Big Weekend on Tap for Ole Miss Track & Field
Feb. 9, 2017


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OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss has its final tune-ups before the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships with a pair of high-level meets this weekend - the Music City Challenge (Nashville, Tenn.) and Iowa State Classic (Ames, Iowa).

Both meets will take place on Friday and Saturday. Look for some of the top performances of the collegiate indoor season so far, as athletes jockey for positions in the NCAA rankings and prepare to be at their peak for conference and national championships.

The Music City Challenge is being contested at the site of the upcoming SEC meet and will feature a number of top squads from around the country, including nationally ranked men's teams in No. 7 Georgia, No. 18 Virginia Tech, No. 19 UTEP and No. 23 Southern Illinois and ranked women's squads in No. 3 Georgia and No. 11 Ole Miss. Among the other teams are Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, Mississippi State, SMU, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky.

The Iowa State Classic (airing live on FloTrack.org) is one of the year's top meets for distance events and will feature many of the nation's elite runners looking to clock fast times for NCAA qualifying.

The Rebels will send the following men to Ames: Ian Carter (5000m), Dylan Day (mile), Robert Domanic (mile), Craig Engels (800m), MJ Erb (5000m), Trevor Gilley (mile), Derek Gutierrez (mile), Brandon Harvey (mile), Ryan Manahan (800m), Mark Robertson (5000m) and Sean Tobin (3000m).

Women making the trip to Iowa are Emily Bean (5000m), Anna Braswell (5000m), Shelby Brown (3000m), Hannah Christen (5000m), Chelsea Drum (3000m), Mary Alex England (5000m), Katherine MacNeal (5000m) and Maddie McHugh (800m).

At last year's Iowa State Classic, Ole Miss broke an amazing five indoor school records: Raven Saunders in the women's shot put (all-time indoor collegiate record), Bean in the women's 5000m, Domanic in the men's 3000m, Britt Ummels in the women's 3000m and Ryan Walling in the men's 5000m.

Head Coach Connie Price-Smith Says:

"This should be a really good weekend. It will definitely be the tale that tells who makes our SEC lineup. Hopefully we'll got a lot of good marks out of the trip to Iowa, not only high on the SEC list but the national list as well. It should also be a good competition in Vanderbilt, especially in some of the field events and also on the track."

"With a lot of our new kids and even the returners, it will be good to compete on the track that we're going to be at for SECs and gain some familiarity with it. The setup will be different than it has for past meets at Vanderbilt, so they'll get to see that and get comfortable so that when they go there it's like home."

Notables:

  • Head coach Connie Price-Smith, who served as Team USA women's head coach in Rio and was elected to the USATF Hall of Fame in 2016, is in her second season at the Ole Miss helm.
  • The Rebel women are No. 11 in this week's USTFCCCA national rankings, their highest ranking - indoor or outdoor - since being No. 7 in week one of the 2008 indoor season.
  • An Ole Miss school record has fallen four times this season - twice by Janeah Stewart in the women's weight throw, as well as Shelby Brown in the women's mile and Brian Williams in the men's shot put.
  • Stewart, the reigning SEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week, has set PRs in both the weight throw and shot put this season after a JUCO career that saw her win four individual national titles and nine All-America nods ... She currently ranks third nationally in the weight throw (school-record 21.86m/71-8.75) and 11th in the shot put (16.81m/55-2).
  • Raven Saunders tops the NCAA in the women's shot put with a world-leading 19.10m/62-8, the fifth-best mark in NCAA indoor history.
  • Saunders owns the NCAA's best nine shot put marks of the season -- 19.10m, 18.71, 18.61, 18.47, 18.45, 18.43, 18.28, 18.16 and 18.02 ... In four meets, she has set three meet records and two facility records.
  • The Rebels' collection of men's distance standouts began to show their prowess at the Razorback Invitational, as MJ Erb clocked a 3000m PR of 7:54.77 that ranks him seventh nationally, and the DMR squad of Robert Domanic, Nick DeRay, Craig Engels and Sean Tobin ran a 9:34.39 that has them at No. 5 in the NCAA.
  • Ole Miss is the three-time defending SEC champion in the men's DMR and placed third at last year's NCAA meet.
  • Williams, a JUCO transfer, produced a school-record shot put of 18.83m/61-9.5 in the season opener that ranks him 13th nationally this year ... It was a five-foot improvement on his previous indoor PR from last year.

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