School Records, Big Marks Highlight Rebels' Weekend
April 1, 2017
Florida Relays Results | Stanford Invite Results
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In what has already been a banner 2017 for the Ole Miss track & field program, the nationally ranked Rebels turned it up another notch at the Pepsi Florida Relays over the weekend.
Competing against a loaded field of the nation’s top college teams and a slew of the world’s top professional athletes, Ole Miss athletes broke two more school records, set 19 outdoor personal bests and recorded some of the nation’s best times and marks this season.
“A lot of good things happened over the three very long days,” head coach Connie Price-Smith said. “We had a lot of season bests, personal bests and got some regional qualifying marks out of the way. It’s good to have a solid second meet with everything going in the right direction.”
The 13th-ranked Rebel men enjoyed especially superb performances from veteran throwers Brian Williams and Dempsey McGuigan and mid-distance standout Craig Engels.
Williams won the discus invite in Gainesville with a spin of 60.95m/200-0, breaking his own school record from last weekend. He ranks No. 2 in the nation in his signature throwing event. The transfer from Iowa Central Community College also had a strong shot put, throwing an outdoor personal-best 18.30m/60-0.5 to place sixth in the invite section with a mark that ranks him among the NCAA’s top 20 this year.
In the hammer throw, McGuigan tossed a season-best 69.45m/227-10 to finish fourth overall and second among collegians in the competition. He ranks third in the NCAA this year.
Engels opened his outdoor season with an 800-meter run of 1:46.96 that ranks him fourth in the NCAA this year. It was just off the 1:46.03 that he ran for a fourth-place finish at last year’s U.S. Olympic Trials.
Other men with standout performances included Derek Gutierrez in the 800 meters (personal-best 3:44.39, No. 6 in school history) and Kevin Conway in the discus (personal-best 53.99m/177-1, No. 4 in school history).
The No. 23 Ole Miss women had a huge weekend, led by the amazing exploits of junior thrower Janeah Stewart.
For the second straight weekend, the junior college transfer from Iowa Central Community College set personal bests in all three of her events with some impressive distances. She broke her own school record in the hammer throw (64.69m/212-3) and had PRs in the discus (56.39m/185-0) and shot put (16.90m/55-5) that both rank No. 2 in school history. She is top 10 in the NCAA in all three events.
“Janeah had an exceptional meet,” Price-Smith said. “Her events were spread out all over the place. She really competed tough and always finds a way to rise to the occasion. It’s nice to see her break the school record and be able to do it when it counts.”
Sophomore Maddie McHugh carried her momentum from a strong indoor season by running an outdoor personal best of 2:07.99 to move up to No. 7 in school history and top 25 in the NCAA this year.
Junior Jolie Carbo ran a speedy 53.44 in the 400 meters to move up to No. 6 in school history and among the top 25 in the NCAA this year.
Carbo also helped the 4x400-meter relay (Jasmin Allen, Carbo, Aisha Newsome, Mercedes Mattix) to a nice showing by qualifying for Saturday’s final and running a season-best time of 3:38.31 that is No. 10 in school history.
“Jolie ran a great 400 and came back and ran a nice relay leg yesterday to qualify and a great one today,” Price-Smith said. “Running the splits she’s running now, she should drop her best time even more.”
Speaking of relays, the Rebels’ 4x100-meter squad of Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Deanna Tate and Breanna Tate clocked a season-best time of 44.80 that ranks them No. 8 in school history.
Junior Shelby Brown made her debut in the 3000-meter steeplechase and ran an impressive time of 10:30.61 that ranks her No. 4 in school history.
Other personal bests in Gainesville included Jeanette Paul in the 100-meter hurdles (13.92, No. 9 in school history) and Annika Larsson in the hammer throw (57.14m/187-6, No. 4 in school history).
“A lot of girls had PRs or very close to PRs. It was a really good all-around meet,” Price-Smith said.
Ole Miss sent five runners to run the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational on Friday.
Coming out on top for the women was junior Anna Braswell, whose personal-best time of 33:47.22 in her first 10K on the track ranks her No. 2 in school history and just eight seconds off the school record.
The only man at Stanford was senior Wesley Gallagher, who ran a time of 29:33.81.
“Our athletes were competing against some of the very best this weekend,” Price-Smith said. “National champions, runners-up and professionals. They have a great outlook though. Their times got better from last week and they’re going in the right direction. I think they have a good sense of reality that they’re getting better regardless of who they’re going against.”
Ole Miss returns to action next weekend at the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville.
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