Rebels Soar to Four Drake Relays Titles
Jalen Miller (photo by Joshua McCoy)
April 25, 2015

Results, Quotes, Notes, Photos

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Four Drake Relays titles and two runner-up finishes highlighted a fantastic weekend for the Ole Miss Rebels at historic Drake Stadium.

The Rebels continued their rich tradition at the Drake Relays, which celebrated its 106th year of existence this week. Ole Miss has now won at least one event title in 10 straight years and 25 overall dating back to 1983. The four titles this year are the most since the Rebels racked up five in 2010 and tied for second-most in school history.

"I thought we had another solid weekend," Rebel head coach Brian O'Neal said. "We are proud of four Drake Relays titles, and right behind that was a lot of solid efforts by a lot of people. We've been making great strides as a team the last few weekends."

Despite cold temperatures and some less-than-ideal wind and rain for a track meet, Ole Miss strung together four titles, including three on Saturday. Sophomore Jalen Miller won the men's 100 meters, senior Phillip Young captured the men's triple jump crown, and the women's 4x100-meter relay squad were victorious yet again.

Miller won the 100 meters in a season-best 10.29, which should move him up to the top 20 in the NCAA this year. The Tunica, Mississippi, native defeated the next closest finisher by .11 seconds.

"I just wanted to come out and have a good race," Miller said. "From the beginning it was a good clean start, pushing, doing what my coach told me to do, and close out the race."

Young used a third-attempt leap of 52-8.75 to win the triple jump by eight inches over the No. 2 finisher. It was a season best for the Key West, Florida, native and just shy of his Ole Miss best mark of 52-10.25. He should be top 15 in the country following this weekend's results. He also placed third in the long jump (first among NCAA jumpers) Friday with a distance of 24-6.25.

"It's a good feeling (to be a Drake Relays champion)," Young said. "I wish I could have performed a little better, but considering the conditions I'm pleased overall."

The women's 4x100-meter relay squad of Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Khadijah Suleman and Jhorden Hunter remained undefeated against college competition with another victory Saturday. Hunter ran a spectacular anchor leg to overcome Purdue and cross the line in 44.80. The squad has placed first among college teams at all six meets this season and rank seventh in the nation with a season-best time of 44.11.

"My team prepared for this so much at practice. It felt good to win," Hunter said. "I was trying to be as positive as possible and think that I am better than the circumstances, the weather and wind. To run as a team for the first time and have so much success is awesome."

Among Friday's highlights were freshman Brooke Feldmeier's win in the women's 800 meters and a runner-up finish for the Rebels' 4x200-meter relay (Mercedes Mattix, Kiannah Alexander, Breanna Tate, Deanna Tate). Thursday saw Fabia McDonald finish third overall and first among collegians in the women's heptathlon.

"The weather conditions weren't conducive to having great marks, but our kids fought hard," O'Neal said. "I'm really proud of them and their efforts."

While Miller kept the Rebels' dominance in the Drake Relays 100 meters going (Ole Miss also captured titles in 2010, 2012 and 2013), this weekend marked Ole Miss' first ever Drake Relays titles in the men's triple jump, women's 800 meters and women's 4x100-meter relay.

Redshirt-freshman Dempsey McGuigan finished runner-up in the men's hammer throw (214-0), another strong performance for the young Rebel who ranks top 20 nationally.

A trio of 800-meter runners finished fourth (Sean Tobin, 1:50.18), fifth (Dameon Morgan, 1:50.31) and sixth (Holland Sherrer, 1:50.57).

Senior Robert Semien turned in a fifth-place effort in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.94, just off his season best of 13.93.

Junior Adam Aguirre cleared an outdoor season-best 6-11.75 in the high jump to possibly move him into the top 40 in the nation.

In addition to the 4x100-meter relay, the women got other strong performances Saturday from relay members Hunter and Ray in the 100 meters. Hunter placed third in 11.72, with Ray right behind her in fourth at 11.74.

The women's shuttle hurdle relay squad of Fabia McDonald, Britany Kelly, Taryn Hartfield and Racquel Moses placed sixth in 59.63, which is the second-best time in school history.

The Rebels return to action next Saturday at the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That meet will feature nationally ranked SEC squads from LSU and Florida, among others.

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.



100 Meter Final
1. Jalen Miller -- 10.29

100 Meter Prelims
1. Jalen Miller -- 10.37Q

800 Meters
4. Sean Tobin -- 1:50.18
5. Dameon Morgan -- 1:50.31
6. Holland Sherrer -- 1:50.57

110 Meter Hurdle Final
5. Robert Semien -- 13.94

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

High Jump
6. Adam Aguirre -- 6-11.75
8. Branden Greene -- 6-9.75

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

Triple Jump
1. Phillip Young -- 52-8.75

Hammer Throw
2. Dempsey McGuigan -- 214-0
5. Nathan Loe -- 200-2
12. Kevin Conway -- 184-0


100 Meter Final
3. Jhorden Hunter -- 11.72
4. Shannon Ray -- 11.74

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 Final
1. Ole Miss (Henderson, Ray, Suleman, Hunter) -- 44.80

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

Shuttle Hurdle Relay Prelims
6. Ole Miss (McDonald, Kelly, Hartfield, Moses) -- 59.63

Triple Jump
19. Lanae Newsome -- 38-5.5

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






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