Ole Miss Earns 10 Total NCAA Berths at East Preliminary
Janeah Stewart qualified for NCAAs in three different events.
May 27, 2017

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The nationally ranked Ole Miss men and women finished strong on the third and final day of the NCAA East Preliminary with five more qualifiers advancing through to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Over three days at the University of Kentucky’s track & field complex, a total of 11 Ole Miss athletes qualified for the national outdoor meet in nine different events. The 10 qualifying entries is tied for fourth-most in school history.

In order to advance through Lexington to the June 7-10 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, athletes or relays had to place top 12 out of 48 individuals (or 24 relays) in their events. 

The Ole Miss women had seven athletes qualify for Nationals, while the men had four. Below is a breakdown of qualifying athletes and their events. 

Shelby Brown – 3000m Steeplechase – 10:06.67
Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Deanna Tate, Breanna Tate – 4x100m Relay – 43.84
Raven Saunders – Shot Put – 18.04m/59-2.25
Janeah Stewart – Shot Put – 17.42m/57-2
Janeah Stewart – Discus – 55.10m/180-9
Janeah Stewart – Hammer Throw – 59.31m/194-7

Craig Engels – 1500m – 3:56.20
MJ Erb – 3000m Steeplechase – 8:36.93
Brian Williams – Discus – 61.00m/200-1
Dempsey McGuigan – Hammer Throw – 68.57m/224-11

After punching three tickets over the first two days of the meet, the 22nd-ranked women added three more qualifiers Saturday.

The 4x100-meter relay squad of Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Deanna Tate and Breanna Tate clocked a huge season best of 43.84 to advance to Eugene. That ranks the unit No. 2 in school history. It’s the third straight year Ole Miss has made it to nationals in the event, with Henderson and Ray making it all three times. Breanna Tate was on the squad last year, while Deanna Tate, her twin sister, will make her NCAA Championships debut.

Two-time defending NCAA outdoor shot put champion Raven Saunders qualified with the top prelim mark of 18.04m/59-2.25. The junior from Charleston, South Carolina, also owns the top mark in the nation this season of 18.51m/60-8.75.

Junior Janeah Stewart, in her first Division I season after transferring from Iowa Central Community College, accomplished quite the feat this weekend. After qualifying in the hammer throw Thursday and discus Friday, she added an NCAA berth in the shot put Saturday (fourth-best mark of the day – 17.42m/57-2) to go a perfect 3-for-3. An average of one woman in the NCAA has accomplished that feat over the last four years.

For the 12th-ranked Ole Miss men, top seed Craig Engels won his heat of the 1500 meters to automatically advance to Eugene. The senior from Pfafftown, North Carolina, will make an NCAA outdoor appearance for the third straight year, having qualified in the 800 in 2015 and 1500 last year.

Top-seeded discus thrower Brian Williams also punched his ticket Saturday, placing fourth with a throw of 61.00m/200-1. In his first year at this level after transferring from Iowa Central Community College, Williams owns the top discus throw in the NCAA this year with a school-record 65.13m/213-8 at the SEC Championships.

Close calls on Saturday included the women’s 4x400-meter relay squad of Aisha Newsome, Jolie Carbo, Jasmin Allen and Mercedes Mattix in 15th (season-best 3:38.05 – No. 9 in school history) and senior Mary Alex England in 17th in the 5000 meters (16:35.93).

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5000 Meters Semifinals
17. Mary Alex England – 16:35.93
35. Hannah Christen – 17:13.57

4x100 Meter Relay Quarterfinals
9. Ole Miss (Henderson, Ray, D. Tate, B. Tate) – 43.84Q (SB) (EUGENE)

4x400 Meter Relay Quarterfinals
15. Ole Miss (A. Newsome, Carbo, Allen, Mattix) – 3:38.05 (SB)

Shot Put
1. Raven Saunders – 18.04m/59-2.25q (EUGENE)
4. Janeah Stewart – 17.42m/57-2q (EUGENE)


1500 Meters Quarterfinals
14. Craig Engels – 3:56.20Q (EUGENE)
24. Parker Scott – 3:59.03

5000 Meters Semifinals
37. Wesley Gallagher – 14:53.94

4. Brian Williams – 61.00m/200-1q (EUGENE)
30. Kevin Conway – 53.16m/174-5






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