Ole Miss Women Crack Top 10 in USTFCCCA National Rankings
Head coach Connie Price-Smith directed the Ole Miss women to their best SEC indoor finish in program history.
Feb. 27, 2017


USTFCCCA National Rankings

OXFORD, Miss. – After a record-breaking weekend at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend, the Ole Miss women jumped up four spots to No. 9 in this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings.

It’s the second-best ranking in Ole Miss women’s program history. Only the 2008 squad’s No. 7 ranking in week one of that season has been higher.

The move to the top 10 is no surprise after the Rebels, led by second-year head coach Connie Price-Smith, captured their best finish in school history at the SEC indoor meet with a fifth-place showing among a crowded field of the nation’s best teams. For context, this week’s national top 10 also includes league schools in No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Arkansas, No. 4 LSU, No. 5 Kentucky and No. 7 Alabama, as well as 11th-ranked Texas A&M and 12th-ranked Florida.

Junior throws standouts Raven Saunders and Janeah Stewart were spectacular in Nashville, as Saunders broke the SEC meet record in the shot put (19.07m/62-6.75) and Stewart did the same in the weight throw (23.18m/76-0.75). The duo went 1-2 in the shot put and 1-4 in the weight throw for a whopping 33 points between the two of them. They both lead the NCAA in their respective top events. Saunders owns the collegiate record in the shot, while Stewart is now No. 6 in NCAA history in the weight.

The Ole Miss women also medaled in the 800 meters (bronze – Maddie McHugh) and distance medley relay (bronze – Shelby Brown, Jolie Carbo, Maddie McHugh, Anna Braswell).

Mary Alex England set a school record in the 5000 meters (16:12.67) as she and teammate Emily Bean took fourth and fifth place in the event.

The Rebel men matched their best SEC indoor finish in school history with a tie for third place. They remained No. 26 in the national rankings this week.

Ole Miss will close out the 2017 indoor season by sending several of its athletes to the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, on March 10-11. The national meet accepts entries from the top-16 ranked athletes in each individual event and top-12 relays.

As of today, Saunders and Stewart would make the national meet in both the shot put and weight throw, and Lindsey Murray would qualify in the pole vault.

For the men, the No. 1-ranked distance medley relay squad (Robert Domanic, Nick DeRay, Craig Engels, Sean Tobin) would be joined by Engels and Ryan Manahan in the 800 meters, MJ Erb in the 5000 meters and Brian Williams in the shot put, as of today.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter (@OleMissTrack), Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

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