Exciting Thursday for Ole Miss Track & Field
Dempsey McGuigan (photo by Tim Casey)
March 18, 2016

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PORTLAND, Ore. and TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – They occurred across the North American continent from each other in different events at different scales, but it was all good news for the Ole Miss track & field family on Thursday.

At the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, Ole Miss graduate Sam Kendricks earned a silver medal in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.80m/19-0.25.

It’s the best world result for Kendricks, an Oxford native who won two NCAA pole vault titles during his collegiate career with the Rebels. He was ninth at last year’s IAAF World Outdoor Championships. He won his fourth U.S. pole vault title last week to qualify for the world indoor meet.

Kendricks is the fourth Ole Miss Rebel to medal at a world championships or Olympics. He joins Tony Dees (1992 Olympic silver medalist in the 110-meter hurdles; two-time World Indoor bronze medalist in the 60-meter hurdles), Savante’ Stringfellow (2001 World Outdoor silver medalist in the long jump) and Brittney Reese (2012 Olympic gold medalist in the long jump; three-time World Outdoor gold medalist; two-time World Indoor gold medalist).

Reese will compete in the women’s long jump on Friday. Ricky Robertson will be the Rebels’ third representative on Team USA and compete in the men’s high jump on Saturday in Portland.

The current Ole Miss team began its 2016 outdoor track & field season Thursday and picked up where it left off in the indoor season – breaking records.

On the first day of the three-day Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, sophomore Dempsey McGuigan broke his own school record in the men’s hammer throw with a big toss of 68.15m/223-7. The London, United Kingdom, native placed third overall and first among collegians in the 25-man competition. He actually topped his previous school record of 219-6 (set last year) three times in his six throws Thursday.

Junior Kevin Conway finished ninth with a throw of 60.44m/198-3, just off his personal best.

In the women’s weight throw, freshman Annika Larsson placed fourth out of 32 throwers with a heave of 51.82m/170-0, while sophomore Raven Saunders was sixth at 51.16m/167-10. In their first outdoor competition as Rebels, they enter the school record books at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.

The Alabama Relays pick up momentum with running events and more field events on Friday and Saturday. Most of the Ole Miss squad will compete, outside of some of the distance runners who led the Rebels to big success at the SEC and NCAA indoor meets over the last few weeks.



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Hammer Throw
3. Dempsey McGuigan – 68.15m/223-7 (PR) (SR)
9. Kevin Conway – 60.44m/198-3
Nathan Loe – FOUL


Hammer Throw
4. Annika Larsson – 51.82m/170-0
6. Raven Saunders – 51.16m/167-10




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