Youngsters Shine for Ole Miss at Alabama Relays
Shannon Ray (photo by Joshua McCoy)
March 21, 2015

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Ole Miss sent many of its younger and less experienced team members to the Alabama Relays for the 2015 outdoor track & field season opener. The results were promising for the Rebels.

Led by freshman sprinter Shannon Ray, the Ole Miss women posted a pair of event victories and saw several personal bests.

Ray, a native of New Orleans, won the 100-meter title in her college outdoor debut Friday, clocking a personal best of 11.74, which ranks her top 10 in school history. Senior Jhorden Hunter was runner-up in 11.79.

The Ole Miss women captured the 4x100-meter relay crown Saturday with a time that should rank them among the best in the nation. The Rebels' squad of Nicole Henderson, Ray, Khadijah Suleman and Hunter ran 44.73, the sixth-best time in school history and perhaps the best ever in the month of March.

A number of other freshmen had strong outdoor debuts on the women's side. Brittany Kelly tied for third in the high jump with a clearance of 5-7 that ties her for 10th in school history. Lanae Newsome got sixth in the triple jump and ranks 10th in school history with a mark of 39-5.75. Emily Bean ran 17:25.15 to enter the school record books at No. 9 in the 5,000 meters. Mercedes Mattix came in third place in the 400 meters with a time of 56.48.

Ole Miss' small contingent of men had some highlights despite resting most of the normal stars. Juniors Dameon Morgan and Holland Sherrer, who normally run the 800 meters, got fourth and fifth in the 400 in 48.59 and 48.80, respectively.

In the high jump, junior Adam Aguirre cleared 6-8.75 to place fifth.

On Thursday night, Nathan Loe and Kevin Conway put up solid marks in the hammer throw. Loe went 202-3 to place fourth overall, while Conway posted a personal-best mark of 195-11 that moved him up to third-best in the school record books.

Head coach Brian O'Neal's team will return to action next weekend at Georgia Tech's Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissTrack and on Facebook at Ole Miss Track. And follow Coach O'Neal at @CoachBrianOneal.

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MEN

400 Meters
4. Dameon Morgan - 48.59
5. Holland Sherrer - 48.80

800 Meters
30. Julius Lembke - 2:00.32

1500 Meters
32. John Dalton Rohr - 4:03.10

5000 Meters
21. Abraham Merinar - 15:18.06

400 Meter Hurdles
22. Jonathan Redding - 56.16

High Jump
5. Adam Aguirre - 6-8.75

Pole Vault
Barclay Angle - NH
Peyton Moss - NH

Shot Put
26. Peyton Moss - 38-9

Hammer Throw
4. Nathan Loe - 202-3
7. Kevin Conway - 195-11

WOMEN

100 Meters
1. Shannon Ray - 11.74
2. Jhorden Hunter - 11.79

100 Meters (Invitational)
3. Breanna Tate - 11.99

400 Meters
3. Mercedes Mattix - 56.48
4. Deanna Tate - 56.55

400 Meters (Invitational)
15. Mariah Buford - 58.34

1500 Meters
17. Saga Barzowski - 4:39.04
25. Katherine MacNeal - 4:40.71
26. Anna Braswell - 4:42.19

5000 Meters
16. Emily Bean - 17:25.15
26. Madison Rawson - 17:41.44
27. Nicole Park - 17:46.95

100 Meter Hurdles
7. Taryn Hartfield - 14.18

4x100 Meter Relay
1. Ole Miss (Henderson, Ray, Suleman, Hunter) - 44.73

4x400 Meter Relay
14. Ole Miss (Ray, B. Tate, Suleman, Buford) - 3:56.68

High Jump
T3. Brittany Kelly - 5-7
T15. Taylor Irby - 5-1

Pole Vault
T9. Lyndsey Acree - 11-1.75
Callie Watson - NH

Long Jump
T13. Kierra White - 18-2.5
Shari Russell - FOUL

Triple Jump
6. Lanae Newsome - 39-5.75

Shot Put
29. Furqani Al-Amin - 35-1.25
 

 

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