Brian Williams Breaks Ole Miss Discus Record at Tennessee Relays
April 8, 2017
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Brian Williams broke his own school record in the men's discus to lead the nationally ranked Ole Miss track & field teams on the final day of the Tennessee Relays.
The No. 15 Ole Miss men and 18th-ranked women put together some solid performances in Knoxville despite not entering many of their top athletes in their primary events. Over the three-day competition, the Rebels totaled one school record, two marks among the nation's top two this season, and nine outdoor personal bests.
"It was a good meet," said Rebel head coach Connie Price-Smith. "We had a couple of bad days with the weather, but today it was beautiful. We didn't run all our main events, but the ones we did I think they did well in."
Headlining Saturday's action was Williams, a junior college transfer who broke the Ole Miss discus record for the third straight weekend to begin his Rebel career. He topped last week's mark by seven inches with a winning distance of 61.13m/200-7 in Knoxville that ranks him No. 2 in the NCAA this year. The Warren, Michigan, native has won all three discus competitions this season.
"Brian had a really good meet, although he would say it was a bad one," Price-Smith said. "He had two really good throws in the series today. It was nice to get a win. He's been really consistent this year and I think he's ready to start really taking off."
Williams carried over the throwing success from Friday when Janeah Stewart tossed the nation's second-best shot put and a huge personal best for her. Stewart placed third in the women's discus on Saturday with a mark of 53.44m/175-4.
Other highlights from Saturday included Ole Miss taking second in the women's 4x100-meter relay with the quartet of Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Deanna Tate and Breanna Tate clocking 44.90, as well as senior Callie Watson tying for fifth in the women's pole vault invitational with an outdoor PR of 4.10m/13-5.25. She is now tied for 22nd in the NCAA this year.
Ole Miss has a big week ahead with the Mt. SAC Relays, one of the best college meets of the season, held this year in Torrance, California.
"Mt. SAC will be a big meet for us," Price-Smith said. "We'll run our athletes in their main events. There will be lots of competition, so we're looking for a lot of big marks to come out of that. The progression is going well as we get ready for SEC Championships."
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4x100 Meter Relay
7. Ole Miss (Barnes, Raspo, DeRay, Foster) - 41.49
4x200 Meter Relay
2. Ole Miss (Raspo, DeRay, Westbrook, Barnes) - 1:27.54
1. Brian Williams - 61.13m/200-7 (SR)
10. Kevin Conway - 51.07m/167-7
4x100 Meter Relay
2. Ole Miss (Henderson, Ray, D. Tate, B. Tate) - 44.90
4x200 Meter Relay
2. Ole Miss (Mattix, A. Newsome, Carbo, Paul) - 1:39.34
4x400 Meter Relay
9. Ole Miss (D. Tate, B. Tate, Paul, Ray) - 3:47.82
Pole Vault Invitational
T5. Callie Watson - 4.10m/13-5.25 (PR)
5. Lanae Newsome - 12.05m/39-6.5
Jayla Jones - FOUL
3. Janeah Stewart - 53.44m/175-4
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