Murray Leads Rebels at Light Day One of Spec Towns Invite
April 6, 2018

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– Ole Miss men’s and women’s track & field received several solid performances, highlighted by a season-best by redshirt junior pole vaulter Lindsey Murray, at a beautiful but light day of competition at the Spec Towns Invite on Friday.

Murray took the lone event title of the day for Ole Miss, winning the women’s pole vault at a season-best 4.16m (13-07.75). She ended up winning on total misses, with her first-attempt clearance at that bar giving her the title over Wisconsin’s Taylor Amann, who needed all three tries to clear. Her height today moves her up to 11th in the NCAA and sixth overall in the East Region.

Murray missed the 2017 outdoor season due to injury, but is coming off yet another appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, where she was the lone senior in competition to have qualified for the national meet all four years. She entered the 2018 outdoor season with the 10th-best PR nationally at her school-record height of 4.34m (14-02.75) from 2016.

The Rebel men’s long jumpers had a monster day on Friday with two strong personal bests. Freshman Allen Gordon, who has excelled in the high jump throughout his first Rebel campaign, was the top Ole Miss finisher in third place at a wind-legal, near two-foot PR jump of 7.62m (25-00.00) – currently the 26th-best in the NCAA and 14th-best in the East Region.

Sophomore Manny Foster had a similarly impressive outing after taking last week off in the long jump to run the 100-meter dash. Foster finished right behind Gordon in fourth place, leaping a wind-legal PR of 7.52m (24-08.25) – right now putting him at No. 39 in the NCAA and No. 21 in the East.

Freshman Peyton Weissmann improved yet again in the men’s pole vault, taking fourth overall at a new collegiate best height of 5.05m (16-06.75) – moving him up to seventh all-time at No. 33 in the East Region.

The Rebel men also got a PR out of Christian Yancey on the track, who clipped his 400-meter hurdle time down to 55.59 with a fourth-place finish today.

Sophomore Kendall Chavarria came within two feet of her career best in the hammer on Friday, taking third overall at 56.17m (184-03). Freshman Shey Taiwo improved on her place in seventh all-time at Ole Miss with a two-foot PR at 54.31m (178-02) to finish seventh overall. Volunteer coach and 2018 IAAF World Indoor qualifier Jeneva Stevens won the hammer today at 68.60m (225-01).

In the men’s hammer, grad transfer Cullen Prena threw a one-inch season-best to finish fifth at 60.73m (199-03) – improving on his place in fifth all-time at Ole Miss and No. 33 in the East Region.

Ole Miss also had three Rebel women compete in their first full heptathlon of the outdoor season in Kieshonna Brooks, Haley Hood and Ghania Warren. Through four events, Brooks leads the Rebels in fourth place at 3,025 points – followed by Warren in sixth at 2,645 and Hood in seventh at 2,458.

Brooks, who is the national record holder in the heptathlon in her native country of Saint Kitts and Nevis at 4,683 points from the 2017 SEC Championships, claimed second place in the shot put at more than a two-foot PR of 10.89m (35-08.75). She also took second in the 200-meter at a new PR of 25.11. She came close to her career-bests in the 100-meter hurdles (third, 14.12) and high jump (seventh, 1.48m/4-10.25).

In her first career heptathlon, Warren took PRs in the 200-meter (fifth, 26.41), high jump (sixth, 1.57m/5-01.75) and the 100-meter hurdles (sixth, 15.68) – with today marking her first shot put attempt (fifth, 8.45m/27-08.75).

Hood recorded two PRs herself with her seventh-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (16.12) and 200-meter dash (27.14).

Competition resumes at 8 a.m. CT with Nolan Hesse in the men’s 5K.

Women’s Heptathlon (Through Four of Seven Events):

4. Kieshonna Brooks – 3,025

6. Ghania Warren – 2,645

7. Haley Hood – 2,458

Heptathlon 100-Meter Hurdles:

3. Kieshonna Brooks – 14.12

6. Ghania Warren – 15.68 – PR

7. Haley Hood – 16.12 – PR

Heptathlon High Jump:

5. Haley Hood – 1.57m (5-01.75)

6. Ghania Warren – 1.57m (5-01.75) – PR

7. Kieshonna Brooks – 1.48m (4-10.25)

Heptathlon Shot Put:

2. Kieshonna Brooks – 10.89m (35-08.75) – PR

5. Ghania Warren – 8.45m (27-08.75)

7. Haley Hood – 7.34m (24-01.00)

Heptathlon 200-Meter Dash:

2. Kieshonna Brooks – 25.11 – PR

5. Ghania Warren – 26.41 – PR

7. Haley Hood – 27.14 – PR

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