Feb. 22, 2018
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - It's championship week for the Ole Miss men's and women's track & field teams, as the Rebels head to Texas A&M for the SEC Indoor Championships on Feb. 24-25.
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Day One (Sat., Feb. 24):
SEC Network +
2:55-7:15 p.m. CT
Day Two (Sun., Feb. 25):
5:00-9:00 p.m. CT
Dwight Stones (Play-by-Play)
Larry Rawson (Analysis)
Jill Montgomery (Analysis)
John Anderson (Reporter)
Most of the Ole Miss track team had last week off, except for the men's distance medley relay of Robert Domanic, Alvin Westbrook, Waleed Suliman and Sean Tobin, who went out east to the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. in search of an NCAA qualifying time. They finished second at 9:37.27 (7th-fastest in school history), which converts down to the eighth-fastest time in the NCAA this season at 9:29.54.
Ole Miss has won the men's DMR four years in a row now, with last year's squad winning the NCAA title as well. No SEC school has won five men's DMR titles in a row since Arkansas did so from 1997-2002. The Rebel men set the SEC meet record for the second straight year last season, running 9:32.36.
Last year, Ole Miss recorded historic team finishes on both sides. The Rebel men finished tied for third overall, matching program highs from 1983, 1984 and 2016. The Rebel women finished fifth overall, with their previous high finish being sixth in 2001 and 2008.
Ole Miss claimed a combined five SEC titles in 2017, a school record. Aside from the men's DMR, returning Rebels Janeah Stewart (weight throw) and Sean Tobin (mile) won titles, with former Rebels Raven Saunders (shot put) and MJ Erb (5K) also took home SEC crowns.
Returning men's All-SEC include: Robert Domanic (First-Team, DMR, 1st Place; Second-Team, Mile, 3rd Place), Sean Tobin (First-Team, Mile, 1st Place) and Brian Williams (Second-Team, Shot Put, 2nd Place).
Returning women's All-SEC include: Janeah Stewart (First-Team, Weight Throw, 1st Place; Second-Team, Shot Put, 2nd Place), Anna Braswell (Second-Team, DMR, 3rd Place), Jolie Carbo (Second-Team, DMR, 3rd Place), Maddie McHugh (Second-Team, DMR, 3rd Place; Second-Team, 800-Meter, 3rd Place).
Ole Miss also returns two women from the 2017 SEC All-Freshman team: pole vaulter Nicole Kallenberger and long jumper Kaira Simmons.
The Rebel women sit just outside the national top-25 at No. 30 in the latest USTFCCCA National Computer Rankings. Ole Miss was ranked in the top-25 for a school-record 12 straight poll releases indoors, ranking during each release of the 2017 season and the first five polls of the 2018 season.
Senior All-American Janeah Stewart leads the Rebels this season, ranking No. 2 in the NCAA in the weight throw (24.12m/79-01.75) and No. 11 in the shot put (17.12m/56-02.00). Stewart is one of five in the NCAA to rank within the national top-16 in both the weight and the shot.
Stewart's season and career-best, 24.12m (79-01.75), ranked as the No. 1 throw in the NCAA this year and No. 3 in NCAA history at the time. Just last week, Cincinnati's Annette Echikunwoke retook the lead, moving into No. 2 all-time at 24.78m (81-03.75), pushing Stewart down to No. 2 this year and No. 4 all-time.
Stewart has won SEC Field Athlete of the Week honors three times this season, and on the lastest Bowerman Award Watch List she received votes.
Stewart ranks fifth in the U.S. and the world this season, and her PR this year ranks ninth in U.S. history and 10th in world history. Her PR sits just two inches shy of the overall SEC record set by Florida's Candice Scott in 2005 (24.17m/79-03.75).
Freshman Shey Taiwo also rests within national contention in the weight throw, ranking No. 17 nationally (and fifth in the SEC). Taiwo is the NCAA's top-ranked freshman in the event this season.
Senior Jolie Carbo has dropped a half second in the 400-meter in each race she has run this season, currently sitting at an overall career-best 53.30 seconds -- the second-fastest time in school history. Carbo ranks 22nd nationally and seventh in the SEC at that time. She also features as the leadoff leg for the Rebel women's 4x400-meter relay team. Carbo is just the fourth Rebel woman to ever break sub-54 seconds in the 400 indoors.
Senior pole vaulter Lindsey Murray set a new season-best at the New Mexico Classic earlier this month, 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).
Murray's season-best of 4.17m (13-08.25) ranks 24th in the NCAA and fifth in the SEC.
Junior Maddie McHugh ranks 46th in the NCAA and seventh in the conference in the 800-meter at 2:07.21, just two seconds off her career-best 2:05.38 from last season.
Also ranking in the national top-50 is senior triple jump Lanae Newsome, who set a new career-best at Vanderbilt's Music City Challenge at 12.59m (41-03.75). She ranks 42nd nationally and 15th in the SEC.
The Rebel men have moved up 25 spots in the national rankings in the last two weeks alone, currently sitting at No. 65.
The men's distance medley relay team of Robert Domanic, Alvin Westbrook, Waleed Suliman and Sean Tobin went out east to the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. in search of an NCAA qualifying time last week, finishing second at 9:37.27 (7th-fastest in school history). That converts down to the fastest time in the SEC and eighth-fastest time in the NCAA this season at 9:29.54, putting Ole Miss in a position to defend its NCAA title in the DMR from 2017.
Ole Miss has won the men's DMR four years in a row now. No SEC school has won five men's DMR titles in a row since Arkansas did so from 1997-2002. The Rebel men set the SEC meet record for the second straight year last season, running 9:32.36.
Senior All-American Brian Williams put on a career-performance at the Music City Challenge two weeks ago, breaking his own school record in the shot put at 19.24m (63-01.50). Williams, the defending SEC runner-up, ranks 15th nationally and third in the SEC.
Tobin is in national contention not only on the DMR, but also in the mile (20th, 3:58.28) and 3K (21st, 7:55.08). His mile time ranks as the top time in the conference and was a new school record run at the prestigious Millrose Games in New York City on Feb. 3. Tobin was an All-American in cross country this past fall, finishing 12th overall.
Tobin's overall career-best in the mile is an out-of-season 3:57.00 from last summer at the Cork City Sports meet in Ireland.
Freshman Waleed Suliman is sure to be a key runner for the Rebels at the SEC meet as well. Suliman ranks 21st nationally and fourth in the SEC in the 800-meter at 1:48.94 (fifth all-time), as well as 36th nationally and fourth in the conference in the mile at 4:00.90 (fifth all-time).
Senior All-American Dempsey McGuigan broke through with a big two-foot career-best at Southern Illinois on Feb. 2 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 23rd in the NCAA and seventh in the SEC this season.
Sophomore Manny Foster ranks 35th in the NCAA in the long jump this season from his season-opening win at UAB of 7.58m (24-10.50).
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.
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.
Rebel Women in the NCAA Top-50:
2. Janeah Stewart - Weight Throw - 24.12m (79-01.75)
11. Janeah Stewart - Shot Put - 17.12m (56-02.00)
17. Shey Taiwo - Weight Throw - 20.82m (68-03.75)
22. Jolie Carbo - 400-Meter - 53.30
24. Lindsey Murray - Pole Vault - 4.17m (13-08.25)
42. Lanae Newsome - Triple Jump - 12.59m (41-03.75)
46. Maddie McHugh - 800-Meter - 2:07.21
Rebel Men in the NCAA Top-50:
8. Robert Domanic, Alvin Westbrook, Waleed Suliman, Sean Tobin - Men's DMR - 9:29.54 (converted from 9:37.27)
15. Brian Williams - Shot Put - 19.24m (63-01.50)
20. Sean Tobin - Mile - 3:58.28
21. Waleed Suliman - 800-Meter - 1:48.94
21. Sean Tobin - 3,000-Meter - 7:55.08
23. Dempsey McGuigan - Weight Throw - 21.11m (69-03.25)
35. Manny Foster - Long Jump - 7.58m (24-10.50)
36. Waleed Suliman - Mile - 4:00.90
Rebel Women Competing:
60-Meter: Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray
200-Meter: Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray
400-Meter: Jasmin Allen, Jolie Carbo, Mercedes Mattix, Aisha Newsome, Orianna Shaw
800-Meter: Maddie McHugh
Mile: Kat MacNeal, Maddy Nikkel
3K: Maddie King, Lisa Vogelgesang
5K: Clio Ozanne-Jaques
4x400-Meter Relay: Jolie Carbo, Jasmin Allen, Aisha Newsome, Mercedes Mattix
DMR: Lisa Vogelgesang, Kat MacNeal, Maddie McHugh, Anna Braswell
Pole Vault: Sandra Brown, Nicole Kallenberger, Katy McAuley, Lindsey Murray
Long Jump: Lanae Newsome, Kaira Simmons
Triple Jump: Lanae Newsome
Shot Put: Janeah Stewart, Shey Taiwo
Weight Throw: Janeah Stewart, Shey Taiwo
Pentathlon: Kieshonna Brooks
Rebel Men Competing:
60-Meter: Andrew Raspo
200-Meter: Andrew Raspo
400-Meter: Alvin Westbrook
800-Meter: Griffin Riley, John Rivera Jr., Waleed Suliman
Mile: Cade Bethmann, Parker Scott, Everett Smulders, Sean Tobin
5K: Mark Robertson, Robinson Snider
DMR: Robert Domanic, Alvin Westbrook, Waleed Suliman, Sean Tobin; Cade Bethmann, John Rivera Jr., Everett Smulders, Griffin Riley
High Jump: Allen Gordon
Pole Vault: Cole Colozzo, Peyton Weissmann
Long Jump: Manny Foster
Triple Jump: Manny Foster, Fraquan Gaines, Allen Gordon
Shot Put: Brian Williams
Weight Throw: Dempsey McGuigan, Cullen Prena
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