Women's Track & Field Jumps to No. 11 in Nation
Raven Saunders
Feb. 6, 2017

USTFCCCA National Rankings

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss women's track & field team has been surging all season, and Monday the Rebels jumped four spots to No. 11 in the USTFCCCA national rankings.

This marks the team's highest ranking - indoor or outdoor - since they were No. 7 in week one of the 2008 indoor season.

The USTFCCCA computer rankings were established in 2008 as a statistics-based predictor for NCAA team success. Various media outlets released national team rankings prior to 2008, notably the Trackwire 25, and the Ole Miss women experienced some success there too, including a No. 11 national ranking during the 2001 indoor season.

Under second-year head coach Connie Price-Smith, the Rebels are led by a trio of junior standouts.

Raven Saunders is the world leader in the shot put (19.10m/62-8) and ranks No. 6 nationally in the weight throw (21.67m/71-1.25) after a big PR last weekend in New Mexico. The reigning NCAA outdoor shot put champion set the all-time collegiate records for the indoor and outdoor shot put last year and was also a fifth-place finisher in the event at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Janeah Stewart, a junior college transfer, has made a big impression in her first couple of months as a Rebel. She currently ranks No. 3 in the NCAA in the weight throw (school-record 21.86m/71-8.75) and 11th nationally in the shot put (16.81m/55-2).

Lindsey Murray has cleared a season-best 4.22m/13-10 in the pole vault, which puts her ninth in the college ranks.

The Ole Miss men are not ranked in the top 25, but have yet to fully unleash the stable of distance runners that helped them finish a program-best fourth at the recent NCAA Cross Country Championships.

The Rebels will compete at a pair of meets this weekend in the final tune-ups before the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships - the Music City Challenge (Nashville, Tenn.) and Iowa State Classic (Ames, Iowa).

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