Feb. 1, 2018
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss track and field will split squad for the first time this season, sending delegations to the Don DeNoon Invite (Southern Illinois), New Mexico Classic (New Mexico) and the prestigious Millrose Games in New York City this weekend.
Teams Competing, Don DeNoon Invite – Feb. 2-3, 2018 (Carbondale, Ill.)
Teams Competing, New Mexico Classic – Feb. 2-3, 2018 (Albuquerque, N.M.)
New Mexico Highlands
New Mexico State
Stephen F. Austin
Rebel Women in the NCAA Top-50:
2. Janeah Stewart – Weight Throw – 22.95m (75-03.50)
14. Shey Taiwo – Weight Throw – 20.82m (68-03.75)
16. Jolie Carbo – 400-Meter – 53.80
17. Janeah Stewart – Shot Put – 16.55m (54-03.75)
22. Maddie McHugh – 800-Meter – 2:07.21
30. Lindsey Murray – Pole Vault – 4.07m (13-04.25)
32. 4x400-Meter Relay – Carbo, Jasmin Allen, Aisha Newsome, Mercedes Mattix – 3:40.03
33. 4x400-Meter Relay – Carbo, McHugh, Allen, Mattix – 3:40.65
40. Lanae Newsome – Triple Jump – 12.50m (41-00.25)
Rebel Men in the NCAA Top-50:
10. Waleed Suliman – 800-Meter – 1:48.94
22. Manny Foster – Long Jump – 7.58m (24-10.50)
25. Dempsey McGuigan – Weight Throw – 20.44m (67-00.75)
26. Brian Williams – Shot Put – 18.69m (61-04.00)
31. Everett Smulders – 800-Meter – 1:50.36
42. Waleed Suliman – Mile – 4:04.71
43. Robert Domanic – 800-Meter – 1:50.87
49. Cullen Prena – Weight Throw – 19.59m (64-03.25)
• Ole Miss splits squad for the first time this weekend, with throwers and sprinters heading to Southern Illinois for the Don DeNoon Invite, and the pole vaulters and jumpers heading west to the New Mexico Classic. Two Rebel distance runners, seniors Robert Domanic and Sean Tobin, will run in the prestigious Millrose Games out in New York City.
• Ole Miss is coming off a weekend of high-caliber competition at the Razorback Invite at the University of Arkansas, which featured nine ranked women’s teams and six ranked men’s teams.
• The Rebel women remained at No. 10 nationally in the USTFCCCA National Computer Rankings, extending a school-record long streak to five straight polls in the top-10. This is the third top-10 ranking for Ole Miss this season, also a single-season school record for top-10 appearances.
• Senior All-American Janeah Stewart leads the way for the Rebel women, ranking No. 2 in the NCAA and leading the SEC in the weight throw at her season-best winning toss from last week at the Razorback Invite of 22.95m (75-03.50). Stewart recorded three of the top-10 marks in the nation this past week and was named SEC Field Athlete of the Week.
• Stewart also ranks 17th nationally in the shot put at (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.
• Freshman Shey Taiwo threw a two-meter PR to jump all the way up to third all-time in the weight throw at Ole Miss in just her third collegiate meet last week at Arkansas. Taiwo ranks 14th in the NCAA as the nation’s top freshman at 20.82m (68-03.75).
• Senior Jolie Carbo kept the pedal down on her blistering senior season, dropping another half-second in the 400-meter for the second straight week. Last week at Arkansas, Carbo won the open section of the 400-meter and finished sixth overall at 53.80 seconds, currently the 16th-fastest in the NCAA.
• Carbo is just the fourth Rebel woman to ever break the sub-54 second barrier indoors in the 400.
• Carbo also ran the leadoff leg for another fast 4x400-meter relay, which, for the second straight week ran the fastest time at Ole Miss in six years -- this time at 3:40.03. That relay, which also featured Jasmin Allen, Aisha Newsome and Mercedes Mattix, ranks 32nd in the NCAA.
• The week prior, Carbo, Maddie McHugh, Allen and Mattix ran 3:40.65, the 33rd-best in the NCAA right now.
• Junior Maddie McHugh shaved another second off her 800-meter season-best last week at Arkansas, currently ranking 22nd nationally at 2:07.21. McHugh’s PR from last year is 2:05.38 and is still helping contribute to the Rebel’s No. 10 national team ranking.
• Other Ole Miss women in the NCAA top-50 include seniors Lindsey Murray in the pole vault (30th, 4.07m/13-04.25) and Lanae Newsome in the triple jump (40th, 12.50m/41-00.25).
• Senior All-Americans and NCAA Champions Robert Domanic and Sean Tobin will represent Ole Miss at the prestigious Millrose Games at The Armory in New York City this weekend.
• Domanic will run in the historic Wanamaker Mile, which has been run every year since 1926. Domanic holds a collegiate indoor mile best of 4:00.19, but last summer he won the mile at the Morton Games in Ireland at 3:55.71.
• Tobin will run in the invitational mile at Millrose. His collegiate best is 3:59.91, but he also owns an out-of-season mile best of 3:57.
• Both were members of the defending NCAA Champion distance medley relay team that has won four straight SEC relay titles. No SEC school has won five men’s DMR titles in a row since Arkansas did so from 1997-2002.
• Freshman Waleed Suliman owns two NCAA top-50 times to lead the Rebel men: he ranks 10th in the 800-meter (1:48.94) and 42nd in the mile (4:04.71). Suliman’s 800 time ranks fifth all-time at Ole Miss, and his mile time comes in at No. 10. Suliman was NCAA All-South Region and SEC All-Freshman in cross country this past fall.
• Senior All-American Dempsey McGuigan has set a new season-best in the weight throw each of the last two weeks, and he stands within an inch of his all-time best. McGuigan ranks 25th nationally at 20.44m (67-00.75), narrowly off his best from 2016 of 20.46m (67-01.50) -- the third-best throw in school history.
• Sophomore Manny Foster ranks 22nd in the NCAA in the long jump this season from his season-opening win at UAB of 7.58m (24-10.50).
• Senior All-American Brian Williams ranks 26th nationally in the shot put at 18.69m (61-04.00). Williams owns the Ole Miss school record in the shot put at his 2017 SEC title-winning throw of 19.06m (62-06.25).
• Other Rebel men ranking in the NCAA top-50 include: freshman Everett Smulders in the 800-meter (31st, 1:50.36), Robert Domanic in the 800-meter (43rd, 1:50.87) and graduate transfer Cullen Prena in the weight throw (49th, 19.59m/64-03.25).
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.
Rebels Competing (SIU)
Women’s 60-Meter: T’Aja Cameron, Alia Holmes
Men’s 60-Meter: Courtland Barnes, Andrew Raspo
Men’s 200-Meter: Alvin Westbrook
Women’s 400-Meter: Orianna Shaw
Men’s 400-Meter: Christian Yancey
Women’s Shot Put: Leah Klein, Janeah Stewart, Shey Taiwo
Men’s Shot Put: Brian Williams
Women’s Weight Throw: Kendall Chavarria, Leah Klein, Annika Larsson, Janeah Stewart, Shey Taiwo
Men’s Weight Throw: Chris Long, Dempsey McGuigan, Cullen Prena
Rebels Competing (New Mexico)
Women’s 60-Meter: Ralesheia Gee
Women’s 200-Meter: Kaira Simmons, Ghania Warren
Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles: Kieshonna Brooks, Haley Hood, Ghania Warren
Women’s High Jump: Jasmine Cherry, Haley Hood, Lilli Williamson
Men’s High Jump: Allen Gordon
Women’s Pole Vault: Nicole Kallenberger, Katy McAuley, Lindsey Murray
Men’s Pole Vault: Colo Colozzo, Austin Garrett, Peyton Weissmann
Women’s Long Jump: Kieshonna Brooks, Ralesheia Gee, Lanae Newsome, Kaira Simmons, Ghania Warren
Men’s Long Jump: Fraquan Gaines
Women’s Triple Jump: Lanae Newsome
Men’s Triple Jump: Allen Gordon, Fraquan Gaines
Rebels Competing (Millrose Games)
Wanamaker Mile: Robert Domanic (Sat., Feb. 3, 4:50 p.m. CT)
Invitational Mile: Sean Tobin (Sat., Feb. 3, 1:47 p.m. CT)
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