Feb. 24, 2018
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Seniors Janeah Stewart and Lindsey Murray led the way for Ole Miss with strong performances at Day One of the SEC Indoor Championships at Texas A&M on Saturday.
The Rebel women received 13 meet points from those two seniors, putting them in a tie with No. 17 Alabama for fifth overall through five scored events on the women’s side.
Stewart, the defending SEC champion in the weight throw, held onto the lead in the shot put until the final round – falling to second on the third-to-last throw of the competition by Florida’s Lloydricia Cameron.
Stewart took the lead on her second-round toss of 17.63m (57-10.25), a large one-foot indoor career-best that launched her up to No. 5 on the NCAA list and improves upon her place in second all-time at Ole Miss. It appeared to have been enough for the win until Cameron just barely edged her out by three-quarters of an inch at 17.65m (57-11.00). This was the second consecutive SEC runner-up finish in the shot indoors for Stewart.
Freshman Shey Taiwo just missed out on joining Stewart in the final, throwing a two-foot PR for 10th place at 14.23m (46-08.25), which moves her up to fifth all-time indoors at Ole Miss.
Perhaps the most exciting moment of the day for Ole Miss was an impressive outing by senior Lindsey Murray in the pole vault. Murray, who returned this season after missing most of 2017 due to injury, soared to new heights in a historically stacked pole vault field, finishing fourth among some of the best collegians ever at a four-inch season best and a new Ole Miss school record of 4.30m (14-01.25).
That height ties Murray’s indoor career-best from her freshman season at SIU, and pushes her into contention for a trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships at No. 10 on the national list. Murray entered today ranked tied for No. 27 on the NCAA list, but was one among four others at her final height who all entered the day within the national top-six. Kentucky’s Olivia Gruver, the national leader, beat out Arkansas Olympian Tori Hoggard at a new SEC meet record 4.67m (15-03.75).
The Rebel distance runners put five through to finals on Sunday, including two in the men’s mile. Senior All-American Sean Tobin, the defending SEC mile champ and a key part of the defending SEC and NCAA distance medley relay team, took a smooth win at 4:05.34 for the top time and an automatic qualifying spot to tomorrow’s final. He will bring along with him freshman Everett Smulders, who continued his impressive first campaign as a Rebel with a third-place finish for another AQ spot at a PR time of 4:05.47 – the 12th-fastest mile in school history.
Fellow freshman Waleed Suliman snared a finals spot as well, taking a time qualifier position in the men’s 800-meter. Suliman finished second in Heat Four and sixth overall in the prelim at 1:50.65 and enters the final with the third-fastest season-best at 1:48.94.
Senior Kat MacNeal will run in tomorrow’s women’s mile final after earning an auto-qualifier spot, finishing third in Heat One at 4:48.73. MacNeal’s time today is less than a second off her season and career-best of 4:48.07, the fourth-fastest in Ole Miss history.
Junior Maddie McHugh earned her spot into the women’s 800-meter final in dramatic fashion, turning on the jets down the stretch to win Heat Three for an auto-qualifier spot. She ended up with the seventh-best prelim time at 2:09.91.
Ole Miss also had a representative in the women’s pentathlon, sophomore Kieshonna Brooks, who put on a career-day in the grueling marathon event. Brooks finished 11th overall, but at a new career-best point total by nearly 200 points at 3,642 – seventh-best in school history.
Brooks began the day with a stunning PR in the 60-meter hurdles, running 8.55 for sixth place. That time moves her to fourth all-time at Ole Miss and ranks as the fastest ever by a Rebel in the pentathlon – besting Brittany Kelly’s 8.57 from the 2015 SEC Indoor Championships.
Brooks also recorded career-bests in the high jump (13th place, 1.52m/4-11.75) and shot put (sixth place, 11.45m/37-06.75).
Competition resumes at 5 p.m. CT tomorrow evening with the field events. Sean Tobin and Everett Smulders will kick off the Rebel action on the track in the men’s mile final at 5:20 p.m. Fans can watch live on SEC Network, beginning at 5 p.m.
OTHER REBELS IN DAY ONE COMPETITION
Women’s 60-Meter Dash:
29. Shannon Ray – 7.50
30. Nicole Henderson – 7.52 – SB
Men’s 60-Meter Dash:
19. Andrew Raspo – 6.92
Women’s 200-Meter Dash:
28. Shannon Ray – 24.13 – SB
29. Nicole Henderson – 24.23 – SB
Men’s 200-Meter Dash:
18. Andrew Raspo – 21.95 – PR
Women’s 400-Meter Dash:
11. Jolie Carbo – 53.68
22. Mercedes Mattix – 54.96 – PR, 8th all-time
27. Aisha Newsome – 55.37 – PR, 10th all-time
30. Jasmin Allen – 55.87 - PR
31. Orianna Shaw – 56.12 - PR
Men’s 400-Meter Dash:
33. Alvin Westbrook – 48.82
11. Lisa Vogelgesang – 9:50.83
15. Maddie King – 9:58.90
Men’s High Jump:
9. Allen Gordon – 2.15m (7-00.50) – PR, 5th all-time
Women’s Pole Vault:
14. Katy McAuley – 3.90m (12-09.50)
14. Sandra Brown – 3.90m (12-09.50) – SB
Women’s Long Jump:
11. Kaira Simmons – 5.96m (19-06.75) – SB
16. Lanae Newsome – 5.56m (18-03)
Men’s Long Jump:
9. Manny Foster – 7.55m (24-09.25)
Men’s Weight Throw:
12. Dempsey McGuigan – 20.07m (65-10.25)
17. Cullen Prena – 15.66m (51-04.50)
Women’s Team Scores (Through Five Events):
1. #1 Arkansas – 41
2. #4 Georgia – 38
3. #8 Florida – 29
4. #3 Kentucky – 21
5. Ole Miss – 13
5. #17 Alabama – 13
7. #12 Missouri – 11
8. #7 Texas A&M – 10
9. South Carolina – 9
10. #14 Tennessee – 5
10. Vanderbilt – 5
Men’s Team Scores (Through Four Events):
1. #2 Florida – 30.5
2. #8 Alabama – 28
3. #5 Georgia – 26
4. #3 Arkansas – 24
5. #11 Kentucky – 15
6. #7 Texas A&M – 13.5
7. South Carolina – 8
8. LSU – 4
8. Missouri – 4
10. Tennessee – 3
Kat MacNeal – Women’s Mile
Maddie McHugh – Women’s 800-Meter
Everett Smulders – Men’s Mile
Waleed Suliman – Men’s 800-Meter
Sean Tobin – Men’s Mile
Day One Top-Three:
Janeah Stewart – Women’s Shot Put, 2nd Place
Day One Scorers:
Janeah Stewart – Women’s Shot Put, 2nd Place
Lindsey Murray – Women’s Pole Vault, 4th Place
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