Ole Miss To Face Elite Competition At Auburn Invitational

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Jan. 17, 2014

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OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels will return to the Birmingham CrossPlex for their third meet of the indoor track season this Saturday against a quality field of teams at the Auburn Invitational.

Among the men’s teams competing alongside the 16th-ranked Rebels will be No. 7 Florida State, No. 11 Mississippi State, No. 13 Georgia, No. 24 Alabama, No. 25 LSU, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Women’s teams at the meet include No. 5 Georgia, No. 8 LSU, No. 15 Mississippi State, No. 19 Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.

"We want to carry some of the momentum from last weekend and become more consistent," said Ole Miss head coach Brian O'Neal. "Our focus is not on the other teams, but on us. We want to make sure we get better from week to week and compete with the pride and passion that is Ole Miss Track & Field."

Field events will get underway at 10 a.m. with the women's weight throw, while running events will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the women's 60-meter prelims. As always, the meet will culminate with the 4x400-meter relays at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Two Rebels have already competed this week and produced a couple of the top pentathlon marks in the nation. Competing at Birmingham CrossPlex in a multi's meet hosted by Samford on Thursday, senior All-Americans Fabia McDonald and Mary Ashton Nall turned in their first pentathlon efforts of the season.

McDonald finished second among the 15 athletes with a score of 3,989 that also ranks her second in the NCAA this year. She finished the five-event competition just shy of her school-record total of 4,005 from the 2012 SEC Championships.

Nall placed sixth in Birmingham with a score of 3,503 that ranks her among the nation's top 20 this year, as well.

"It's still early, but that was Fabia's second-best pentathlon in her career and the second-best in the country this year," O'Neal said. "We're hoping to get them another pentathlon soon, and we expect good things from both Fabia and Mary."

Ole Miss athletes have produced some of the nation's top marks this indoor season, led by junior Sam Kendricks' school-record 18-4.75 pole vault. The Oxford, Miss., native ranks tied for No. 1 among Americans this season and tied for eighth among all pole vaulters in the world.

Ole Miss Athlete, Event, Mark (NCAA Rank)
Sam Kendricks, pole vault, 18-4.75 (1)
Mike Granger, 60m, 6.69 (6)
Jalen Miller, 60m, 6.70 (8)
Robert Semien, 60mH, 7.91 (11)
Jalen Miller, 200m, 21.48 (15)
Phillip Young, triple jump, 49-2.25 (16)
Onyi Afoaku, weight throw, 62-6.75 (18)
4x400 Meter Relay, 3:16.27 (24)

Fabia McDonald, pentathlon, 3,989 (2)
Fabia McDonald, long jump, 20-3.5 (5)
Kierra White, long jump, 19-7.5 (16)
Distance Medley Relay, 12:18.15 (17)
Mary Ashton Nall, pentathlon, 3,503 (19)
Taryn Hartfield, 60mH, 8.51 (21)
Jhorden Hunter, 60m, 7.50 (26)
Asia Cooper, 60m, 7.53 (28)
Fabia McDonald, 60mH (30)
Leanne Zimmer, 800m, 2:15.43 (35)

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