Feldmeier Wins 800m Title at SEC Outdoor Championships
Brooke Feldmeier is all smiles as she crosses the line first for an SEC title. (photo by Joshua McCoy)
May 16, 2015

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STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Highlighted by freshman Brooke Feldmeier's conference title in the women's 800 meters, Ole Miss showed it can compete with the cream of the crop in collegiate track and field at the 2015 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships.

Competing Thursday-Saturday amid thunderstorms that created multiple delays at the Mike Sanders Track & Field Complex on the Mississippi State campus, the Rebel men placed seventh in the team standing with 53 points, while the women were 12th with 21 points. For perspective, the SEC currently boasts nine of the top 25 teams in the nation on both the men's and women's sides.

"We came in here and fought the good fight," Rebel head coach Brian O'Neal said. "My heart aches for our team. They've put in a lot of work. They competed their butts off, and there's a reason why this league is the premier league in track and field. There's a reason why those teams are ranked as high as they're ranked, because they're good. As we continue on our path of building a championship program here, it was imperative to get some scoring opportunities and show that we could compete in this league. Unfortunately for us we had too many opportunities where we were on the bottom end instead of the top."

Feldmeier, who had already burst onto the scene as an indoor All-American, became the first Ole Miss freshman woman to ever win an SEC title when she came from way behind to cross first in the 800 in 2:04.44. Showing off what is becoming her signature late kick, Feldmeier made up about five spots to defeat a loaded field of runners en route to the Rebels' first ever women's 800 title. The Olympia, Washington, native is ranked 12th in the country this year.

"The thing I love about Brooke is she loves to compete," O'Neal said. "The bigger the stage, the more confidence she has that she can compete on this level. She came in at the beginning of the year after having the hamstring injury that limited her outdoor last season; then she had mono and had to sit out six weeks in the fall. To come in and have the season she's had so far speaks not only to her talent level but the work she puts in. She's an incredibly hard worker both on and off the track as a model student-athlete. We're proud to have her as the face of our women's program."

The men were led by Jalen Miller's runner-up finish in the 100 meters. The indoor 60-meter champion missed a second league title by .007 of a second, running a lifetime best 10.12 that ranks him third in school history and top 15 in the NCAA this year.

"Jalen's a true champion through and through," O'Neal said. "Today he just eased up a little at the line, but that's a teachable moment. He's going to be in more and more of those situations. But he understood. It was a great weekend for him with multiple PBs, and we're looking forward to seeing where he is this next month."

The Rebels racked up on points in the men's 1500 with four scorers who finished top eight. Sophomore Craig Engels earned a bronze medal with a time of 3:45.37, followed by sophomore Robert Domanic in fourth (3:45.65), sophomore Trevor Gilley in seventh (3:46.62) and sophomore Sean Tobin in eighth (3:47.43). The quartet netted 14 team points for the Rebels. It was the second straight year that Domanic, Gilley and Tobin scored points in the event.

Senior Robert Semien scored points in the 110-meter hurdles for the second time in his career, placing sixth in a personal-best 13.73. He remains fourth-best in school history and moves into the top 25 in the NCAA this year.

For the second straight year, senior Phillip Young earned points in both the long jump and triple jump at SEC Outdoors. After placing fifth in the long jump Friday, he finished sixth in the triple jump Saturday with a mark of 52-4.75. By himself, he earned seven total points for the team this weekend.

Junior Adam Aguirre placed fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 6-10.25. It was a tough day for the SEC high jumpers, who were dealing with driving rain and two different delays during the competition. Only one jumper cleared 7-0, and Aguirre was one of just six to clear 6-10.25.

Sophomore Kevin Conway had a career day in the discus, placing sixth with a personal-best throw of 175-0 that moved him up to fourth in the school record books and a likely spot at the NCAA East Preliminary in Jacksonville, Florida.

Junior Holland Sherrer also scored points for the second straight year, placing eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:48.87. His prelim time of 1:47.47 on Thursday earned him the No. 4 spot in school history and a qualifying time for this summer's USA Championships.

The men's 4x100 relay squad of Quintavius Burdette, Semien, Darryl Brown and Miller won their heat and finished seventh overall with a season-best time of 39.62. That time ranks them 12th in the NCAA this year and a favorable seed at the upcoming NCAA East Prelims.

Earlier in the meet, redshirt-freshman Dempsey McGuigan finished runner-up in the hammer throw with a school-record toss of 219-6.

"Very proud of Dempsey coming through with big points in the hammer," O'Neal said. "We knew he had a chance to put up a big mark this weekend. He loves being an Ole Miss Rebel and competing for the Red and Blue."

In addition to Feldmeier's victory in the 800, the women got other scores from the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and freshman Shannon Ray in the 100 on Saturday.

The 4x100 squad of Nicole Henderson, Ray, Khadijah Suleman and Breanna Tate placed sixth with a time of 44.35. Tate replaced injured Jhorden Hunter for the anchor leg, and this new unit's time ranks second in school history behind the other unit's school-record 43.80 earlier this year.

The 4x400 squad of Kiannah Alexander, Deanna Tate, Mercedes Mattix and Feldmeier clocked a season-best time of 3:35.90 that also placed sixth in the SEC. They move up to the No. 5 spot in school history and top 25 in the nation this year, which will earn them a berth to the NCAA East Prelims.

Ray, in her first SEC outdoor meet, finished eighth in the 100 with a time of 11.77. Her prelim time of 11.32 Friday ranks her second in school history and top 15 in the nation this year. She was the first Rebel woman to make the SEC 100 final since Willisa Heintz in 2002.

Earlier in the meet, senior Fabia McDonald and freshman Brittany Kelly both scored points in the heptathlon. McDonald will compete at the national meet next month in Eugene, Oregon, and Kelly might also qualify by ranking top 24 in the country.

"We had a lot of new faces shine for us this weekend," O'Neal said. "We have to build on that and get ready to go to Jacksonville. I think we learned a lot about ourselves this year. Overcoming adversity and learning we can compete in this league and believing in ourselves. For that, I'm extremely proud of those young men and women. There's no group I'd rather be around and build this team around than this group."

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.

STUDENT-ATHLETE QUOTES

Brooke Feldmeier -- Women's 800 Meter Champion

On winning an SEC title...
"I'm in shock. It's amazing. I'm so excited. It's the best win I've ever had."

On her dramatic comeback over the last 200 meters...
"I just told myself I wanted to win. I came here to win, so I found a way to win."

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS

MEN

1. Florida -- 130.5
2. Arkansas -- 95
2. Texas A&M -- 95
4. LSU -- 92
5. Georgia -- 71.5
6. Kentucky -- 58
7. Ole Miss -- 53
8. Mississippi State -- 52
9. Alabama -- 47.5
10. Auburn -- 40
11. South Carolina -- 36
12. Tennessee -- 28.5
13. Missouri -- 20

WOMEN

1. Arkansas -- 127.5
2. Texas A&M -- 104
3. Kentucky -- 99
4. LSU -- 84
5. Florida -- 83
6. Georgia -- 64
7. Alabama -- 55.5
8. Mississippi State -- 51
9. Missouri -- 42.66
10. Auburn -- 28
11. Vanderbilt -- 25.33
12. Ole Miss -- 21
13. South Carolina -- 19
14. Tennessee -- 15

COMPLETE AGATE

MEN

100 Meter Final
2. Jalen Miller -- 10.12 (8 points)

100 Meter Prelims
3. Jalen Miller -- 10.13Q

200 Meter Final
9. Jalen Miller -- 20.98

200 Meter Prelims
3. Jalen Miller -- 20.86Q

800 Meter Final
8. Holland Sherrer -- 1:48.87 (1 point)

800 Meter Prelims
6. Holland Sherrer -- 1:47.47q
14. Dameon Morgan -- 1:48.93

1500 Meter Final
3. Craig Engels -- 3:45.37 (6 points)
4. Robert Domanic -- 3:45.65 (5 points)
7. Trevor Gilley -- 3:46.62 (2 points)
8. Sean Tobin -- 3:47.43 (1 point)
10. Derek Gutierrez -- 3:52.62

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

5000 Meters
9. Sean Tobin -- 14:19.45
10. Craig Engels -- 14:20.27
11. Robert Domanic -- 14:23.36
23. Trevor Gilley -- 14:48.25
Derek Gutierrez -- DNF

10,000 Meters
14. Mark Robertson -- 31.27.03

110 Meter Hurdle Final
6. Robert Semien -- 13.73 (3 points)

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

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

4x100 Meter Relay
7. Ole Miss (Burdette, Semien, Brown, Miller) -- 39.62 (2 points)

4x400 Meter Relay
10. Ole Miss (Morgan, Sherrer, Branch, Brown) -- 3:19.26

High Jump
4. Adam Aguirre -- 6-10.25 (5 points)
11. Branden Greene -- 6-8.25
Malcolm Davis -- NH

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

Triple Jump
6. Phillip Young -- 52-4.75 (3 points)

Discus
6. Kevin Conway -- 175-0 (3 points)

Hammer Throw
2. Dempsey McGuigan -- 219-6 (SR) (8 points)
7. Nathan Loe -- 210-10 (2 points)
11. Kevin Conway -- 195-11

Decathlon
15. Peyton Moss -- 6,164

WOMEN

100 Meter Final
8. Shannon Ray -- 11.77 (1 point)

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

800 Meter Final
1. Brooke Feldmeier -- 2:04.44 (10 points)

800 Meter Prelims
8. Brooke Feldmeier -- 2:06.88Q

1500 Meter Final
Britt Ummels -- DNF

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

5000 Meters
13. Bo Ummels -- 16:51.92
20. Emily Bean -- 17:03.48
23. Shelby Brown -- 17:05.38
31. McKenna Coughlin -- 17:22.14
37. Elisabeth Gaillet -- 17:51.93
40. Katherine MacNeal -- 18:07.77
41. Madison Rawson -- 18:10.36

10,000 Meters
14. Elisabeth Gaillet -- 36:59.50
Mary Alex England -- DNF

100 Meter Hurdle Prelims
19. Taryn Hartfield -- 14.09

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

4x100 Meter Relay
6. Ole Miss (Henderson, Ray, Suleman, B. Tate) -- 44.35 (3 points)

4x400 Meter Relay
6. Ole Miss (Alexander, D. Tate, Mattix, Feldmeier) -- 3:35.90

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

Triple Jump
Lanae Newsome -- FOUL

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


 

 

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