Pair of Medals Highlight Final Day of USATF Outdoor Championships
June 24, 2018

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DES MOINES, Iowa
– Ole Miss concluded the 2018 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a pair of medal performances at Drake Stadium on Sunday.


Four Ole Miss-affiliated athletes took to the ring in a contentious shot put final, with volunteer coach Jessica Ramsey coming within two inches of a national title following an incredible performance. Ramsey – who has trained in Oxford the last three years under Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith and throws coach John Smith following an All-American career at Western Kentucky – stunned the field with a massive four-foot PR on her first attempt at 19.23m (63-01.25). Prior to this weekend, Ramsey had never broken the 60-foot plateau, let alone the 63-foot barrier. Her throw today puts her No. 3 in the United States and No. 7 worldwide in 2018.


Ramsey held on to the lead until the fifth round, when collegiate record holder and NCAA champion Maggie Ewen edged past her by 2.25 inches at 19.29m (63-03.50). That throw remained at the top by the end of competition, relegating Ramsey to silver for her first-career U.S. medal.


Olympian and four-time NCAA champion Raven Saunders took bronze at 18.74m (61-05.75), her third-straight U.S. medal after finishing runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and winning the 2017 title. This was also the fourth-consecutive U.S. shot put final for the 22-year-old Saunders.


Ole Miss senior and NCAA hammer champion Janeah Stewart had a career day, showing some promise in her becoming a serious dual-threat thrower professionally. Stewart – the fifth-place finisher in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this season – took fifth today in the U.S. final, throwing a three-inch PR at 18.03m (59-02.00) to beat out the reigning Olympic gold medalist and American record holder Michelle Carter (sixth, 18.01m/59-01.25). At the 2016 games in Rio, Carter was the first American woman to medal in the shot put since 1960, and the first ever to win gold.


Volunteer coach Jeneva Stevens also made her second U.S. final of the weekend, finishing seventh in the shot put today at 17.85m (58-06.75).


Olympic high jumper and seven-time Rebel All-American Ricky Robertson competed until the last stages of a competitive men’s high jump final on Sunday, where he ended up taking fourth at 2.28m (7-05.75).


Also competing on Day Four were Rebel All-Americans MJ Erb in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase (seventh, 8:29.09) and Brian Williams in the discus (ninth, 59.92m/196-07).


Team USA selections for both the Athletics World Cup in London (July 14-15) and the NACAC Senior Championships in Toronto (Aug. 10-12) will pull from the medalist and finalist pool from this week’s USA Championships. Next on the calendar, though, are the IAAF World Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland on July 10-15, where a handful of international Rebel student-athletes will be competing for their home countries.


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