days at two meets, Ole Miss athletes combined for 30 total indoor personal bests, two school records and one meet record.

“Overall it was a good weekend,” second-year head coach Connie Price-Smith said. “We had a lot of personal bests. Some of the athletes came out and did things that are good to see going into SECs”

Ole Miss was well represented in the 800 meters in Iowa, as athletes focused on arriving at their peak for conference championships, as well as trying to secure marks that will land them in the top 16 of the national rankings for NCAA meet qualifying.

Sophomore Maddie McHugh placed 11th in the women’s 800 by running a two-second personal best in 2:07.03, which moves her up to No. 3 in school history and 37th in the NCAA this year.

In the men’s 800, seniors Ryan Manahan and Craig Engels made their individual season debuts by placing fifth and seventh in 1:47.76 and 1:47.90, respectively. They were both just off their indoor personal bests and will enter the NCAA rankings at 12th and 16th.

While the Iowa State Classic was centered heavily around standout distance races, the Music City Challenge was a more balanced competition with field events and sprints leading the way.

As usual, junior Raven Saunders won the women’s shot put, but it wasn’t without a bit of intrigue. Saunders was battling flu-like symptoms that caused her to miss Friday’s weight throw, but she felt well enough to uncork a meet-record 18.59m/61-0 shot put to win over some highly rated collegians and a pair of professionals in the field. She now boasts the top 10 shot puts by an NCAA woman this indoor season and has broken meet records at four of five competitions, including two facility records.

Saunders’ teammate, junior Janeah Stewart, had a personal best in the shot put for the second straight weekend, heaving one 17.16m/56-3.75 that earned her third place. She maintains her standing as the second-best in school history and now ranks No. 10 nationally.

Senior Callie Watson continued her streak of personal-best clearances in the pole vault, this time launching herself over the bar at 4.19m/13-9, good for No. 3 in school history and 15th in the nation this year. Watson entered 2017 with an indoor personal best of 3.75m/12-3.5.

In the women’s long jump, freshman Kaira Simmons claimed a huge PR on her first attempt of the day with a distance of 6.27m/20-7 that moves her up to No. 3 in school history and 18th in the NCAA. It was the best indoor long jump by a freshman woman in Ole Miss history.

Ole Miss took third, fourth and fifth place in the 60-meter final, with junior Nicole Henderson clocking a season-best 7.45, junior Shannon Ray a personal best-tying 7.47 and senior Breanna Tate a personal-best 7.51.

Junior Jolie Carbo took seventh in the 400 meters with a personal-best 54.89 that moves her up to No. 7 in school history.

For the men in Nashville on Saturday, junior Brian Williams claimed fifth place in the shot put (17.94m/58-10.25) and freshman Andrew Raspo took seventh in the 60-meter final (6.86).

“I think each time the athletes go to Vanderbilt, they get more and more comfortable with the facilities, runways and rings,” Price-Smith said. “The different setup and layout there this weekend will definitely help when we go back in a little over a week for SECs.”

The only action between now and the Feb. 24-25 SEC Championships will be an appearance by the men’s distance relay at the UCS Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, next weekend as the squad seeks to solidify its NCAA Championships position. Currently, Ole Miss (Robert Domanic, Nick DeRay, Craig Engels, Sean Tobin) ranks seventh in the country with a time of 9:34.39 that’s No. 2 in school history.

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800 Meters
11. Maddie McHugh – 2:07.03 (PR)


800 Meters
5. Ryan Manahan – 1:47.76
7. Craig Engels – 1:47.90

21. Dylan Day – 4:12.43 (PR)
40. Brandon Harvey – 4:19.84



60 Meter Final
3. Nicole Henderson – 7.45
4. Shannon Ray – 7.47 (PR)
5. Breanna Tate – 7.51 (PR)

60 Meter Prelims
3. Shannon Ray – 7.50q
4. Nicole Henderson – 7.51q
5. Breanna Tate – 7.52q
44. Porsha Shirley – 7.98

400 Meters
7. Jolie Carbo – 54.89 (PR)
16. Aisha Newsome – 55.72 (PR)
22. Mercedes Mattix – 56.19
24. Jasmin Allen – 56.21 (PR)

3000 Meters
13. Haley Ward – 9:53.64 (PR)
17. Elisabeth Gaillet – 9:56.07 (PR)
18. Tavyn Lovitt – 9:56.44 (PR)
21. Maddy Nikkel – 10:05.04 (PR)
34. Madison Rawson – 10:28.29 (PR)

60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
37. Kieshonna Brooks – 9.03
52. Haley Hood – 10.23

Pole Vault
4. Callie Watson – 4.19m/13-9 (PR)
17. Sandra Brown – 3.79m/12-5.25
18. Katy McAuley – 3.79m/12-5.25
19. Nicole Kallenberger – 3.79m/12-5.25
22. Lyndsey Acree – 3.69m/12-1.25 (PR)
Lindsey Murray – NH

Long Jump
3. Kaira Simmons – 6.27m/20-7 (PR)
17. Lanae Newsome – 5.71m/18-8.75
19. Kieshonna Brooks – 5.62m/18-5.25 (PR)
33. Ralesheia Gee – 5.39m/17-8.25
43. D’Lacia McKinley – 4.97m/16-3.75

Shot Put
1. Raven Saunders – 18.59m/61-0 (MR)
3. Janeah Stewart – 17.16m/56-3.75 (PR)


60 Meter Final
7. Andrew Raspo – 6.86

60 Meter Prelims
5. Andrew Raspo – 6.85q
12. Manny Foster – 6.94
47. Peyton Moss – 7.59
Courtland Barnes – FS

400 Meters
35. Alvin Westbrook – 50.54

800 Meters
34. Shamar Tucker – 1:58.11

60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
26. Peyton Moss – 8.99

34. Quinn Cannella – 4:28.48 (PR)
38. Nolan Hesse – 4:37.73

3000 Meters
16. Taylor Caldwell – 8:28.06

Long Jump
11. Manny Foster – 7.05m/23-1.75

Shot Put
5. Brian Williams – 17.94m/58-10.25
20. Kevin Conway – 15.42m/50-7.25






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