Rebels Flawless at Day One of USATF Outdoor Championships
June 21, 2018

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DES MOINES, Iowa
– Ole Miss was perfect in qualifying performances at Day One of the 2018 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium on Thursday.


Senior All-American Robert Domanic, fresh off a fourth-place finish in the NCAA final of the men’s 1500-meter, kicked off the day with an impressive showing in the first heat of the 1500 prelims. Domanic went toe-to-toe with Matthew Centrowitz in his heat, who is the defending Olympic gold medalist in the 1500 from the 2016 games in Rio, where he became the first American to win gold in the men’s 1500 since 1908.


Domanic clipped off the fastest final lap of anyone in the heat (including Centrowitz) at 54.43, falling just three hundredths of a second shy of winning his section at 3:46.08 behind Centrowitz’s 3:46.05. Domanic will now run in his first career USA final on Saturday at 4:40 p.m. CT.


He won’t be alone, however, as former Rebel great Craig Engels also punched his ticket to Friday’s final. Engels, the only Rebel to ever finish higher than Domanic in the NCAA 1500 after his third-place finish in 2017, took the third and final auto-qualifier spot in Heat Two at 3:40.69. Friday will be Engel’s fourth-career USA Outdoor final, his third consecutive in the 1500 after also running in the 800-meter final at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Senior and NCAA qualifier Jolie Carbo also performed well in her first career USA meet, taking the fastest time qualifier spot into Friday’s semifinal after running 53.33 in the first heat of the women’s 400-meter dash prelims. Carbo is coming off a Second-Team All-American finish at the NCAA Championships as a member of the Ole Miss 4x100-meter relay team.

The final competitor on Day One was 2012 Olympian and five-time Rebel All-American Isiah Young, who kept his incredible 2018 season going with another strong performance in the 100-meter dash prelims. Young, who just 12 days ago ran a wind-legal career-best 9.92 (good for a tie atop the U.S. leaderboard and a tie for second worldwide entering the weekend), clocked a wind-legal 9.93 (+1.9) to win Heat Two and earn an AQ spot into tomorrow’s semifinal. Young’s time ended up third overall in the prelim round, which included a new world-leading 9.89 from Mike Rodgers.


Young and Carbo carry on to tomorrow in the 100 and 400, respectively, and former Rebel All-American MJ Erb joins the fun as well in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase prelims.


BROADCAST SCHEDULE (All Times CT)


Friday, June 22

11:30 AM | NBC Sports Gold (Live)

6:00 - 9:00 PM | Olympic Channel (Also streaming on the Olympic Channel app and online here)

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM | NBCSN (Delayed)


Saturday, June 23

10:00 AM | NBC Sports Gold (Live)

3:00 - 5:00 PM | NBC (Live)


Sunday, June 24

11:30 AM | NBC Sports Gold (Live)

3:00 - 5:00 PM | NBC (Live)


REMAINING COMPETITION SCHEDULE (All Times CT)


Day Two (Fri., June 22)

3:15 PM – Men’s 3000-Meter Steeplechase, First-Round – MJ Erb

5:50 PM – Men’s 100-Meter Dash, Semifinals – Isiah Young

6:05 PM – Women’s 400-Meter Dash, Semifinals – Jolie Carbo

7:30 PM – Men’s 100-Meter Dash, Finals – Isiah Young


Day Three (Sat., June 23)

1:10 PM – Men’s 200-Meter Dash, First-Round – Isiah Young

1:30 PM – Men’s Pole Vault – Sam Kendricks

2:20 PM – Women’s Hammer – Gwen Berry, Janeah Stewart, Jeneva Stevens, Jessica Ramsey

4:08 PM – Women’s 400-Meter Dash, Finals – Jolie Carbo

4:40 PM – Men’s 1500-Meter, Finals – Craig Engels, Robert Domanic


Day Four (Sun., June 24)

1:45 PM – Men’s High Jump – Ricky Robertson

2:00 PM – Men’s 200-Meter Dash, Semifinals – Isiah Young

2:10 PM – Women’s Shot Put – Raven Saunders, Jeneva Stevens, Jessica Ramsey, Janeah Stewart

2:20 PM – Men’s Discus – Brian Williams

3:55 PM – Men’s 3000-Meter Steeplechase, Finals – MJ Erb

4:10 PM – Men’s 200-Meter Dash, Finals – Isiah Young


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