Rebels Ready for High-Powered Meet at Vanderbilt Invite
Jan. 18, 2018

Ole Miss Notes | Meet Info | Live Results

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ole Miss men's and women's track and field faces a tough early test this weekend against some stiff Division I competition at the Vanderbilt Invite on Friday and Saturday.

The unscored meet will feature 22 Division I schools, including fellow SEC institutions Alabama (No. 9 men, No. 20 women), Auburn, Mississippi State (No. 15 women), Missouri and Vanderbilt. The Rebel women enter the week still at the No. 8 position nationally from the USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings.

Ole Miss is coming off a strong season opener at UAB's Blazer Invite, where the Rebels won six event titles -- five coming from those 8th-ranked Rebel women. Leading the way was senior Janeah Stewart, who swept both the weight throw and the shot put. Stewart won the weight at 22.64m (74-03.50), currently the No. 3 mark in the NCAA this season. Stewart also had a solid open in the shot put, winning at the 10th-best throw in the nation at the moment at 16.55m (54-03.75).

Other Rebel women currently ranking in the national top-50 include: senior Lindsey Murray in the pole vault (19th, 4.05m/13-03.50), the women's 4x400-meter relay of Jolie Carbo, Jasmin Allen, Maddie McHugh and Mercedes Mattix (28th, 3:44.30), and senior Shannon Ray in the 60-meter dash (42nd, 7.45).

 

 

The marquee event of the weekend should be the women's weight throw, which features world-class talent in both the collegiate and professional ranks. Three of the best weight throwers in the history of the world will be in competition in Nashville this weekend, all three of whom train under head coach Connie Price-Smith and throws coach John Smith: volunteer assistant coaches Gwen Berry (world record holder, 25.60m/84-00.00), Jessica Ramsey (ninth on all-time world list, 24.04m/78-10.50) and Jeneva Stevens (10th, 23.94m/78-06.50). Collegiately, five of the top-30 in the NCAA at the moment will be in attendance, led by Stewart's winning toss from last week.

The throws should be exciting on the men's side of things as well, with seniors Dempsey McGuigan and Brian Williams part of a stacked collegiate field. McGuigan enters as the 20th-best in the NCAA at 20.23m (66-04.50), with Williams leading the way in an equally strong shot put field with 24th-best mark at 18.00m (59-00.75).

Sophomore Manny Foster leads all Rebel men with the seventh-best long jump mark in the nation at 7.58m (24-10.50), putting him into an impressive flight of the event. Freshman jumper Allen Gordon also ranks in the NCAA top-50, sitting 30th in the high jump at 2.10m (6-10.75).

This week's meet will also see the return of several standard events that Ole Miss did not run in last week, seeing veteran sprinters and distance runners getting their feet wet in the 200, 400, 800 and mile.

Competition will begin with the men's high jump and long jump, and the women's weight throw and long jump at 4 p.m. CT on Friday.

Women's National Top-50:
3. Janeah Stewart -- Weight Throw -- 22.64m (74-03.50)
10. Janeah Stewart -- Shot Put -- 16.55m (54-03.75)
19. Lindsey Murray -- Pole Vault -- 4.05m (13-03.50)
28. 4x400-Meter Relay (Carbo, Allen, McHugh, Mattix) -- 3:44.30
42. Shannon Ray -- 60-Meter Dash -- 7.45

Men's National Top-50:
7. Manny Foster -- Long Jump -- 7.58m (24-10.50)
20. Dempsey McGuigan -- Weight Throw -- 20.23m (66-04.50)
24. Brian Williams -- Shot Put -- 18.00m (59-00.75)
33. Allen Gordon -- High Jump -- 2.10m (6-10.75)

Schools Competing:
Alabama (No. 9 men, No. 20 women)
Auburn
Belmont
Connecticut
Furman
Georgia Tech
Kennesaw State
Maryland
Memphis
Middle Tennessee
Mississippi State (No. 15 women)
Missouri
Oklahoma
Ole Miss (No. 8 women)
SMU
Southeast Missouri
Southern Illinois
Southern Miss
Tulane
UAB
Vanderbilt
Western Kentucky

Rebel Women Competing:
60-Meter: T'Aja Cameron, Ralesheia Gee, Nicole Henderson, Alia Holmes, Jeanette Paul, Shannon Ray, Porsha Shirley
200-Meter: Jasmin Allen, Kieshonna Brooks, T'Aja Cameron, Jolie Carbo, Nicole Henderson, Haley Hood, Mercedes Mattix, Aisha Newsome, Shannon Ray, Orianna Shaw, Porsha Shirley, Kaira Simmons
400-Meter: Jasmin Allen, Jolie Carbo, Mercedes Mattix, Aisha Newsome, Orianna Shaw
800-Meter: Lexi King, Maddie McHugh
Mile: Anna Braswell, Hannah Christen, Lexi King, Kat MacNeal, Maddy Nikkel
3000-Meter: Anna Elkin, Maddie King, Emma McClellan, Lisa Vogelgesang
60-Meter Hurdles: Kieshonna Brooks, Haley Hood, Jeanette Paul, Ghania Warren
4x400-Meter Relay: Jasmin Allen, Jolie Carbo, Mercedes Mattix, Maddie McHugh
High Jump: Jasmine Cherry, Haley Hood, Lilli Williamson
Pole Vault: Sandra Brown, Nicole Kallenberger, Katy McAuley, Lindsey Murray
Long Jump: Ralesheia Gee, Lanae Newsome, Kaira Simmons
Triple Jump: Lanae Newsome
Shot Put: Leah Klein, Janeah Stewart, Shey Taiwo
Weight Throw: Kendall Chavarria, Janeah Stewart, Shey Taiwo

Rebel Men Competing:
60-Meter: Manny Foster, Andrew Raspo
200-Meter: Manny Foster, Andrew Raspo, Alvin Westbrook
400-Meter: Alvin Westbrook, Christian Yancey
800-Meter: Griffin Riley, John Rivera Jr., Parker Scott, Everett Smulders, Waleed Suliman, Shamar Tucker
Mile: Cade Bethmann, Michael Coccia, Dylan Day
3000-Meter: Nolan Hesse
60-Meter Hurdles: Christian Yancey
4x400-Meter Relay: Cade Bethmann, Griffin Riley, Parker Scott, Everett Smulders, Waleed Suliman
High Jump: Allen Gordon
Pole Vault: Cole Colozzo, Austin Garrett, Peyton Weissmann
Long Jump: Manny Foster
Triple Jump: Fraquan Gaines, Myles Hartsfield
Shot Put: Brian Williams
Weight Throw: Chris Long, Dempsey McGuigan, Cullen Prena

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