Feb. 8, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a solid weekend of competition in three different time zones last week, Ole Miss track & field splits squad again this coming weekend at Vanderbilt for the Music City Challenge and at the distance-heavy Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.
• Last weekend, Ole Miss was represented by two men’s distance runners at the prestigious Millrose Games in New York City in seniors Robert Domanic and Sean Tobin. Tobin ran a new school record in the invitational mile, while Domanic ran in the historic Wanamaker Mile.
• Tobin will be in action again at the Iowa State Classic, which is a yearly destination for the top distance runners in the nation to run in some of the most competitive -- and fast -- races of the season.
• The Ole Miss throwers and sprinters traveled to Southern Illinois for the Don DeNoon Invite last week where several throwers shined. Senior Janeah Stewart swept the weight throw and shot put, setting an NCAA-leading mark in the weight that moved her to No. 4 on the all-time national list. Dempsey McGuigan won the men’s weight at a new school-record as well.
• There was also a Rebel delegation out west in the New Mexico Classic, led by a new season-best in the pole vault by senior Lindsay Murray to put her in the NCAA top-20.
• The Rebel women remained in the national top-25 this week at No. 11 in the USTFCCCA National Computer Rankings. Ole Miss has been ranked on the women’s side now for a school-record 12 polls in a row, sitting in the top-25 during each release of this season and last season.
• Senior All-American Janeah Stewart had a historic week that ended with earning SEC Field Athlete of the Week honors for the second week in a row, as well as receiving votes on The Bowerman Watch List for the first time this season.
• Stewart set the NCAA lead in the weight throw last week at SIU, winning the event title and beating out Olympian DeAnna Price with a two-foot career-best 23.83m (78-02.25) that moves her from No. 6 to No. 4 all-time in the history of the NCAA.
• Stewart’s throw also ranks No. 3 in the world this season (with the top two spots also belonging to John Smith pupils Gwen Berry (24.85m/81-06.50) and Jeneva Stevens (24.24m/79-06.50)) and ninth in the history of the United States. She owns a half-foot lead on the NCAA descending list over Cincinnati’s Annette Echikunwoke (23.69m/77-08.75).
• Last week alone, Stewart recorded five of the top-10 weight throw marks in the NCAA. On the season, Stewart owns more than half at 12 of the top 21 throws.
• Stewart also won the shot put at a two-foot season-best of 17.12m (56-02.00), ranking her No. 8 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the SEC this season. Stewart is one of three nationwide to rank in the top-eight nationally in both the weight and shot.
• Senior pole vaulter Lindsay Murray set a new season-best at the New Mexico Classic last week, improving on her steadily consistent senior indoor campaign. Murray finished fifth at 4.17m (13-08.25), her best height since clearing 4.22m (13-10.00) at last year’s New Mexico Classic before missing a considerable amount of the 2017 season due to injury.
• Murray owns an overall career-best 4.34m (14-02.75) from the 2016 outdoor season, as well as an indoor best of 4.30m (14-01.25) from her freshman season at Southern Illinois in 2015. She owns the Ole Miss indoor school record at 4.29m (14-00.75).
• Also setting season-bests in the vault out west were Nicole Kallenberger and Katy McAuley, who both cleared 3.92m (12-10.25).
• Freshman Shey Taiwo has thrown past the 20-meter mark in each of her past two meets. Taiwo ranks 14th nationally and is the nation’s top-ranked freshman in the event at a best of 20.82m (68-03.75), recorded in just her third collegiate meet at the Razorback Invite two weeks ago.
• Senior Jolie Carbo was off last week, but will return at Vanderbilt to run in the 400-meter and the 4x400-meter relay. Two weeks ago at the Razorback Invite, Carbo became just the fourth Rebel woman to ever break sub-54 seconds indoors in the 400, winning the open section and finishing sixth overall at 53.80. At the time it ranks No. 16 nationally, but currently it ranks 24th in the NCAA and sixth in the SEC.
• Carbo also ran the leadoff leg for another fast 4x400-meter relay at Arkansas, 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 44th in the NCAA.
• The week prior, Carbo, Maddie McHugh, Allen and Mattix ran 3:40.65, the 48th-best in the NCAA right now.
• Junior Maddie McHugh also received last week off, but at the Razorback Invite she shaved another second off her 800-meter season-best. She currently ranks 34th 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. 11 national team ranking.
• Senior jumper Lanae Newsome also ranks in the national top-50 for the Rebels in the triple jump in 43rd at 12.50m (41-00.25).
• Senior Sean Tobin, who took 12th for All-American honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall, opened his 2018 indoor campaign with a superb race in the invitational mile at the prestigious Millrose Games in New York City.
• Tobin broke his own school record with a fourth-place time of 3:58.28, currently the 13th-fastest in the NCAA this season. Tobin’s overall career-best is an out-of-season 3:57.00 from last summer at the Cork City Sports meet in Ireland.
• Senior All-American Robert Domanic represented Ole Miss in the historic Wanamaker Mile, the classic closing event of the Millrose Games that has been run every year since 1926. Domanic finished 10th at 4:06.02 after trying to keep with the rabbit, sitting in second place with a 1:57 time at the 800-meter interval but falling off after the 1K mark.
• 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 returns to the track this weekend at Iowa State to run in the mile. Suliman owns the 14th-fastest 800-meter time in the NCAA this season at 1:48.94, the third-best in the SEC. Suliman also ran a 4:04.71 mile at the Razorback Invite, which ranks No. 5 all-time at Ole Miss.
• Senior All-American Dempsey McGuigan broke through with a big two-foot career-best at Southern Illinois last week in the weight throw, finishing runner-up at a new school-record 21.11m (69-03.25) -- breaking a 15-year old record set by Stacy Andrews in 2003 of 20.82m (68-03.75). McGuigan ranks 21st in the NCAA and sixth in the SEC this season.
• Sophomore Manny Foster ranks 25th 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).
• Freshman Everett Smulders also ranks within the NCAA top-50 in the 800-meter in 42nd at 1:50.36.
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 (at Vanderbilt)
Women’s 60-Meter: Ralesheia Gee, Nicole Henderson, Alia Holmes, Shannon Ray
Men’s 60-Meter: Courtland Barnes, Andrew Raspo
Women’s 200-Meter: Nicole Henderson, Alia Holmes, Shannon Ray, Ghania Warren
Men’s 200-Meter: Andrew Raspo
Women’s 400-Meter: Jasmin Allen, Jolie Carbo, Mercedes Mattix, Aisha Newsome, Orianna Shaw
Men’s 400-Meter: Alvin Westbrook
Men’s 800-Meter: Shamar Tucker
Women’s Mile: Lexi King
Men’s Mile: Dylan Day
Women’s 3K: Emma McClellan
Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles: Kieshonna Brooks, Haley Hood, Jeanette Paul, Ghania Warren
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay: Jolie Carbo, Jasmin Allen, Aisha Newsome, Mercedes Mattix, Orianna Shaw
Women’s High Jump: Jasmine Cherry, Haley Hood, Lilli Williamson
Men’s High Jump: Allen Gordon
Women’s Pole Vault: Sandra Brown, Katy McAuley, Lindsey Murray
Men’s Pole Vault: Cole Colozzo, Peyton Weissmann
Women’s Long Jump: Kieshonna Brooks, Ralesheia Gee, Kaira Simmons
Men’s Long Jump: Manny Foster, Allen Gordon, Myles Hartsfield
Women’s Triple Jump: Lanae Newsome
Men’s Triple Jump: Fraquan Gaines
Women’s Shot Put: Kieshonna Brooks, Janeah Stewart, Shey Taiwo
Men’s Shot Put: Brian Williams
Women’s Weight Throw: Janeah Stewart, Shey Taiwo
Men’s Weight Throw: Dempsey McGuigan, Cullen Prena
Rebels Competing (at Iowa State)
Women’s 800-Meter: Maddie McHugh
Men’s 800-Meter: Griffin Riley, John Rivera Jr., Everett Smulders
Women’s Mile: Kat MacNeal, Maddy Nikkel
Men’s Mile: Cade Bethmann, Parker Scott, Waleed Suliman
Women’s 3K: Anna Elkin, Maddie King, Lisa Vogelgesang
Men’s 3K: Sean Tobin
Women’s 5K: Anna Braswell, Hannah Christen, Clio Ozanne-Jaques
Men’s 5K: Mark Robertson, Robinson Snider
Rebel Women in the NCAA Top-50:
1. Janeah Stewart – Weight Throw – 23.83m (78-02.25)
8. Janeah Stewart – Shot Put – 17.12m (56-02.00)
14. Shey Taiwo – Weight Throw – 20.82m (68-03.75)
19. Lindsey Murray – Pole Vault – 4.17m (13-08.25)
24. Jolie Carbo – 400-Meter – 53.80
34. Maddie McHugh – 800-Meter – 2:07.21
43. Lanae Newsome – Triple Jump – 12.50m (41-00.25)
44. 4x400-Meter Relay – Carbo, Jasmin Allen, Aisha Newsome, Mercedes Mattix – 3:40.03
48. 4x400-Meter Relay – Carbo, McHugh, Allen, Mattix – 3:40.65
Rebel Men in the NCAA Top-50:
13. Sean Tobin – Mile – 3:58.28
14. Waleed Suliman – 800-Meter – 1:48.94
21. Dempsey McGuigan – Weight Throw – 21.11m (69-03.25)
25. Manny Foster – Long Jump – 7.58m (24-10.50)
26. Brian Williams – Shot Put – 18.69m (61-04.00)
42. Everett Smulders – 800-Meter – 1:50.36
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