Jan. 24, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Ole Miss faces an important early test this weekend at the Razorback Invite, hosted by the University of Arkansas on Friday and Saturday.
Sure to be the marquee event of the weekend in the NCAA track & field world, the Razorback Invite will feature a star-studded team lineup in scored competition that includes six ranked men's teams and nine ranked women's teams. Day One will be featured on SEC Network +, with an additional live window on Day Two on SEC Network.
Competition begins at 12:45 p.m. CT on Friday and 11:10 a.m. Saturday, with the live window on SEC Network beginning at 1:02 p.m. and rolling through the end of the meet.
Women's Teams Competing:
#7 Texas A&M
#10 Ole Miss
#22 Iowa State
#24 Kansas State
Men's Teams Competing:
#3 Texas A&M
#23 Florida State
Rebel Women in the NCAA Top-50:
2. Janeah Stewart - Weight Throw - 22.88m (75-00.75)
9. Maddie McHugh - 800-Meter - 2:08.24
15. Janeah Stewart - Shot Put - 16.55m (54-03.75)
15. Jolie Carbo - 400-Meter - 54.20
22. Lindsey Murray - Pole Vault - 4.07m (13-04.25)
25. 4x400-Meter Relay - Jolie Carbo, Maddie McHugh, Jasmin Allen, Mercedes Mattix - 3:40.65
35. Kat MacNeal - Mile - 4:48.07
Rebel Men in the NCAA Top-50:
5. Waleed Suliman - 800-Meter - 1:48.94
17. Everett Smulders - 800-Meter - 1:50.36
18. Manny Foster - Long Jump - 7.58m (24-10.50)
19. Brian Williams - Shot Put - 18.69m (61-04.00)
22. Dempsey McGuigan - Weight Throw - 20.39m (66-10.75)
31. Griffin Riley - 800-Meter - 1:51.22
35. Cade Bethmann - Mile - 4:07.96
42. Allen Gordon - High Jump - 2.10m (6-10.75)
46. Cullen Prena - Weight Throw - 19.43m (63-09.00)
The Ole Miss women remained in the USTFCCCA national top-10 for the fourth-straight poll at No. 10 -- the longest streak the Rebel women (or men) have ranked in the top-10 nationally.
Senior All-American Janeah Stewart leads the way for the Rebel women, ranking No. 2 in the NCAA and leads the SEC in the weight throw (22.88m/75-00.75, last week at Vanderbilt). She also ranks 15th nationally in the shot put (16.55m/54-03.75).
Stewart entered 2018 with the top weight throw PR in the NCAA at her SEC meet record of 23.18m (76-00.75), the seventh-best throw in the United States in 2017.
Junior Maddie McHugh owns the ninth-fastest 800-meter time in the NCAA right now at 2:08.24 -- third-best in the SEC. McHugh's PR from last year is 2:05.38 and is still helping contribute to the Rebel's No. 10 national team ranking.
Senior Jolie Carbo ranks 15th nationally in the 400-meter at a career-best 54.20 run at Vanderbilt last week, the fourth-fastest in school history. Carbo also ran the leadoff leg of the women's 4x400-meter relay of Carbo, McHugh, Jasmin Allen and Mercedes Mattix that finished third at 3:40.65 -- the 25th-best relay in the NCAA this year and the fastest time at Ole Miss in six years.
Other Ole Miss women in the NCAA top-50 include seniors Lindsey Murray in the pole vault (22nd, 4.07m/13-04.25) and Kat MacNeal in the mile (35th, 4:48.07).
Senior All-American and NCAA Champion Robert Domanic makes his 2018 indoor debut this week in his first-ever indoor 800-meter collegiately. Domanic is set to represent Ole Miss in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games on Feb. 3.
Freshman Waleed Suliman opened his Rebel track career with a bang at Vanderbilt last week, running the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA this year at 1:48.94 -- also the fifth-best in Ole Miss history. Suliman is entered in the mile this week. Suliman was NCAA All-South Region and SEC All-Freshman in cross country this past fall.
Two additional Rebels rank in the national top-50 in the 800: Everett Smulders (17th, 1:50.36) and Griffin Riley (31st, 1:51.22).
Sophomore Manny Foster leads the way for the Rebel men's jumpers, currently ranking 18th in the NCAA in the long jump at his winning leap from UAB of 7.58m (24-10.50).
Senior All-American Brian Williams set a new season-best in the shot put last week, finishing as the top collegian at Vanderbilt at 18.69m (61-04.00). Williams ranks 19th in the NCAA and fourth in the SEC at the moment.
Williams owns the Ole Miss school record in the shot put at his 2017 SEC title-winning throw of 19.06m (62-06.25).
Senior All-American Dempsey McGuigan also set a season-best at Vanderbilt last week in the weight throw at 20.39m (66-10.75), ranking him 22nd in the NCAA. McGuigan owns a PR of 20.46m (67-01.50) from 2016, which ranks third all-time at Ole Miss.
Other Rebel men ranking in the national top-50 include: Cade Bethmann in the mile (35th, 4:07.96), Allen Gordon in the high jump (42nd, 2.10m/6-10.75) and Oregon grad transfer Cullen Prena in the weight throw (46th, 19.43m/63-09.00).
HEAD COACH Connie Price-Smith
Ole Miss is in the third season under the direction of head coach Connie Price-Smith, who has led the Rebels to numerous national accolades, including leading the Rebel women to their highest indoor national finish ever in 2017 in 12th place.
Price-Smith served as Team USA's women's head coach in Rio and was elected to the USATF Hall of Fame in 2016. She also serves as president of the USTFCCCA Division I Track & Field Executive Committee.
Rebel Women Competing:
60-Meter: Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray
200-Meter: Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Kaira Simmons
400-Meter: Jasmin Allen, Jolie Carbo, Mercedes Mattix, Aisha Newsome
800-Meter: Lexi King, Maddie McHugh
Mile: Anna Elkin, Maddie King, Kat MacNeal, Emma McClellan, Maddy Nikkel, Lisa Vogelgesang
3000-Meter: Emily Bean, Anna Braswell, Hannah Christen, Clio Ozanne-Jaques
60-Meter Hurdles: Jeanette Paul
4x400-Meter Relay: Jolie Carbo, Jasmin Allen, Aisha Newsome, Mercedes Mattix
Pole Vault: Sandra Brown, Nicole Kallenberger, Katy McAuley, Lindsey Murray
Long Jump: Ralesheia Gee, Lanae Newsome, Kaira Simmons
Triple Jump: Lanae Newsome
Shot Put: Janeah Stewart
Weight Throw: Janeah Stewart, Shey Taiwo
Pentathlon: Kieshonna Brooks, Haley Hood
Rebel Men Competing:
60-Meter: Andrew Raspo
200-Meter: Andrew Raspo
400-Meter: Alvin Westbrook
800-Meter: Cade Bethmann, Robert Domanic
Mile: Robert Domanic, Parker Scott, Everett Smulders, Waleed Suliman
3000-Meter: Michael Coccia, Mark Robertson, Robinson Snider
High Jump: Allen Gordon
Pole Vault: Cole Colozzo, Peyton Weissmann
Long Jump: Fraquan Gaines, Allen Gordon
Triple Jump: Fraquan Gaines
Shot Put: Brian Williams
Weight Throw: Dempsey McGuigan, Cullen Prena
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