Rebels Return to Action at Vanderbilt Invitational
Jan. 29, 2016

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OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss track & field teams are back in action this weekend at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee.

Most of the men’s and women’s squads will show off their talents at Vanderbilt’s Multipurpose Facility on Friday and Saturday, while some of the top Rebel men’s distance runners – Robert Domanic, Craig Engels, Wesley Gallagher, Ryan Manahan, Sean Tobin and Ryan Walling – are slated to run at the Penn State National meet.

The Vanderbilt Invitational begins at 4 p.m. CT on Friday and runs all day Saturday. Among the teams scheduled to compete are the No. 8 Tennessee men, No. 12 Tennessee women and No. 19 NC State women, as well as squads from Georgia Tech, Memphis, Michigan, Mississippi State, Southern Illinois, Southern Miss, UAB and Vanderbilt.

Sophomore Raven Saunders has had record-setting performances in each of the Rebels’ last two outings in Kentucky and Alabama. Her Ole Miss- and SEC-record shot put of 18.67m/61-3 at the Kentucky Invitational is now No. 2 in the world, while her Birmingham CrossPlex facility record shot put of 18.56m/60-10.75 is the third-best toss in the world this year.

Ole Miss boasts five of the top 25 milers in the NCAA this season to lead the way on the men’s side. Domanic, who ranks fourth nationally and No. 1 in the SEC with a Birmingham CrossPlex facility record of 4:01.56, is scheduled to run alongside Tobin, who is seventh nationally and No. 2 in the SEC, in the mile invitation run at Penn State this weekend.

Head Coach Connie Price-Smith Says:

“We are looking forward to the meet this weekend, and I believe we will have another week of good performances. There will be strong fields in all of the events, so it will be nice to see how we respond and compete with them.”


  • Sophomore Raven Saunders has recorded two of the top three shot puts in the world this year.
  • Saunders also had a personal-best weight throw of 19.95m/65-5.5 in Birmingham that ranks her No. 2 in school history and No. 17 in the NCAA this year.
  • This week, Saunders became the first woman in school history to garner back-to-back SEC Athlete of the Week honors.
  • The women’s distance medley relay squad of Britt Ummels, Jolie Carbo, Leanne Zimmer and Shelby Brown broke the school record last week with a time of 11:28.27 that ranks them sixth in the NCAA and second in the SEC this year.
  • 2015 indoor All-American Lindsey Murray currently sits at No. 30 in the NCAA with a season-best pole vault of 4.06m/13-3.75.
  • Ole Miss boasts five of the top 25 milers in the NCAA and five of the SEC’s top eight. Those five are Robert Domanic (4:01.56), Sean Tobin (4:02.97), Wesley Gallagher (4:03.68), Ryan Walling (4:05.94) and Derek Gutierrez (4:06.41).
  • The distance medley relay quartet of Robert Domanic, Ryan Manahan, Craig Engels and Sean Tobin could go for a school record and top national time at Penn State this weekend.
  • Ryan Manahan (1:49.34), Craig Engels (1:49.74) and Sean Tobin (1:49.82) all rank top 17 in the NCAA this year in the 800 meters.
  • Ole Miss will look for more indoor personal bests this weekend after a whopping 30 were achieved in Birmingham last week.
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