Brian Williams Leads with New School Record at LSU Invite
April 28, 2018

Final Results (PDF)

BATON ROUGE, La.
– Senior All-American thrower Brian Williams put in an excellent day’s work, breaking his own school record in the shot put and improving on his season-best in the discus to lead Ole Miss at the LSU Invite on Saturday.


Williams, the 2017 fourth-place finisher in the discus at both the NCAA Outdoor Championships (earning him First-Team All-American honors) and the USA Outdoor Championships, opened the day by nailing a one-foot season-best in the discus to win at 61.54m (201-11) – improving on his lead in the SEC that also ranks No. 3 in the East Region and No. 4 in the NCAA.


However, it would be just a couple hours later before he rewrote the Ole Miss record book for the second time this season in the shot put. Williams was the runner-up today, throwing 18.70m (61-04.25) to break his previous record by just over one inch (which was set in the outdoor season opener in Los Angeles at the Trailblazer Challenge). Williams currently ranks No. 26 in the NCAA and No. 15 in the East at that throw.


Throughout his two years as a Rebel, Williams has claimed both the indoor (19.24m/63-01.50) and outdoor shot put records, as well as the discus record at 65.13m (213-08) from 2017 – which ended the 2017 season ranked No. 5 in the United States and No. 15 worldwide.


The Rebel men’s 800-meter runners continued to impress as well, with the Ole Miss freshmen putting on yet another show. This week it was Griffin Riley and John Rivera Jr., who ended up chasing the current NCAA-leading time set by winner Devin Dixon of Texas A&M at 1:45.62. Riley finished fourth, running the 12th-fastest time in school history at 1:49.76 (35th East) – joining fellow freshman Waleed Suliman (1:47.29) as the second sub-1:50 runner this season. Rivera took sixth at a PR as well at 1:50.05 (43rd East).


Today’s performances pile on to a thoroughly impressive Rebel 800-meter squad, which owns five times under 1:51 – all five of which are owned by freshmen. Suliman, Riley and Rivera are followed by Everett Smulders (1:50.33) and Cade Bethmann (1:50.47) on the season performance list. Ole Miss entered the week ranked No. 4 in the USTFCCCA #EventSquad rankings in the men’s 800-meter with an average time of 1:49.53 among the top-four – which should move down to 1:49.36 following Riley’s performance today.


Senior Jolie Carbo had herself a day on the track as well, finishing as the top collegian in the 400-meter dash behind two professional sprinters. Carbo came within four hundredths of her PR at 52.92 for third place today, finishing behind Travia Jones (52.13) and Aiyanna Stiverne (52.27), both of Athletics Canada. Fellow senior Jasmin Allen hit the track hard in the 400 as well, finishing 12th at a PR time of 54.94.


Carbo also ran the second leg of the women’s 4x100-meter relay, which ran its third Ole Miss top-10 time of the season at 44.66 (10th all-time). The relay of Nicole Henderson, Carbo, Jeanette Paul and Shannon Ray were in a heat that included the current NCAA-leading time by LSU at 42.49 – the eighth-fastest time in NCAA history.


The men’s 4x100-meter relay of Andrew Raspo, Manny Foster, Alvin Westbrook and Courtland Barnes also had a successful day, finishing fourth at 40.52 seconds – the fastest time at Ole Miss since 2015.


Both Raspo and Westbrook posted big PRs in their individual events as well. Raspo finished 11th at a two-tenth best in the 200-meter dash at 21.43, and Westbrook ran nearly a full-second PR in the 400-meter to finish seventh at 48.00.


Ole Miss now has a week off to prepare for the SEC Outdoor Championships, which will be held at the University of Tennessee from May 11-13.


OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES


Women’s 100-Meter Dash:

9. Shannon Ray – 11.55

13. Nicole Henderson – 11.68


Women’s 200-Meter Dash:

12. Shannon Ray – 23.80

16. Nicole Henderson – 24.03


Women’s 1500-Meter:

9. Maddy Nikkel – 4:39.00

10. Chelsea Drum – 4:39.98 – PR

12. Lexi King – 4:40.52 – PR


Men’s 5K:

3. Nolan Hesse – 15:23.51


Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay:

7. Jolie Carbo, Jasmin Allen, Aisha Newsome, Mercedes Mattix – 3:40.39


Women’s Pole Vault:

7. Lindsey Murray – 4.05m (13-03.50)

Men’s Pole Vault:
6. Peyton Weissmann – 4.96m (16-03.25)


Women’s High Jump:

6. Jasmine Cherry – 1.70m (5-7) – PR


Women’s Triple Jump:

6. Lanae Newsome – 12.08m (39-07.75)


Men’s Triple Jump:

5. Fraquan Gaines – 14.31m (46-11.50)


Women’s Shot Put:

6. Shey Taiwo – 14.46m (47-05.25) – PR, 6th all-time


Women’s Discus:

4. Shey Taiwo – 45.20m (148-03)

5. Leah Klein – 42.74m (140-03)


Men’s Discus:

5. Cullen Prena – 54.60m (179-02)


Women’s Hammer:

3. Janeah Stewart – 65.18m (213-10) – top collegian

6. Shey Taiwo – 55.22m (181-02)

7. Annika Larsson – 51.82m (170-00)


Men’s Hammer:

5. Cullen Prena – 56.82m (186-05)


Women’s Javelin:

7. Alex Enright – 40.74m (133-08) – SB


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