World, NCAA Leaders for Rebels in Outdoor Season Opener at Home
Raven Saunders heaved a world-leading shot put that also broke the Ole Miss facility record Saturday.
March 25, 2017


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OXFORD, Miss. – Nothing could stop the Rebels on the opening weekend of the 2017 outdoor track & field season.

Despite predictions of 100 percent chance of rain and likely thunderstorms on Saturday, the weather held quiet all day, allowing Ole Miss to host the Joe Walker Invitational that saw some truly incredible performances.

“The rain held off and we were able to get the whole meet in,” Rebel head coach Connie Price-Smith said. “I was excited with the way it ran and all the help we had. I thought we had some really good performances both days.”

Highlighting the weekend were a pair of world-leading efforts, two NCAA leaders and three facility records.

After Friday’s world-leading and facility record men’s pole vault by Ole Miss alum and Rio Olympian Sam Kendricks (5.81m/19-0.75), fellow Olympian and current Rebel Raven Saunders took over the world lead and smashed the facility record in the women’s shot put (18.51m/60-9) on Saturday.

Fellow Olympian Gwen Berry, an Ole Miss volunteer assistant, broke her own facility record in the women’s hammer throw (71.94m/236-0) with the No. 4 mark in the world this year.

Ole Miss junior Brian Williams made his outdoor debut a strong one by winning the discus (60.35m/198-0) with the NCAA’s top mark of the season. He broke a school record that had stood since 2003.

On the weekend, current Ole Miss athletes combined for one world leader, two NCAA leaders, two school records, one facility record, 10 event titles and 30 outdoor personal bests. And that was without running the vast majority of the team’s standout distance men and women.

“During the meet, I’m not able to see everything that’s happening,” Price-Smith said. “To see at the end that we came away with that many personal bests is exciting and bodes well for the future of our team.”

Event titles went to the following Rebels:

Brian Williams – men’s discus – 60.35m/198-0 (School Record) (NCAA Lead)
Dempsey McGuigan – men’s hammer – 66.94m/219-7 (#4 NCAA)
Peyton Moss – men’s decathlon – 6,404 points

Raven Saunders – women’s shot put – 18.51m/60-9 (Facility Record) (World Lead)
Raven Saunders – women’s discus – 54.91m/180-2 (#7 NCAA)
Breanna Tate – women’s 100m – 11.93
Shannon Ray – women’s 200m – 23.51
Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Deanna Tate, Breanna Tate – women’s 4x100m relay – 45.29
Lilli Williamson – women’s high jump – 1.65m/5-5
Callie Watson – women’s pole vault – 4.05m/13-3.5 (Personal Best)

Saunders and teammate Janeah Stewart pulled the rare feat of competing in all three throws on the same day, and came out incredibly well.

Stewart, last year’s national junior college field athlete of the year, achieved outdoor personal bests in all three events Saturday. That included a school record in the hammer throw (62.70m/205-8) that ranks her No. 7 in the NCAA this year, as well as a shot put of 16.38m/53-9 (#3 in school history, #6 in NCAA this year) and a discus of 54.17m/177-9 (#2 in school history, #9 in NCAA this year).

In addition to Saunders’ world lead in the shot put, her victory in the discus ranks her seventh in the NCAA this year.

“It was tough for them competing all three in one day, but they’re troopers and they competed and did very well,” Price-Smith said. “A lot of good marks came out of it. When it came to the shot put (last of the three events), they still had some left in them and were able to perform well.”

In the women’s pole vault, senior Callie Watson and freshman Sandra Brown both cleared 4.05m/13-3.5, which ranks them in a tie for 12th in the nation this season.

Next weekend, Ole Miss travels to Gainesville for the Pepsi Florida Relays, held Friday and Saturday.

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

SATURDAY AGATE

MEN

100 Meters
4. Andrew Raspo – 10.83
8. Manny Foster – 10.91
18. Courtland Barnes – 11.09
30. Triston Blaney – 11.46

400 Meters
8. Nick DeRay – 49.45
10. Alvin Westbrook – 49.79

800 Meters
2. Derek Gutierrez – 1:51.81
9. Parker Scott – 1:53.52 (PR)
32. Shamar Tucker – 1:57.20

400 Meter Hurdles
13. Trace Walters – 59.49 (PR)

4x100 Meter Relay
3. Ole Miss (Barnes, Raspo, DeRay, Foster) – 41.47

4x400 Meter Relay
3. Ole Miss (Westbrook, Scott, Gutierrez, Tucker) – 3:22.90

Triple Jump
5. Manny Foster – 13.98m/45-10.5

Shot Put
2. Brian Williams – 18.03m/59-2
6. Kevin Conway – 16.35m/53-7.75 (PR)

Discus
1. Brian Williams – 60.35m/198-0 (SR) (NCAA lead)
4. Kevin Conway – 52.57m/172-6

Decathlon
1. Peyton Moss – 6,404 points

WOMEN

100 Meters
1. Breanna Tate – 11.93
13. Porsha Shirley – 12.62

400 Meters
3. Mercedes Mattix – 55.98
7. Aisha Newsome – 56.50
10. Jasmin Allen – 57.25
17. Deanna Tate – 57.76

100 Meter Hurdles
2. Jeanette Paul – 14.13 (PR)

400 Meter Hurdles
6. Jeanette Paul – 1:04.02 (PR)

4x100 Meter Relay
1. Ole Miss (Henderson, Ray, D. Tate, B. Tate) – 45.29

High Jump
T1. Lilli Williamson – 1.65m/5-5
3. Juliana McIlveene – 1.60m/5-3
T5. Arielle Wallace – 1.55m/5-1
T5. Jasmine Cherry – 1.55m/5-1

Pole Vault
1. Callie Watson – 4.05m/13-3.5 (PR)
2. Sandra Brown – 4.05m/13-3.5 (PR)
T4. Katy McAuley – 3.85m/12-7.5
T4. Nicole Kallenberger – 3.85m/12-7.5
Lyndsey Acree – NH

Triple Jump
3. Lanae Newsome – 12.22m/40-1.25
10. Kaira Simmons – 11.10m/36-5
14. Jayla Jones – 10.86m/35-7.75

Shot Put
1. Raven Saunders – 18.51m/60-9 (FR) (World lead)
5. Janeah Stewart – 16.38m/53-9.25 (PR)

Discus
1. Raven Saunders – 54.91m/180-2
2. Janeah Stewart – 54.17m/177-9 (PR)

Invitational Hammer Throw
4. Janeah Stewart – 62.70m/205-8 (PR) (SR)
5. Annika Larsson – 56.29m/184-8 (PR)
6. Raven Saunders – 55.61m/182-5

Heptathlon
3. Kieshonna Brooks – 4399 points (PR)
11. Haley Hood – 3,189 points

FRIDAY AGATE

MEN

200 Meters
17. Andrew Raspo – 21.92 (PR)
27. Nick DeRay – 22.18
28. Courtland Barnes – 22.25
46. Triston Blaney – 23.27 (PR)

1500 Meters
9. Robinson Snider – 3:57.92 (PR)
18. Dylan Day – 4:03.24 (PR)
41. Nolan Hesse – 4:13.65 (PR)

5000 Meters
Dylan Day – DNF
Robinson Snider – DNF

Pole Vault
Barclay Angle – NH
Austin Garrett – NH

Long Jump
2. Manny Foster – 7.17m/23-6.25

Hammer Throw
1. Dempsey McGuigan – 66.94m/219-7.75
4. Kevin Conway – 60.87m/199-8.75
5. Brian Williams – 58.74m/192-8.75 (PR)

WOMEN

200 Meters
1. Shannon Ray – 23.51
5. Deanna Tate – 23.99 (PR)
6. Nicole Henderson – 24.08
7. Breanna Tate – 24.12
11. Mercedes Mattix – 24.64 (PR)
13. Jolie Carbo – 24.71 (PR)
17. Porsha Shirley – 24.95
20. Jasmin Allen – 25.10 (PR)
34. Aisha Newsome – 25.52 (PR)

1500 Meters
2. Katherine MacNeal – 4:28.58 (PR)
4. Maddie McHugh – 4:33.70 (PR)
6. Maddy Nikkel – 4:34.13 (PR)
9. Haley Ward – 4:38.16 (PR)
15. Tavyn Lovitt – 4:42.13
17. Elisabeth Gaillet – 4:44.97

Long Jump
2. Lanae Newsome – 5.88m/19-3.5
3. Kaira Simmons – 5.76m/18-10.75
10. Ralesheia Gee – 5.49m/18-0.25
20. Jayla Jones – 5.27m/17-3.5
24. D’Lacia McKinley – 5.16m/16-11.25

Hammer Throw
4. Kendall Chavarria – 48.47m/159-0.5 (PR)

Javelin
2. Alex Enright – 41.30m/135-6.25 (PR)
4. Kendall Chavarria – 34.45m/113-0.5 (PR)

 

 

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