Indoor Season Heats Up as Ole Miss Enters Third Weekend
Craig Engels (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Jan. 22, 2015

Meet Info

OXFORD, Miss. - The indoor track & field season is starting to heat up as Ole Miss prepares for this weekend's Vanderbilt Invitational, which will take place Friday and Saturday at Vanderbilt's Multipurpose Facility in Nashville, Tennessee.

Led by some of the nation's top athletes, the Rebel men and women will test their mettle against such schools as Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan and Mississippi State, among others. Alabama is ranked No. 13 nationally on the men's side, while Auburn (No. 18) and Mississippi State (No. 20) are ranked on the women's side.

The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday with the men's and women's high jump. Friday will showcase several field events, as well as the distance medley relays and 5,000 meter races. The rest of the action will take place Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until about 6 p.m. The Multipurpose Facility is a 300-meter oversized track similar to what the Rebels will see at the SEC Championships in Kentucky.

"The team is progressing nicely," head coach Brian O'Neal said. "We're trying to establish that we've got to be more consistent week in and week out. Most of our people have been in sort of their secondary events so far. Now as we're heading toward our third weekend of competing, we're going to begin to have people in their primary events. We're looking for them to come in with some renewed passion and energy this weekend. I really expect for us to have a great weekend."

Sophomore Jalen Miller has been the star of the early season. His season-opening 6.56 in the 60 meters was the fastest dash in the world at the time and still ranks him fourth in the world and second in the NCAA this year.

Other Rebel men who rank among the top 30 in the NCAA in their events this year are Darryl Brown in the 200 meters (28th, 21.42), Craig Engels in the mile (10th, 4:05.41), Trevor Gilley in the mile (25th, 4:07.74), Robert Domanic in the mile (28th, 4:07.92), Robert Semien in the 60-meter hurdles (15th, 7.90), Adam Aguirre in the high jump (16th, 7-0.25) and Phillip Young in the triple jump (6th, 51-9).

On the women's side, freshman Brooke Feldmeier has burst onto the scene by setting a school record in the 600 meters (1:28.42) and following that up with a 400-meter time of 55.15 that ranks her sixth in school history and top 25 nationally this year.

Rebel women who rank top 30 in the NCAA so far include Feldmeier in the 400 (23rd, 55.15), Kierra White in the long jump (27th, 19-4.25) and the distance medley relay team of Shelby Brown, Deanna Tate, Leanne Zimmer and Katherine MacNeal (26th, 12:08.67).

In addition to the Vanderbilt meet, a portion of the Ole Miss team will travel to Jonesboro, Arkansas, for Saturday's A-State Scarlet and Black Invitational.

 

 

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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