Rebels to Face Elite Foes at Auburn Indoor Invitational
Kierra White (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Jan. 16, 2015

Meet Information and Schedule

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss track & field team's second meet of the 2015 season, this Saturday's Auburn Indoor Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex, will feature some of the nation's top teams and athletes on both the men's and women's side.

On the men's side, Rebel head coach Brian O'Neal's squad will square off against preseason nationally ranked teams in No. 10 LSU, No. 11 Georgia, No. 13 Alabama, No. 20 Florida State and No. 24 Ohio State, as well as fellow SEC teams Auburn and Tennessee, and Georgia Tech from the ACC.

Preseason ranked women's teams in attendance will be No. 4 Georgia, No. 9 Florida State and No. 18 Auburn, along with Alabama, LSU and Tennessee from the SEC, Ohio State from the Big Ten, and the ACC's Georgia Tech.

Hosted by the Auburn Tigers in Birmingham, Alabama, the meet will begin with the women's weight throw at 10:30 a.m. It is scheduled to run until 7 p.m., ending with the 4x400-meter relays.

"This weekend provides our first real challenge of the season," O'Neal said. "Our goal is to get better each week. It's going to be a big mix of SEC schools and some of the traditional powers from the ACC."

The Rebels will travel all of its event disciplines for the first time this season.

"It's always good when we have all of the different event disciplines with us competing as a whole team," O'Neal said. "The distance runners join us this weekend after taking off last weekend."

Sophomore sprinter Jalen Miller looks to build on his sensational season debut, in which he ran a world-leading 6.56 in the 60 meters. Between the 60 and 200, he will rub spikes with some of the nation's best Saturday, including LSU's Aaron Ernest and Tremayne Acy, Florida State's Trentavis Friday and Kendal Williams, Auburn's Teray Smith and Ole Miss' Darryl Brown and Kailo Moore.

Other Rebel men that rank top 10 in the NCAA after one weekend of competition are Brown in the 200 (9th, 21.42), Robert Semien in the 60-meter hurdles (7th, 7.90) and Phillip Young in the triple jump (3rd, 51-0.75).

The mile run will feature several of the Ole Miss men that helped capture the 2014 NCAA South Region Cross Country Championship and make the program's first ever team appearance at NCAAs. Among those are Wesley Gallagher, Robert Domanic, Trevor Gilley and Mark Robertson. Newcomers MJ Erb (transfer from Syracuse) and Craig Engels (transfer from NC State) are also slated to run the mile.

The meet will also showcase Tennessee's NCAA-leading distance medley relay squad.

For the Ole Miss women, freshman Brooke Feldmeier will run the first 400-meter race of her collegiate career after she set a school record in the 600 (1:28.42) last weekend.

After the opening weekend of 2015 competition, the following Rebels rank top five among SEC women: Shannon Ray (4th in 200m, 24.51), 4x400m relay (3rd, 3:46.75) and Kierra White (4th in long jump, 19-4.25).

NCAA leaders competing on the women's side include LSU's Andria Aguilar (leads nation in 800m), Morgan Schuetz (leads nation in mile) and Tori Bliss (leads nation in shot put).


 

 

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissTrack and on Facebook at Ole Miss Track. And follow Coach O'Neal at @CoachBrianOneal.

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