Ole Miss Men, Women Finish Top 25 at NCAA Indoor Championships
NCAA shot put champion Raven Saunders
March 11, 2017

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Friday Recap: Two NCAA Titles for Ole Miss


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – It was an exciting and historic weekend for the Ole Miss Rebels at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Texas A&M.

Under the direction of second-year head coach Connie Price-Smith, both the Ole Miss men and women finished top 20 in the NCAA indoor team standings for the first time in school history. The women tied for 12th with 13 points, which is their highest national finish in program history, indoor or outdoor. The men tied for 16th, their fourth-best indoor finish ever and the best since 2011.

The weekend was highlighted by a pair of national titles on Friday. Junior Raven Saunders broke her own collegiate record in the shot put with a massive heave of 19.56m/64-2.25, and the men won the school’s first relay national title with a thrilling victory in the distance medley relay by Craig Engels, Nick DeRay, Sean Tobin and Robert Domanic.

This was the first time in school history – indoor or outdoor – that Ole Miss achieved two NCAA titles in the same meet.

Saturday couldn’t match the eye-popping heroics of Friday’s two titles for Ole Miss, but there were still plenty of All-America performances to go around.

Saunders followed up her collegiate record in Friday’s shot put with a seventh-place finish in Saturday’s weight throw to earn first team All-America honors. Her mark of 20.81m/68-3.25 gave her the best NCAA weight throw finish by an Ole Miss woman since Juliana Smith was fifth in 2011.

Saunders is now a four-time All-American at Ole Miss and six-time All-American in her collegiate career.

Janeah Stewart, who came into the meet with the NCAA lead in the weight throw (23.18m/76-0.75), was unable to put together a big toss like she did when she set the SEC meet record two weeks ago. Her best mark on Saturday of 20.05m/65-9.5 resulted in a 13th-place finish and second team All-America status.

Lindsey Murray cleared the opening pole vault height of 4.05m/13-3.5 but was unable to get over cleanly at 4.20m/13-9.25. She finished in a tie for 13th, good for second team All-America distinction. This is the third time in her career to earn All-America honors, having done so at last year’s outdoor meet and as a freshman indoors while at Southern Illinois.

Oregon captured the women’s team title with a huge point total of 84, while host Texas A&M won the team title 46-45.5 over Florida. Ole Miss was one of 11 SEC schools to place top 25 on the women’s side and one of nine SEC schools to finish top 25 on the men’s side.

All told, the following Rebel men will earn first team All-America honors: Nick DeRay (DMR), Robert Domanic (DMR), Craig Engels (DMR), MJ Erb (5000m) and Sean Tobin (DMR).

The following women receive first-team accolades: Raven Saunders (shot put and weight throw) and Janeah Stewart (shot put).

The following men will get second-team distinction: Craig Engels (800m), Ryan Manahan (800m) and Brian Williams (shot put).

The following women will earn second-team status: Lindsey Murray (pole vault) and Janeah Stewart (weight throw).

In two short weeks, Ole Miss will turn to the outdoor season when it hosts the March 24-25 Joe Walker Invitational. The Rebels will welcome about 15 visiting teams to the newly renovated track & field complex for their first home track meet since March 2014.

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FINAL TEAM STANDINGS

WOMEN

1. Oregon – 84
2. Georgia – 51
3. Alabama – 37
4. USC – 35
5. Arkansas – 32.5
6. Kentucky – 26
7. Colorado – 21
8. Miami – 18
8. Missouri – 18
10. Penn State – 14
10. Stanford – 14
12. Ole Miss – 13 (best in school history)
12. Texas A&M – 13
14. Baylor – 12
14. Florida – 12
14. Michigan – 12
14. Purdue – 12
18. BYU – 11
18. Louisville – 11
18. LSU – 11
21. Cincinnati – 10
21. Mississippi State – 10
21. Samford – 10
21. San Diego State – 10
25. South Carolina – 9
25. Texas – 9

MEN

1. Texas A&M – 46
2. Florida – 45.5
3. Oregon – 38
4. Georgia – 35.5
5. Arkansas – 33
6. LSU – 30
7. Virginia Tech – 23.5
8. Alabama – 22
9. Texas – 21
10. Syracuse – 20
10. Tennessee – 20
12. Colorado State – 18
13. Tulsa – 14
14. Southern Illinois – 13
14. Texas Tech – 13
16. Ole Miss – 12
16. Colorado – 12
16. Georgetown – 12
16. Houston – 12
21. USC – 11
22. Kentucky – 10
22. Michigan – 10
22. New Mexico – 10
22. South Dakota – 10
22. UTEP – 10

SATURDAY AGATE

WOMEN

Pole Vault
T13. Lindsey Murray – 4.05m/13-3.5

Weight Throw
7. Raven Saunders – 20.81m/68-3.25 (2 points)
13. Janeah Stewart – 20.05m/65-9.5

FRIDAY AGATE

WOMEN

Shot Put
1. Raven Saunders – 19.56m/64-2.25 (PR) (SR) (FR) (MR) (CR) (10 points)
8. Janeah Stewart – 17.23m/56-6.5 (1 point)

MEN

800 Meter Prelims
11. Ryan Manahan – 1:48.79
14. Craig Engels – 1:49.26

5000 Meters
7. MJ Erb – 13:51.73 (2 points)

Distance Medley Relay
1. Ole Miss (Engels, DeRay, Tobin, Domanic) – 9:31.32 (10 points)

Shot Put
14. Brian Williams – 17.88m/58-8


 

 

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