Ole Miss Women’s Track & Field Earns Top-25 Preseason Ranking
Shannon Ray is one of several All-Americans on this year's Ole Miss squad. (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Jan. 6, 2016

USTFCCCA Indoor Preseason National Rankings

OXFORD, Miss. – New Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith’s inaugural season at the helm is getting off to a good start.

The Ole Miss women are ranked No. 25 in the indoor preseason computer rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday.

It’s the first top-25 indoor ranking for the Rebel women since 2008 and a good starting place for Price-Smith’s club that will rub spikes with some of the nation’s best competition in the Southeastern Conference.

Among the nation’s top-25 ranked women’s teams by the USTFCCCA, seven hail from the SEC – No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Georgia, No. 6 Florida, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 12 LSU, No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 25 Ole Miss.

The men’s top 25 includes eight SEC teams – No. 1 Florida, No. 5 Alabama, No. 6 Georgia, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 14 LSU, No. 15 Tennessee and No. 19 South Carolina.

Ole Miss has star power on the women’s side in the form of All-American transfers Raven Saunders and Lindsey Murray. Saunders was a two-time NCAA shot put champion as a freshman at Southern Illinois last year, while Murray was an indoor All-American pole vaulter also as an SIU freshman a year ago.

The Rebel women will lean on veteran leadership from outdoor All-American sprinters Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray and Khadijah Suleman, as well as cross country All-SEC runner Mary Alex England, among others.


 

 

On the men’s side, Ole Miss boasts a plethora of standout distance runners, including All-Americans Robert Domanic, Craig Engels and Ryan Manahan and SEC champions Dameon Morgan, Holland Sherrer and Sean Tobin. All-American high jumper Branden Greene and All-SEC thrower Dempsey McGuigan look to further bolster the Rebels’ chances for a strong season.

Under Price-Smith, who will also serve as head coach of the USA women at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Ole Miss is looking to improve on its SEC indoor finishes of fourth on the men’s side and 13th on the women’s side last year. The men’s finish was the best by an Ole Miss squad since 1984.

Three Rebels scored points with top-eight finishes at last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships – Brooke Feldmeier, Jalen Miller and Phillip Young – but all three have since moved on.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissTrack, as well as Facebook and Instagram.

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