Qualifiers Galore for Ole Miss at SEC Outdoors Friday
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May 15, 2015

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STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Strong preliminary performances from numerous athletes Friday have positioned Ole Miss for some great scoring opportunities on championship Saturday at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Through all preliminaries held Thursday and Friday, the Ole Miss men collected nine qualifiers for Saturday's finals, while the women have three finalists. That gives the men an especially good chance of moving up the standings. They sit in ninth place at the end of day two with 14 points.

"We had a lot of opportunities to score today, and we took advantage of those," Rebel head coach Brian O'Neal said. "We have to get back to the hotel and rest up. We understand the challenge for us tomorrow, but we're excited to go out there and compete with passion and pride for Rebel Nation."

Senior Phillip Young earned fifth place in the long jump for the second straight year. He used a first-attempt leap of 24-11 to garner four team points for the Rebels. That distance was just short of his season and personal best of 25-0.75.

Ole Miss will be represented by a whopping five runners in Saturday's 12-man final of the 1,500 meters. Advancing through the prelims were Sean Tobin (3:45.05), Trevor Gilley (3:45.77), Craig Engels (3:45.90), Robert Domanic (3:45.90) and Derek Gutierrez (3:47.64). Ole Miss could earn big points in the event for the second straight year. Last season, Domanic was runner-up, Tobin was fourth and Gilley was eighth (when all three were freshmen).

Sophomore Jalen Miller qualified for his second final with a sensational 100-meter run Friday. He clocked a personal-best time of 10.13 that moves him up to a tie for No. 3 in school history and into the top 15 nationally this year. On Thursday, he qualified in the 200 meters with a season-best 20.86. He's also slated to run the anchor leg for the 4x100-meter relay team.

Senior Robert Semien advanced to the final at 110-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 13.87. He makes the SEC final for the second time in his career, having placed fourth in 2013.

The Ole Miss women got their first points of the meet Friday with a pair of scorers in the heptathlon. Senior Fabia McDonald placed sixth with 5,708 points, just shy of her school-record 5,736 from earlier this year. Brittany Kelly, only a freshman, posted a personal best in all seven events of the competition on her way to a score of 5,531 that moves her up to No. 4 in school history and 21st in the NCAA this year. Among those was a 13.70 in the 100-meter hurdles (5th in school history), 5-9.25 in the high jump (6th in school history) and 2:11.95 in the 800 meters (14th in school history). Kelly is now the best heptathlete in school annuls in the 100-meter hurdles and 800 meters.

Freshman Shannon Ray qualified for the final at 100 meters with a personal-best time of 11.32 that moves her into the top 15 in the nation this year. She remains No. 2 in school history. She's the first Ole Miss woman to make the 100-meter SEC final since Willisa Heintz in 2002.

Junior Britt Ummels advanced in the 1500 meters with her personal-best time of 4:27.01 in the prelims. She remains third in school history.

Here are the events in which Ole Miss will compete on championship Saturday:

1 p.m. -- Men's triple jump (Phillip Young)
1 p.m. -- Women's triple jump (Lanae Newsome)
3 p.m. -- Men's 4x100m relay
3:10 p.m. -- Women's 4x100m relay
3:20 p.m. -- Men's 1500m (Sean Tobin, Trevor Gilley, Craig Engels, Robert Domanic, Derek Gutierrez)
3:30 p.m. -- Women's 1500m (Britt Ummels)
3:40 p.m. -- Men's 110m hurdles (Robert Semien)
4 p.m. -- Men's high jump (Branden Greene, Adam Aguirre, Malcolm Davis)
4:20 p.m. -- Men's 100m (Jalen Miller)
4:30 p.m. -- Women's 100m (Shannon Ray)
4:40 p.m. -- Men's 800m (Holland Sherrer)
4:50 p.m. -- Women's 800m (Brooke Feldmeier)
5:20 p.m. -- Men's 200m (Miller)
5:40 p.m. -- Men's 5000m (Tobin, Gilley, Engels, Domanic, Gutierrez, Mark Robertson)
6 p.m. -- Women's 5000m (Elisabeth Gaillet, Emily Bean, Shelby Brown, Madison Rawson, Ummels, Katherine MacNeal, McKenna Coughlin, Mary Alex England)
6:25 p.m. -- Men's 4x400m relay
6:35 p.m. -- Women's 4x400m relay

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



100 Meter Prelims
3. Jalen Miller -- 10.13Q

1500 Meter Prelims
3. Sean Tobin -- 3:45.05Q
6. Trevor Gilley -- 3:45.77q
7. Craig Engels -- 3:45.90Q
8. Robert Domanic -- 3:45.90Q
12. Derek Gutierrez -- 3:47.64q
18. Brandon Harvey -- 3:53.20

110 Meter Hurdle Prelims
7. Robert Semien -- 13.87q

3,000-Meter Steeplechase
17. Abraham Merinar -- 10:18.19

Long Jump
5. Phillip Young -- 24-11 (4 points)
12. Malcolm Davis -- 23-10.75
14. Branden Greene -- 23-9.5

15. Peyton Moss -- 6,164


100 Meter Prelims
8. Shannon Ray -- 11.32q
15. Khadijah Suleman -- 11.52
21. Nicole Henderson -- 11.73
25. Breanna Tate -- 11.82
Jhorden Hunter -- DNF

400 Meter Prelims
15. Deanna Tate -- 54.74
16. Kiannah Alexander -- 54.81
20. Mercedes Mattix -- 55.41
27. Jolie Carbo -- 57.45

1500 Meter Prelims
11. Britt Ummels -- 4:27.01q
21. Bo Ummels -- 4:35.77
29. Katherine MacNeal -- 4:41.68
30. Shelby Brown -- 4:42.75

100 Meter Hurdle Prelims
19. Taryn Hartfield -- 14.09

3,000-Meter Steeplechase
13. McKenna Coughlin -- 10:51.69

Long Jump
14. Kierra White -- 19-5.5
21. Lanae Newsome -- 17-8.25

6. Fabia McDonald -- 5,708 (3 points)
8. Brittany Kelly -- 5,531 (1 point)






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