Janeah Stewart Wins Shot Put at Day One of NCAA East Regional
May 24, 2018

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– Senior All-American Janeah Stewart punched her first of three potential tickets to the national meet after winning the regional title in the shot put to lead a very successful first day of the NCAA East Regional for Ole Miss on Thursday.

Stewart, one of two throwers to triple at the national meet in 2017, hurdled her first obstacle in doing so again this year after winning the shot put on her final throw of the night – concluding a long and hot day at the track for the Rebels.

The Calumet City, Illinois, native was in ninth place heading into her final throw, which had already secured her spot in Eugene two weeks from now for the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Oregon’s Hayward Field. But Stewart decided to just take the regional title for herself as well, uncorking the ninth-best throw in East Region history at 17.50m (57-05.00).

Stewart’s work this week is just beginning, however, as she has two quick turnarounds for the discus tomorrow (Friday, May 25) and then again for the hammer on Saturday morning (May 26).

Ole Miss also put through seven Rebels to quarterfinals races after running qualifying races on Thursday.

Most prolific of those races was the men’s 1500-meter, where Ole Miss qualified four to Saturday’s quarterfinal race. Senior Robert Domanic, the fastest 1500-meter runner in the United States this season, took an auto-qualifier spot by winning Heat Three at 3:50.70 – leading the final lap with a 53.73 final lap. Freshman Cade Bethmann was in the running down the stretch that same heat, but he fell short in eighth in the heat at 3:51.87.

The heat prior saw three Rebels punch their tickets to the quarterfinal in a gutsy performance led by freshman Waleed Suliman. The Rebels played a tactical race until the bell lap, when Suliman led the field with a 53.11 final lap to win the heat at 3:52.84. Senior Trevor Gilley (fourth, 3:53.07) and freshman Everett Smulders (fifth, 3:53.24) followed Suliman’s lead with a 53.71 and 54.18 over the final 400, respectively, earning the final two AQ spots in the heat.

The women’s 800-meter was unexpectedly brisk considering the temperatures on Thursday, but junior Maddie McHugh – the SEC bronze medalist in the event – still managed to snag an AQ spot in a very fast first-round.

McHugh was in the sixth and final heat, and she took the final auto-qualifier spot in third at 2:06.17. The top-four times overall on Thursday were all under 2:04, and nine of the 24 quarterfinalists ran either a season or personal best.

Senior Jolie Carbo wasn’t fazed by the heat either, clipping off the fastest 400-meter race of her career to earn the top time qualifier slot to the quarterfinal at 52.78. That time improves upon her place in fifth all-time at Ole Miss, and today it was good for fourth in Heat Five.

Fellow senior Shannon Ray was a touch more dramatic with her entry into the quarterfinals, snagging the final time qualifier spot. Ray finished fourth in the first heat at a wind-legal season-best 11.40 (+1.7), and then had to sit back for five more heats to see if her time could hang on. Ray owns a career-best 11.25 from the season-opener in Los Angeles for the Trailblazer Challenge at USC, which held an NCAA-legal (but IAAF illegal) 3.5 wind reading.

Freshman Allen Gordon competed in the long jump, but fell short of punching his ticket to Eugene in 16th place overall at 7.52m (24-08.25). Gordon isn’t done this week, though, as he still has the high jump on Saturday.

Fellow freshman John Rivera Jr. also competed in the 800-meter, finishing 45th overall at 1:51.69.

Competition resumes at 7:45 a.m. on Friday with the men’s discus.

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