Feldmeier Wins Drake Relays 800m Title
Brooke Feldmeier (photo by Joshua McCoy)
April 24, 2015

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Ole Miss has had a rich tradition of success at the Drake Relays, and freshman Brooke Feldmeier kept an impressive streak alive with her title in the 800 meters Friday.

Feldmeier, from Olympia, Washington, claimed the university division 800-meter title in 2:05.96 to make it 10 straight years that Ole Miss has boasted one or more Drake Relays champions. She claimed the school's 22nd title in school history, dating back to 1983.

"It's awesome. It's super exciting," Feldmeier said of her success at historic Drake Stadium. "There's a lot of people, so I think it just gets you pumped up. I just wanted to be the best there is and I wanted to prove that to my school and make everyone happy."

It was an impressive follow-up to Feldmeier's school record of 2:05.29 from last week's Virginia Challenge that earned her SEC Freshman of the Week accolades.

Junior Racquel Moses turned in a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles, running 59.33 to finish in sixth place and move up to No. 5 in school history.

In an event that is not contested at the league or national championships, the Rebel women were runner-up in the 4x200-meter relay. The quartet of Mercedes Mattix, Kiannah Alexander, Breanna Tate and Deanna Tate clocked a 1:36.80.

On the men's side, senior Phillip Young used a big last attempt to finish third in the long jump (first among NCAA competitors) with a mark of 24-6.25.

Running in cool temperatures and rainy skies for much of the day, Ole Miss did quite well in the preliminaries of the short sprints and relays.

The women's 4x100-meter relay squad of Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Khadijah Suleman and Jhorden Hunter kept their undefeated (against college competition) season going with the top prelim time of 44.72, out of 22 universities.

Hunter and Ray also qualified for the 100-meter final with their prelim times of 11.67 and 11.69, respectively.

For the men, sophomore Jalen Miller was sensational once again, clocking a 10.37 to top all 24 runners in the 100-meter prelims.

Senior Robert Semien was the third-fastest qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.16.

Senior Fabia McDonald and freshman Brittany Kelly got things started early on Wednesday and Thursday with strong showings in the women's heptathlon. McDonald finished third with 5,707 points, and Kelly was fifth with 5,074. They placed first and third, respectively, among collegians. McDonald's score was just shy of her school record 5,736 from only six days prior. She now owns the best two heptathlon scores in school history. Kelly moved up to No. 6 in the record books with her personal-best effort.

Within the heptathlon events, McDonald was the top finisher in the high jump (season-best 5-7.75) and long jump (19-7.5), while Kelly was runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.77 that ties her for No. 6 in the school record books.

Another full day of events will take place Saturday, the final day of the 106th Drake Relays. In addition to the finals for which the Rebels qualified on Friday, other marquee events include the shuttle hurdle, sprint medley and distance medley relays, the men's steeplechase, men's 800 meters, men's 1500 meters, men's and women's triple jump, men's high jump and men's hammer throw.

Live broadcast on USATF.tv will be 12:30-2 p.m. CT, followed by live coverage on NBC Sports Network at 2 p.m.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissTrack and on Facebook at Ole Miss Track. And follow Coach O'Neal at @CoachBrianOneal.

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100 Meter Prelims
1. Jalen Miller -- 10.37Q

110 Meter Hurdle Prelims
3. Robert Semien -- 14.16q

4x100 Meter Relay Prelims
11. Ole Miss (Lowe, Brown, Branch, Semien) -- 40.75

4x200 Meter Relay
10. Ole Miss (Brown, Semien, Burdette, Miller) -- 1:26.36

Long Jump
3. Phillip Young -- 24-6.25
23. Malcolm Davis -- 20-5.25

WOMEN

100 Meter Prelims
4. Jhorden Hunter -- 11.67q
5. Shannon Ray -- 11.69Q
10. Khadijah Suleman -- 11.86
14. Nicole Henderson -- 11.93
18. Breanna Tate -- 12.02

800 Meters
1. Brooke Feldmeier -- 2:05.96

100 Meter Hurdle Prelims
20. Taryn Hartfield -- 14.52

400 Meter Hurdles
6. Racquel Moses -- 59.33

4x100 Meter Relay Prelims
1. Ole Miss (Henderson, Ray, Suleman, Hunter) -- 44.72Q

4x200 Meter Relay
2. Ole Miss (Mattix, Alexander, B. Tate, D. Tate) -- 1:36.80

4x400 Meter Relay Prelims
10. Ole Miss (Alexander, B. Tate, Carbo, Mattix) -- 3:41.16

Heptathlon
3. Fabia McDonald -- 5,707
5. Brittany Kelly -- 5,074

 

 

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