Rebel Women Win Two Titles, Lead After Day Two of SEC Championships
May 12, 2018

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.
- The Rebel women weren't messing around, winning two titles and earning three medals to propel Ole Miss to the top of the women's team standings following Day Two of the SEC Outdoor Championships on Saturday.


No. 23 Ole Miss currently holds a 50-42 lead over No. 8 Texas A&M, and 21 of those meet points came courtesy of a dominant outing from the Rebel steeplechase runners.


Senior Shelby Brown, a 2017 NCAA qualifier in the event and the SEC leader at 9:58.98 entering this weekend, looked smooth over each barrier as she won with ease at 10:05.58 - the first SEC women's steeplechase title in Ole Miss history. Brown took the lead for good over the second-to-last water barrier, as she got stronger as the race went on and held off the advance of the defending champion, Kentucky's Katy Kunc.


More impressive was Brown's ability to bring along her fellow Rebels, and freshman Lisa Vogelgesang did so with stellar confidence in her first SEC outdoor meet. Vogelgesang, already the No. 3 steepler in Ole Miss history following her first try back in April, chased down Kentucky's Kunc over the final 100 meters to earn silver medal honors and give Ole Miss a one-two punch.

Vogelgesang finished with a 16-second PR time of 10:06.00, moving her to second on the all-time list at Ole Miss, No. 8 in the East Region and No. 18 in the nation - cementing her spot at the regional meet at month's end. Additionally, the German native Vogelgesang ranks No. 2 on her country's season list and No. 14 on the all-time German under-20 list.

Also scoring was senior Hannah Christen, who finished sixth at a four-second PR of 10:27.30 - the fifth-fastest time in school history and No. 41 in the East Region.


Brown became the 10th Rebel woman to ever win an SEC title (while also winning the 11th overall SEC gold medal), but just a couple hours earlier it was senior All-American Janeah Stewart who had become just the ninth to accomplish the feat.


After having the glory of victory clutched from her in the final moments one too many times this season, Stewart left no doubt in the shot put today, winning her first-career SEC Outdoor gold medal by three feet in a dominating performance over Alabama's Portious Warren.


Stewart led wire-to-wire, topping out on her sixth and final throw of 17.97m (58-11.50), a four-inch PR that improves on her place in second all-time at Ole Miss behind Olympian Raven Saunders. She also moves into the No. 1 slot in the East Region by more than one foot and No. 4 in the NCAA - becoming one of four 58-foot throwers in the nation this season.


Stewart's win was the first SEC title for Ole Miss since Saunders took the 2016 shot put title, and it was an impressive one considering that Stewart had not thrown the shot for a month due to a hand injury. She last threw the shot at home at the Joe Walker Invite on April 14, winning at what was then a season-best 17.64m (57-10.50), but she injured her index finger on that winning throw.


Sophomore Kieshonna Brooks completed a sublime two days of competition in the heptathlon, setting a new personal best in five of the seven events en route to a historic performance. Brooks finished fifth overall at a new career-best score of 5,338 points, which ranks No. 5 all-time at Ole Miss and breaks her own national record from her native Saint Kitts and Nevis for the third time this season.


Additionally, Brooks is the first Rebel to score in the heptathlon since 2015, and she is the highest Rebel finisher since Mary Nall took fourth place in 2013. Today she took third in the long jump just two centimeters shy of her PR at 5.89m (19-04.00) for 816 points, fifth in the javelin one foot within her PR at 35.07m (115-00) for 573 points, and she ran a one-second PR in the 800-meter to close at 2:31.11 in seventh place for 679 points.


The Rebel men had a handful of scorers on Day Two as well, led by six total points in the men's steeplechase from Parker Scott (fourth, 9:00.08) and Sean Tobin (seventh, 9:07.04).


Senior All-American Brian Williams scored his 27th and 28th career SEC points following a seventh-place finish in the shot put, which took a new school record to even make the final. Williams was sitting with two fouls through his first two tries, but on the brink of elimination on his third he uncorked a seven-inch PR of 18.85m (61-10.25) to break his own school record and make the final. Williams was consistent, with his second-best of 18.81m (61-08.50) breaking a tie for seventh place to give the Rebel men two points.


His best today puts him at No. 12 on the East Region list and No. 22 in the nation overall. Williams has one event left in the men's discus tomorrow evening, in which he enters as the SEC leader at 61.54m (201-11).


Freshman Allen Gordon scored his first-career SEC points after making his way into a stacked men's long jump final. On his second attempt, Gordon sailed to an NCAA wind-legal 7.80m (25-07.25) - a seven-inch PR that earned him seventh-place overall and cements his place in the NCAA East Regional at No. 14 on the descending list. Gordon also now ranks No. 7 all-time at Ole Miss and No. 22 in the NCAA.


Gordon gained valuable experience in his first SEC long jump final, as he went up against five 26-foot jumpers - including Florida sophomore and SEC champion Grant Holloway, who recorded the NCAA's top mark this season at 8.32m (27-03.75).


Ole Miss also pushed through five different Rebels to both the men's and women's 1500-meter finals on Sunday. The men's final will feature 20 runners following a massive collision in Heat Two, but senior Robert Domanic (fourth, 3:47.09) and freshman Everett Smulders (seventh, 3:47.11) snagged auto-qualifier spots in Heat One.


It was a little more dramatic on the women's side, with senior Kat MacNeal (11th, 4:28.19) and freshman Ylva Traxler (12th, 4:28.67) taking the final two time qualifier spots into the Sunday final.


Competition at the final day of the SEC Championships begins for Ole Miss at 1:30 p.m. CT with the women's high jump and men's pole vault.


Women's Team Scores (Through Seven Events):

1. #23 Ole Miss - 50

2. #8 Texas A&M - 42

3. #9 Florida - 37

4. #15 Tennessee - 25

5. #6 Georgia - 22

5. #17 Alabama - 22

7. Auburn - 18

8. #18 Missouri - 17

9. Mississippi State - 13

10. #4 Arkansas - 11

11. South Carolina - 10

12. #5 Kentucky - 6


Men's Team Scores (Through Seven Events):

1. #8 Arkansas - 39

2. #5 Texas A&M - 35

3. #1 Florida - 34

4. #3 Alabama - 33

5. #6 Georgia - 30

6. Auburn - 18

7. #13 Kentucky - 18

8. #20 Mississippi State - 16
9. Tennessee - 15
10. South Carolina - 11
10. Ole Miss - 11
12. Missouri - 6

12. #12 LSU - 6


Day Two Finals Qualifiers:

Robert Domanic - Men's 1500-Meter

Kat MacNeal - Women's 1500-Meter

Everett Smulders - Men's 1500-Meter

Ylva Traxler - Women's 1500-Meter


Day Two Medalists:

Shelby Brown - Women's 3000-Meter Steeplechase, Gold Medal

Janeah Stewart - Women's Shot Put, Gold Medal

Lisa Vogelgesang - Women's 3000-Meter Steeplechase, Silver Medal


Other Day Two Scorers:

Parker Scott - Men's 3000-Meter Steeplechase, 4th Place

Kieshonna Brooks - Women's Heptathlon, 5th Place

Hannah Christen - Women's 3000-Meter Steeplechase, 6th Place

Allen Gordon - Men's Long Jump, 7th Place

Sean Tobin - Men's 3000-Meter Steeplechase, 7th Place

Brian Williams - Men's Shot Put, 7th Place


Day One Finals Qualifiers:

Cade Bethmann - Men's 800-Meter

Maddie McHugh - Women's 800-Meter

Waleed Suliman - Men's 800-Meter


Day One Medalists:

Janeah Stewart - Women's Hammer, Silver Medal


Other Day One Scorers:

Nicole Rice - Women's 10K, 6th Place

Kendall Chavarria - Women's Hammer, 7th Place

Emily Bean - Women's 10K, 8th Place

Annika Larsson - Women's Hammer, 8th Place


OTHER REBELS IN DAY TWO COMPETITION:


Women's 100-Meter Dash Prelims:

18. Shannon Ray - 11.52

27. Nicole Henderson - 11.77


Men's 100-Meter Dash Prelims:

23. Andrew Raspo - 10.68


Women's 400-Meter Dash Prelims:

11. Jolie Carbo - 53.59

23. Orianna Shaw - 55.38

25. Mercedes Mattix - 55.54

27. Jasmin Allen - 55.83

28. Aisha Newsome - 55.86


Men's 400-Meter Dash Prelims:

27. Alvin Westbrook - 49.64

Men's 1500-Meter:
16. Trevor Gilley - 3:54.27


Women's 100-Meter Hurdles:

14. Jeanette Paul - 13.68 (+1.3) - PR, 6th all-time


Men's 3000-Meter Steeplechase:

10. Brandon Harvey - 9:14.27


Women's Long Jump:

17. Kaira Simmons - 5.87m (19-03.25)

20. Lanae Newsome - 5.65m (18-06.50)


Women's Shot Put:

14. Shey Taiwo - 13.36m (43-10.00)


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