Khadijah Suleman (photo by Tim Casey)
March 26, 2016
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Ole Miss enjoyed a beautiful Saturday in the Ozarks by winning six events and producing some of the nation’s top times and marks at the Arkansas Spring Invitational track meet.
The second meet of the 2016 outdoor season featured sophomore sensation Raven Saunders claiming event titles in three women’s throws – shot put, discus, hammer – and the women’s sprint group showing off impressive speed.
Ole Miss athletes produced 18 lifetime bests on Saturday, including 15 by the women. Many of the Rebels’ top male athletes did not compete this weekend and are expected to make their season debuts at next week’s Florida Relays.
“It was a good day,” said first-year head coach Connie Price-Smith. “We had a lot of good things that happened and a few not so good, but more good than bad.”
Saunders, who last week had outdoor personal bests and school records in the shot put and discus, was good enough in both of those events and the hammer throw to top the field in all three in Fayetteville. In her signature event, the shot put, she established new meet and facility records with her winning throw of 18.15m/59-6.75. Only she has thrown farther than that in the NCAA this season. She won the discus with a mark of 55.75m/182-11, while she set a personal best of 56.91m/186-8 in the hammer throw that ranks her No. 2 in the school record books.
After two weekends, Saunders sits at No. 1 in the NCAA in the shot put, No. 3 in the discus and No. 44 in the hammer.
Senior sprinter Khadijah Suleman was on fire at John McDonnell Field, winning the 100 meters, placing second in the 200 and anchoring the 4x100 relay squad to their second straight win of the young season. Her personal-best 11.39 in the 100 is top five in the nation so far and No. 3 in school history, while her personal-best 23.37 in the 200 (with the help of a generous +3.9 meters-per-second wind) is good for 11th in the country and fourth in the school record books.
Suleman helped the victorious 4x100 relay to a season-best time of 44.40 that ranks them No. 4 in the country. The other members of the relay squad – Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray and Breanna Tate – also had strong performances in the individual events. Tate finished fourth in the 100 with a personal-best 11.54 that ranks her among the nation’s top 20 (and No. 7 in school history) and fifth in the 200 with a personal-best 23.62 that is 25th nationally (and No. 8 in school history). Ray posted times of 11.64 and 23.75, while Henderson went 11.80 and 23.98 in the short sprints.
Sophomore Lindsey Murray placed third in the women’s pole vault with a season-best clearance of 4.20m/13-9.25. That ranks her 10th in the NCAA this year and is less than an inch away from the school record (13-9.75 by Neal Tisher in 2011) and her own personal best (13-10 from last year at Southern Illinois). Redshirt-freshman Katy McAuley matched her personal best of 12-7.5 that ranks her fourth in school history.
All three of the Rebel women who raced in the seeded section of the 800 meters clocked outdoor personal bests in a 2-3-4 finish. Taylor Corder ran 2:09.07, followed by Leanne Zimmer in 2:10.59 and Maddie McHugh in 2:10.60. Corder’s time is good enough for 12th in the NCAA this year and No. 8 all-time at Ole Miss.
“It was a good meet; There was a lot of good competition,” Price-Smith said. “For the most part everybody competed well. Lindsey and Katy jumped well in the vault. Khadijah had a good day and really the majority of the sprinters did. Raven didn’t throw great by any means, but she’s throwing at such a level that she was able to win all three of them.”
On the men’s side, sophomore Dempsey McGuigan claimed the lone Rebel event title, winning the hammer Throw with a distance of 68.05m/223-3, just off his school record of 223-7 that he threw last weekend. Senior Nathan Loe followed in second place with a season-best mark of 62.02m/203-6, while junior Kevin Conway was fifth with a 57.14m/187-5. Conway also came in third place in the discus with a heave of 51.21m/168-0.
Sophomore Brandon Harvey competed in his first ever 3000-meter steeplechase and finished third with a time of 9:35.43 that puts him at No. 10 in the Ole Miss record books.
Junior Barclay Angle placed sixth in the pole vault with a career-best height of 4.75m/15-7 that moves him up to ninth in school history.
Up next, Ole Miss will send the majority of its team to the Florida Relays (Friday-Saturday in Gainesville), while a small group of men’s distance runners will travel to California for the Stanford Invitational (Friday-Saturday in Stanford).
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32. Carl Lowe – 11.14
Darryl Brown – DNF
33. Carl Lowe – 22.89
4. Dameon Morgan – 48.06
8. Holland Sherrer – 48.87
800 Meters – Unseeded
5. John Dalton Rohr – 1:56.46
1500 Meters – Unseeded
6. Abraham Merinar – 3:55.71
7. Taylor Caldwell – 3:57.17
Brandon Harvey – DNF
400 Meter Hurdles
12. D’Marcus Barnes – 1:06.61 (PR)
3000 Meter Steeplechase
3. Brandon Harvey – 9:35.43 (PR)
5. Ole Miss (Morgan, Sherrer, Rohr, Lowe) – 3:21.50
6. Barclay Angle – 4.75m/15-7 (PR)
22. Connor Harris – 4.17m/13-8.25
3. Kevin Conway – 51.21m/168-0
1. Dempsey McGuigan – 68.05m/223-3
2. Nathan Loe – 62.02m/203-6
5. Kevin Conway – 57.14m/187-5
1. Khadijah Suleman – 11.39 (PR)
4. Breanna Tate – 11.54 (PR)
5. Shannon Ray – 11.64
10. Nicole Henderson – 11.80
16. Porsha Shirley – 12.03 (PR)
2. Khadijah Suleman – 23.37 (PR)
5. Breanna Tate – 23.62 (PR)
6. Shannon Ray – 23.75
8. Nicole Henderson – 23.98
10. Kiannah Alexander – 24.15 (PR)
21. Porsha Shirley – 25.01
6. Mercedes Mattix – 56.14
8. Deanna Tate – 56.27
800 Meters – Seeded
2. Taylor Corder – 2:09.07 (PR)
3. Leanne Zimmer – 2:10.59 (PR)
4. Maddie McHugh – 2:10.60 (PR)
800 Meters – Unseeded
2. Jolie Carbo – 2:17.21 (PR)
1500 Meters – Unseeded
1. Maddy Nikkel – 4:38.14 (PR)
3. Elisabeth Gaillet – 4:40.95
5. Saga Barzowski – 4:42.18
8. Scarlett Fox – 4:46.60
100 Meter Hurdles
14. Racquel Moses – 14.21
400 Meter Hurdles
12. Aisha Newsome – 1:03.25
Racquel Moses – DNF
1. Ole Miss (Henderson, Ray, B. Tate, Suleman) – 44.40
9. Ole Miss (Ray, Suleman, Henderson, B. Tate) – 3:51.15
10. Ole Miss (Zimmer, McHugh, Corder, Nikkel) – 3:54.62
7. Juliana McIlveene – 1.60m/5-3
11. Alex Enright – 1.60m/5-3
13. Arielle Wallace – 1.60m/5-3
3. Lindsey Murray – 4.20m/13-9.25
8. Katy McAuley – 3.85m/12-7.5 (PR)
12. Callie Watson – 3.70m/12-1.5
7. Lanae Newsome – 5.62m/18-5.25
9. D’Lacia McKinley – 5.39m/17-8.25
11. Kyla Lewis – 5.36m/17-7 (PR)
Arielle Wallace – FOUL
6. Lanae Newsome – 11.84m/38-10.25
Jayla Jones – FOUL
D’Lacia McKinley – FOUL
1. Raven Saunders – 18.15m/59-6.75 (FR) (MR)
1. Raven Saunders – 55.75m/182-11
1. Raven Saunders – 56.91m/186-8 (PR)
Annika Larsson – FOUL
6. Alex Enright – 38.28m/125-7 (PR)