School Record, Fast Times Highlight Ole Miss Showing at Virginia Challenge
Britt Ummels (photo by Joshua McCoy)
April 23, 2016

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In the biggest meet of the outdoor season to date, Ole Miss showed off its prowess in the 1500 meters and put together strong performances in several other events at the Virginia Challenge on Friday and Saturday.

Rebel athletes set a total of sixteen personal bests over the weekend, including senior Britt Ummels’ school record in the women’s 1500 meters.

Ummels, a native of The Netherlands, lowered her previous personal best by nearly four seconds with a time of 4:21.63 that broke a 12-year-old school record. She placed eighth out of 79 runners in Charlottesville. Her twin sister, Bo Ummels, also ran a personal best in 4:23.16, which ranks her third in school history. Five Rebel women clocked career bests in the event.

The men’s 1500 meters was perhaps even more productive for the Rebels. Out of 86 runners, sophomore Craig Engels led the way for Ole Miss in fourth place in a time of 3:40.41, less than two seconds off his school record of 3:38.82 from earlier this season. Junior Robert Domanic was seventh in a personal-best 3:40.95 that ranks him No. 2 in school history, while junior Sean Tobin was right behind him in eighth at 3:42.14, just off his personal best of 3:42.07.

Other Rebels that entered the top 10 in school history include sophomore Ryan Manahan at No. 6 (3:45.14) and sophomore Derek Gutierrez at No. 8 (3:45.55).

Domanic should rank top 10 in the country following this weekend’s college meet results, while Tobin will be among the top 15 or 20 in the land.

Sophomore Mark Robertson finished eighth in the men’s 10,000 meters with a personal-best time of 29:49.02 that ranks him No. 6 in school history.

Sophomore MJ Erb finished seventh in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a season-best time of 8:51.49 that moves him up to fourth in school history.

In the 800 meters, senior Holland Sherrer ran a season-best 1:48.55 to place sixth, while fellow senior Dameon Morgan ran 1:49.11 for ninth place.

Senior Branden Greene placed fifth in the high jump with a season-best height of 2.11m/6-11, while sophomore Dempsey McGuigan was fifth in the hammer throw invite with a mark of 68.75m/225-6. In the open hammer throw competition, senior Nathan Loe was victorious (63.73m/209-1), while junior Kevin Conway was fifth (PR 61.72m/202-6).

Senior McKenna Coughlin ran a personal-best 10:27.68 in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase. She ranks third in school history.

Sophomore Lanae Newsome had a nice weekend, placing seventh in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 5.89m/19-4 and finishing fifth in the triple jump with a season-best distance of 12.09m/39-8.

In the pole vault invite, sophomore Lindsey Murray came in fifth with a clearance at 4.10m/13-5.25.

The Rebels’ 4x100-meter relay squad of Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Breanna Tate and Khadijah Suleman finished runner-up in 44.53, while the 4x400-meter relay team of Kiannah Alexander, Jolie Carbo, Aisha Newsome and Deanna Tate came in fourth in 3:41.77.

“It was a long trip and some of our athletes performed well, while some not so well,” said head coach Connie Price-Smith. “It gave us a chance to see what we need to focus on for the next two weeks to get ready for SECs.”

Ole Miss returns to action next weekend with part of the squad going to the Memphis Invitational and a few of the top distance runners heading to the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, California. It will be the final weekend before the May 12-14 Southeastern Conference Championships.

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

COMPLETE AGATE

MEN

100 Meters
26. Carl Lowe – 11.19

200 Meters
35. Darryl Brown – 21.96
41. Carl Lowe – 22.96

800 Meters
6. Holland Sherrer – 1:48.55
9. Dameon Morgan – 1:49.11

1500 Meters
4. Craig Engels – 3:40.41
7. Robert Domanic – 3:40.95 (PR)
8. Sean Tobin – 3:42.14
16. Ryan Manahan – 3:45.14
19. Derek Gutierrez – 3:45.55 (PR)
23. Ryan Walling – 3:46.34
25. Trevor Gilley – 3:46.43
47. Wesley Gallagher – 3:50.77

10,000 Meters
8. Mark Robertson – 29:49.02 (PR)
Ryan Walling – DNF

3000 Meter Steeplechase
7. MJ Erb – 8:51.49
31. Abraham Merinar – 9:43.77

High Jump
5. Branden Greene – 2.11m/6-11

Pole Vault
1. Barclay Angle – 4.70m/15-5

Discus
7. Kevin Conway – 48.88m/160-4

Hammer Throw Invite
5. Dempsey McGuigan – 68.75m/225-6

Hammer Throw
1. Nathan Loe – 63.73m/209-1
5. Kevin Conway – 61.72m/202-6 (PR)

WOMEN

100 Meters
7. Khadijah Suleman – 11.76
9. Shannon Ray – 11.89
13. Nicole Henderson – 11.92
21. Breanna Tate – 12.01
39. Porsha Shirley – 12.39

200 Meters
37. Porsha Shirley – 25.66

400 Meters
30. Mercedes Mattix – 56.99

800 Meters
17. Leanne Zimmer – 2:09.58
18. Maddie McHugh – 2:09.61 (PR)
21. Taylor Corder – 2:10.05

1500 Meters
8. Britt Ummels – 4:21.63 (PR) (SR)
17. Bo Ummels – 4:23.16 (PR)
39. Emily Bean – 4:28.87 (PR)
40. Mary Alex England – 4:29.24
56. Maddy Nikkel – 4:34.34 (PR)
63. Scarlett Fox – 4:41.42 (PR)
64. Saga Barzowski – 4:41.83
Taylor Corder – DNF
Leanne Zimmer – DNF

5000 Meters
37. Katherine MacNeal – 16:54.20 (PR)
43. Anna Braswell – 17:04.69 (PR)
47. Elisabeth Gaillet – 17:07.25 (PR)
51. Haley Ward – 17:15.34 (PR)
57. Tavyn Lovitt – 17:34.56

3000 Meter Steeplechase
12. McKenna Coughlin – 10:27.68 (PR)

4x100 Meter Relay
2. Ole Miss (Henderson, Ray, B. Tate, Suleman) – 44.53

4x400 Meter Relay
4. Ole Miss (Alexander, Carbo, A. Newsome, D. Tate) – 3:41.77

High Jump
9. Jasmine Cherry – 1.66m/5-5.25
14. Juliana McIlveene – 1.61m/5-3.25

Pole Vault Invite
5. Lindsey Murray – 4.10m/13-5.25
10. Katy McAuley – 3.85m/12-7.5

Pole Vault
2. Callie Watson – 3.75m/12-3.5

Long Jump
7. Lanae Newsome – 5.89m/19-4 (PR)
16. Jayla Jones – 5.27m/17-3.5 (PR)
17. D’Lacia McKinley – 5.18m/17-0

Triple Jump
5. Lanae Newsome – 12.09m/39-8
D’Lacia McKinley – FOUL
Jayla Jones – FOUL

Hammer Throw
7. Annika Larsson – 54.18m/177-9

 

 

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