McGuigan Punches Ticket to Eugene on Day One of NCAA East Prelims
Dempsey McGuigan (photo by Rob Foldy)
May 26, 2016

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ole Miss came out strong on the first day of the 2016 NCAA Track & Field East Preliminary, producing one NCAA Championships qualifier, one school record and eight athletes who advanced through to quarterfinals at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida.

The NCAA East Preliminary includes the top 48 athletes in each individual event and top 24 relays from the eastern half of the United States. They are all competing for the top 12 spots in each event in Jacksonville that will advance them to the June 8-11 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Dempsey McGuigan, a sophomore from London, U.K., was the first Rebel to punch his ticket to Eugene when he placed second among 48 men in the hammer throw. His mark of 69.04m/226-6 was just off his school record of 69.90m/229-4 and a full 15 feet farther than his performance in this meet last year when he finished 13th, one spot out of a trip to Eugene.

McGuigan is the first man in Ole Miss history to advance to the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw.

Junior Wesley Gallagher came agonizingly close to joining McGuigan on the Rebels' travel party for Eugene as he placed 13th in the 10,000 meters in 30:07.59. The top 12 finishers earned a berth to the national meet, and Gallagher was just 2 seconds behind the 12th-place man.

A total of eight Rebels (five men, three women) advanced through Thursday's 48-athlete preliminaries and into 24-athlete quarterfinals of various races.

In the men's 1500 meters, junior Trevor Gilley (3:45.74), sophomore Craig Engels (3:48.60) and junior Robert Domanic (3:48.75) all made it through to the next round. Gilley made it through on time, while Engels and Domanic automatically qualified by placing top five (second and fourth, respectively) in their heat.

The men's 800 meters saw a pair of Rebel seniors, Dameon Morgan and Holland Sherrer, advance to the quarterfinals. With the top three from each heat automatically moving forward, Morgan was runner-up in his heat and Sherrer was third.

Senior Britt Ummels broke her own school record in the 1500 meters to advance through to the quarterfinals. Her time of 4:19.21, ninth-fastest on the day, bettered her previous school record of 4:21.63 from last month's Virginia Challenge. Her twin sister, Bo Ummels, just barely missed a spot in the quarterfinals with her time of 4:24.29 that was 1.25 seconds from qualifying.

Both Ole Miss women in the 100 meters advanced through to the quarterfinals. Senior Khadijah Suleman finished third in a lightning-fast heat and ran the sixth-fastest time of the prelims, 11.42. Sophomore Shannon Ray advanced on time in 11.67.

Ole Miss sent a school-record 32 athletes for a school-record 33 entries into the preliminary round of the championships this week, giving the Rebels many more chances to qualify for the national meet on Friday and Saturday.

Friday Schedule for Ole Miss Athletes (all times Central):
11:00 AM - W Discus - Raven Saunders
4:00 PM - W Pole Vault - Katy McAuley, Lindsey Murray
5:30 PM - W 100m Quarterfinals - Khadijah Suleman, Shannon Ray
6:15 PM - M 800m Quarterfinals - Dameon Morgan, Holland Sherrer
7:00 PM - W 200m Prelims - Khadijah Suleman, Breanna Tate, Shannon Ray, Nicole Henderson
7:50 PM - W 3000m Steeplechase - McKenna Coughlin
8:30 PM - M 3000m Steeplechase - MJ Erb

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800 Meter Prelims
15. Dameon Morgan - 1:48.47Q
35. Holland Sherrer - 1:50.35Q

1500 Meter Prelims
13. Trevor Gilley - 3:45.74q
28. Craig Engels - 3:48.60Q
30. Robert Domanic - 3:48.75Q
35. Ryan Manahan - 3:49.46
38. Sean Tobin - 3:49.96
39. Derek Gutierrez - 3:51.26

10,000 Meters
13. Wesley Gallagher - 30:07.59
38. Mark Robertson - 31:07.88

Pole Vault
27. Barclay Angle - 5.00m/16-4.75

Hammer Throw
2. Dempsey McGuigan - 69.04m/226-6q (EUGENE)
33. Nathan Loe - 60.67m/199-0
41. Kevin Conway - 59.53m/195-3


100 Meter Prelims
6. Khadijah Suleman - 11.42Q
23. Shannon Ray - 11.67q

1500 Meter Prelims
9. Britt Ummels - 4:19.21Q (PR) (SR)
24. Bo Ummels - 4:24.29

10,000 Meters
29. Emily Bean - 35:35.57






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