Lindsey Murray (photo by Tyler Wooten)
April 30, 2016
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Despite rainy and windy conditions at the Memphis Invitational track & field meet on Saturday, the No. 20 Ole Miss men and No. 24 Ole Miss women came away with two school records and seven event victories among several brilliant performances.
Even without the team's top men's and women's distance runners who will compete in Stanford, California, on Sunday, Ole Miss racked up the two school records and a total of 13 personal-best efforts on the day.
Sophomore Dempsey McGuigan broke his own school record (for the sixth time!) in the men's hammer throw with a personal-best heave of 69.90m/229-4 to win the event in dominant fashion, defeating the No. 2 thrower by more than five meters. The London, U.K., native ranks eighth in the NCAA.
Sophomore Lindsey Murray jumped into the top 10 nationally in the women's pole vault with her personal-best clearance of 4.34m/14-2.75 to finish runner-up at the meet and break her own school record by almost five inches. A native of Harrisburg, Illinois, Murray is the only Ole Miss female vaulter to clear 14 feet, and has done so both indoors and outdoors.
"It's always good when we break school records and set personal bests," said first-year head coach Connie Price-Smith. "We will take next week off to rest and catch a breath, and then we're off to SECs in Tuscaloosa."
Other highlights for the No. 20 Ole Miss men included senior Branden Greene jumping a season-best 2.14m/7-0.25 to place third in the high jump and personal-best pole vaults by junior Barclay Angle (4.86m/15-11.25, No. 8 in school history) and junior Peyton Moss (4.56m/14-11.5). Senior Nathan Loe placed third in the hammer throw with a strong effort of 63.80m/209-4.
The 24th-ranked women produced six of the Rebels' seven total event victories on the day.
Senior Khadijah Suleman was a part of three victories, as she won the 100 meters (11.44), 200 meters (23.59) and anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay (44.69) that also included Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray and Breanna Tate.
Ole Miss went 1-2-3 in the 100, with Ray (11.59) and Henderson (PR 11.72) coming in behind Suleman.
Sophomore Raven Saunders won the shot put (18.33m/60-1.75) and discus (53.56m/175-8) competitions. She was her usual dominant self in the shot put, where she defeated the runner-up by more than five feet. She continues to lead the NCAA with her school-record shot put of 18.75m/61-6.25 that ranks her No. 7 in NCAA outdoor history and top five in the world this year.
The Rebels also secured a victory in the 4x400-meter relay, as the quartet of Kiannah Alexander, Jolie Carbo, Aisha Newsome and Deanna Tate ran 3:40.21.
Other notable personal bests included redshirt-freshman Katy McAuley's pole vault of 4.04m/13-3 (No. 3 in school history), freshman Annika Larsson's hammer throw of 55.09m/180-9 (No. 3 in school history), sophomore Carbo's 400-meter time of 54.93 (No. 13 in school history), freshman Alex Enright's javelin throw of 38.90m/127-7 (No. 12 in school history) and freshman Maddie McHugh's 1500-meter time of 4:34.35.
Volunteer assistant coach Gwen Berry had the best day of her throwing career, winning the hammer throw with a personal-best and world-leading heave of 75.11m/246-5. She had ranked fifth in the world entering the weekend.
"All in all, we had some pretty good performances today at Memphis," Price-Smith said. "It shows us that we are on the right track. The athletes are starting to look sharp, which is what we want to see as we get ready for the SEC Championships in two weeks."
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6. Darryl Brown - 10.71
14. Carl Lowe - 11.30
3. Darryl Brown - 21.38
22. Carl Lowe - 23.35
12. Abraham Merinar - 4:05.17
400 Meter Hurdles
14. D'Marcus Barnes - 1:02.27 (PR)
3000 Meter Steeplechase
Abraham Merinar - DNF
3. Branden Greene - 2.14m/7-0.25
4. Barclay Angle - 4.86m/15-11.25 (PR)
6. Peyton Moss - 4.56m/14-11.5 (PR)
5. Kevin Conway - 50.30m/165-0
Peyton Moss - FOUL
1. Dempsey McGuigan - 69.90m/229-4 (PR) (SR)
3. Nathan Loe - 63.80m/209-4
5. Kevin Conway - 59.99m/196-10
1. Khadijah Suleman - 11.44
2. Shannon Ray - 11.59
3. Nicole Henderson - 11.72 (PR)
5. Breanna Tate - 11.78
16. Porsha Shirley - 12.23
1. Khadijah Suleman - 23.59
3. Shannon Ray - 23.86
4. Breanna Tate - 23.88
5. Nicole Henderson - 24.03
16. Porsha Shirley - 25.27
2. Jolie Carbo - 54.93 (PR)
6. Kiannah Alexander - 55.54
9. Deanna Tate - 55.80
10. Mercedes Mattix - 56.38
11. Aisha Newsome - 56.40
3. Taylor Corder - 2:09.73
6. Leanne Zimmer - 2:10.56
Maddie McHugh - DNF
2. Maddie McHugh - 4:34.35 (PR)
4. Elisabeth Gaillet - 4:39.91
5. Maddy Nikkel - 4:40.80
6. Haley Ward - 4:40.99 (PR)
8. Saga Barzowski - 4:42.70
10. Tavyn Lovitt - 4:43.16
21. Scarlett Fox - 4:56.36
Taylor Corder - DNF
1. Ole Miss (Henderson, Ray, B. Tate, Suleman) - 44.69
1. Ole Miss (Alexander, Carbo, A. Newsome, D. Tate) - 3:40.21
7. Juliana McIlveene - 1.57m/5-1.75
Jasmine Cherry - NH
Arielle Wallace - NH
2. Lindsey Murray - 4.34m/14-2.75 (PR) (SR)
4. Katy McAuley - 4.04m/13-3 (PR)
Callie Watson - NH
6. Lanae Newsome - 5.77m/18-11.25
11. Kyla Lewis - 5.57m/18-3.25 (PR)
15. D'Lacia McKinley - 5.41m/17-9
18. Jayla Jones - 5.24m/17-2.25
19. Arielle Wallace - 5.23m/17-2
6. Lanae Newsome - 12.29m/40-4
Jayla Jones - FOUL
D'Lacia McKinley - FOUL
1. Raven Saunders - 18.33m/60-1.75
1. Raven Saunders - 53.56m/175-8
5. Annika Larsson - 55.09m/180-9 (PR)
8. Raven Saunders - 52.52m/172-3
3. Alex Enright - 38.90m/127-7 (PR)