Ole Miss Runners Set Four School Records Friday Night
Ryan Walling smashed the Ole Miss record in the 5,000 meters with the NCAA's No. 5 time this year. (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Feb. 12, 2016

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AMES, Iowa – In what has already been an historic indoor season for Ole Miss Track & Field, Friday night was an exclamation point of sorts.

Competing on the first day of the 25th annual Iowa State Classic, Ole Miss strung together four school-record performances and some of the top times in the nation in the men’s and women’s 3,000 and 5,000 meter races on the Lied Recreation Center’s famous 300-meter track.

It was an inspiring end to a difficult day after the team learned about the death of teammate and senior high jumper Ty Laporte in a car wreck late Thursday night.

Senior Ryan Walling, a transfer from North Carolina, shattered the school record in the 5,000 with a time of 13:39.44, which ranks him No. 5 in the NCAA this year. He bested the previous record of 13:54.69 set by Barnabas Kirui in 2007.

Junior Robert Domanic took down the 3,000 school record that was set all the way back on January 30 by Walling. Domanic’s time of 7:54.58 lowered Walling’s previous record by six seconds. Domanic now ranks No. 10 in the NCAA this year.

The women’s 5,000 record was smashed by sophomore Emily Bean with her time of 16:21.96. Running her first ever indoor 5K, her time was almost five seconds better than Logan Waites’ 2012 mark of 16:26.69.

Senior Britt Ummels clocked a 9:24.09 to establish a school record in the 3,000. Her time was nearly 12 seconds better than the previous record of 9:36.37 set by Haley Cutright in 2013.

“We had a good day and an even better night,” said first-year Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith. “What a night for the distance runners. It was really cool how the folks at Iowa State made tonight into a distance carnival. They dropped the temperature in the building and created an atmosphere conductive to running fast. In both the men’s and women’s 3K and 5K, we had not one person in the race, but two in most of the races, that broke school records.

“The men are doing great, and it’s really nice to see that the women have taken off too. Coach (Ryan) Vanhoy is doing a fantastic job with all of them. Each time out, they’re getting better, which makes them more confident, which makes them run even faster. It’s a testament to what he’s doing. And all of them are excited to be a part of it. They’re feeding off of each other. That’s what makes a good team; when you have everybody working hard together.”

Remarkably, Ole Miss has broken school records in 10 different events this indoor season. The full list:
- Robert Domanic – men’s 3000m – 7:54.58 – 2/12/16 – Iowa State Classic
- Ryan Walling – men’s 5000m – 13:39.44 – 2/12/16 – Iowa State Classic
- Domanic, Manahan, Engels, Tobin – men’s DMR – 9:30.48 – 1/29/16 – Penn State National
- Bo Ummels – women’s mile – 4:47.10 – 1/30/16 – Vanderbilt Invitational
- Britt Ummels – women’s 3000m – 9:24.09 – 2/12/16 – Iowa State Classic
- Emily Bean – women’s 5000m – 16:21.96 – 2/12/16 – Iowa State Classic
- Britt Ummels, Carbo, Zimmer, Brown – women’s DMR – 11:28.27 – 1/22/16 – Conference Clash
- Lindsey Murray – women’s pole vault – 14-0.75 – 1/30/16 – Vanderbilt Invitational
- Raven Saunders – shot put – 62-3.25 – 1/30/16 – Vanderbilt Invitational
- Raven Saunders – weight throw – 68-2.25 – 2/5/16 – Meyo Invitational

Sixteen Rebels tied or broke indoor lifetime bests on Friday. Many of the distance runners shattered their previous bests by chunks of 10, 20, 30 or even 40 seconds.

In addition to Walling’s record 5,000 race, senior Wesley Gallagher ran a personal-best time of 13:51.06 that was also better than the previous school record. He should factor into the top 20 or so in the NCAA this year pending the weekend’s results from around the country.

Domanic and sophomore Sean Tobin became the first two runners in school history to run an indoor 3K faster than eight seconds. Tobin’s personal-best time of 7:58.75 ranks him No. 2 in school history and among the best in the NCAA this year.

These results will help the Rebels to be in good position for the top 16 spots in the nation in each event that get to advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships.

In addition to Bean’s 5K record for the Rebel women, senior Bo Ummels ran a personal-best 16:26.53 that would have also set a school record, and sophomore Shelby Brown clocked a personal-best 16:30.19. That trio now ranks first, second and fourth in school history in the event.

Other highlights from Friday included runner-up finishes by senior Khadijah Suleman in the women’s 200 (personal-best 24.06), sophomore Raven Saunders in the women’s weight throw (19.72m/64-8.5) and senior Darryl Brown in the men’s 200 (season-best 21.45). Sophomore Dempsey McGuigan placed fifth in the men’s weight throw (19.81m/65-0).

A full day of events will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. CT.

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



200 Meters
2. Khadijah Suleman – 24.06 (PR)
3. Shannon Ray – 24.23
4. Breanna Tate – 24.28 (PR)
8. Nicole Henderson – 24.49 (PR)

3000 Meters
10. Britt Ummels – 9:24.09 (PR) (SR)
40. Haley Ward – 10:07.88

5000 Meters
11. Emily Bean – 16:21.96 (PR) (SR)
13. Bo Ummels – 16:26.53 (PR)
19. Shelby Brown – 16:30.19 (PR)
32. Nicole Park – 17:01.66 (PR)
42. Elisabeth Gaillet – 17:36.46

60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
11. Racquel Moses – 8.69 (PR)

High Jump
13. Alex Enright – 1.65m/5-5 (PR)
20. Juliana McIlveene – 1.55m/5-1

Long Jump
8. Lanae Newsome – 5.53m/18-1.75

Weight Throw
2. Raven Saunders – 19.72m/64-8.5
12. Annika Larsson – 16.26m/53-4.25


200 Meters
2. Darryl Brown – 21.45

3000 Meters
5. Robert Domanic – 7:54.58 (PR) (SR)
9. Sean Tobin – 7:58.75 (PR)

5000 Meters
4. Ryan Walling – 13:39.44 (PR) (SR)
11. Wesley Gallagher – 13:51.06 (PR)
25. MJ Erb – 14:07.13
53. Mark Robertson – 14:39.82 (PR)
60. Ian Carter – 14:48.85 (PR)

Pole Vault
11. Peyton Moss – 4.61m/15-1.5

Long Jump
13. Branden Greene – 6.69m/21-11.5
17. Connor Harris – 6.30m/20-8

Weight Throw
5. Dempsey McGuigan – 19.81m/65-0
8. Kevin Conway – 19.03m/62-5.25
9. Nathan Loe – 18.65m/61-2.25






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