Six More Rebels Qualify for NCAA Championships Friday
Brooke Feldmeier (photo by Joshua McCoy)
May 29, 2015

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Six more Ole Miss Rebels qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday with stellar performances at the NCAA East Preliminary.

Competing at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium, Ole Miss athletes had some close calls that went in their favor and others that did not as the top 12 finishers in each event moved on to Eugene, Oregon for the June 10-13 NCAA Outdoors.

Advancing to Eugene for the Rebel men Friday were Jalen Miller (100m), Craig Engels (800m), Holland Sherrer (800m), Branden Greene (high jump) and Adam Aguirre (high jump). For the women, Brooke Feldmeier (800m) broke her own school record while qualifying for the national meet.

These six join previous qualifiers Fabia McDonald and Brittany Kelly in the women's heptathlon, giving the Rebels a total of eight entrants so far heading into Saturday's final day of the East Prelims.

"Obviously it's the NCAA Championships and we know the challenge of competing for national championships," said head coach Brian O'Neal, who would like to see the Rebels match the school record for NCAA entrants of 13 set in 2011. "We charged our team to go out and perform at their best and match the intensity of all the competitors in the events. We definitely want to leave it all out on the track, and I think we've done that over our first two days. We've talked all year about finishing. Tomorrow we get another opportunity to finish well."

Miller advanced to his second straight NCAA Outdoor Championships and fourth straight national meet overall by virtue of placing third in his heat of the 100 meters with a time of 10.35. That was the seventh-best time of the quarterfinals for the 2015 SEC runner-up. The sophomore from Tunica, Mississippi, is also expected to run anchor leg for the 4x100-meter relay Saturday.

Engels, another sophomore, qualified with the third-fastest 800-meter time of the quarterfinals at 1:47.16. The NC State transfer will make his first NCAA Championships appearance.

Sherrer, a junior from Deerfield, New Jersey, earned the 12th and final qualifying spot in the 800, running 1:47.74 that was just shy of his personal best of 1:47.47 from the SEC Championships. He will also make his first career NCAA appearance.

Engels and Sherrer are the first Rebel men to qualify for NCAA Outdoors in the 800 since national champion George Kersh in 1991.

Greene and Aguirre, both in their first year at Ole Miss after transferring from junior colleges in California, made nationals in the high jump to continue a fine tradition established by Ricky Robertson over the previous five years.

Greene was one of seven men in Jacksonville to clear 6-11.75 with no misses, while Aguirre earned his berth in a more difficult fashion. Aguirre was tied with two other jumpers at 6-10.25 for the 12th and final spot, which sent them to a "sudden death" jump-off. Aguirre cleared 6-11.75 and the other two missed, giving the Rebels two men in the event in Eugene.

Feldmeier worked her magic yet again to break her own school record with a time of 2:03.13 to qualify as the third-fastest woman in the 800 in Jacksonville. The SEC champion in the event was in seventh in her heat halfway through the race before bursting through the pack to claim third place. The Olympia, Washington, native previously made the 800 final at NCAA Indoors, was SEC runner-up indoors and named SEC Indoor Freshman Runner of the Year.

"Really proud of our young men and women and the way they've competed over the first couple of days," O'Neal said. "We have work to do tomorrow, and we expect to line up and compete with passion and pride in all events."

There were some other close calls on Thursday and Friday that left Ole Miss just on the outside looking in.

Redshirt-freshman Dempsey McGuigan, the SEC runner-up in the men's hammer throw, tied for 12th Thursday (211-2), but was ruled 13th by a tiebreaker that took into account each thrower's second-best mark of the day.

On Friday, freshman Shannon Ray clocked 11.56 in the quarterfinals of the women's 100, but it was only good enough for 14th place, two spots out of a trip to Eugene.

Senior Kierra White also placed 14th in the women's long jump with a leap of 19-9.75, ending her two-year Rebel career.

Ole Miss has a number of opportunities to advance more athletes to Eugene on Saturday. Here are the remaining events for the Rebels.

Women's 4x100m Relay -- 5 p.m. CT
Women's High Jump (Brittany Kelly) -- 5 p.m.
Men's 4x100m Relay -- 5:15 p.m.
Men's 1500m (Trevor Gilley, Robert Domanic) -- 5:45 p.m.
Men's Triple Jump (Phillip Young) -- 6 p.m.
Men's 110m Hurdles (Robert Semien) -- 6:20 p.m.
Women's 200m (Khadijah Suleman, Shannon Ray) -- 6:35 p.m.
Men's 5000m (Trevor Gilley) -- 7:45 p.m.
Women's 4x400m Relay -- 8:25 p.m.

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.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY AGATE

MEN

100 Meter Quarterfinal
7. Jalen Miller -- 10.35Q (EUGENE)

100 Meter First Round
6. Jalen Miller -- 10.29Q

800 Meter Quarterfinal
3. Craig Engels -- 1:47.16Q (EUGENE)
12. Holland Sherrer -- 1:47.74q (EUGENE)

800 Meter First Round
8. Craig Engels -- 1:48.39Q
10. Holland Sherrer -- 1:48.49Q
31. Dameon Morgan -- 1:49.33

1500 Meter First Round
24. Trevor Gilley -- 3:50.28Q
41. Robert Domanic -- 4:00.98Q
45. Sean Tobin -- 4:03.15

110 Meter Hurdle First Round
22. Robert Semien -- 13.99q

High Jump First Round
T1. Branden Greene -- 2.13m/6-11.75Q (EUGENE)
12. Adam Aguirre -- 2.09m/6-10.25q (EUGENE)

Long Jump First Round
38. Phillip Young -- 6.98m/22-10.75

Discus First Round
35. Kevin Conway -- 51.85m/170-1

Hammer Throw First Round
13. Dempsey McGuigan -- 64.37m/211-2
30. Nathan Loe -- 60.49m/198-5
36. Kevin Conway -- 59.37m/194-9

WOMEN

100 Meter Quarterfinal
14. Shannon Ray -- 11.56
20. Khadijah Suleman -- 11.65

100 Meter First Round
6. Shannon Ray -- 11.51Q
17. Khadijah Suleman -- 11.61q

200 Meter First Round
20. Khadijah Suleman -- 23.62q
22. Shannon Ray -- 23.65q
39. Nicole Henderson -- 24.07

800 Meter Quarterfinal
3. Brooke Feldmeier -- 2:03.13Q (SR) (EUGENE)

800 Meter First Round
19. Brooke Feldmeier -- 2:06.34Q

10,000 Meter First Round
34. Mary Alex England -- 35:50.63

Long Jump First Round
14. Kierra White -- 6.04m/19-9.75
18. Fabia McDonald -- 5.99m/19-8

 

 

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