Ole Miss Seeking History at NCAA Indoor Championships
NCAA weight throw leader Janeah Stewart is among the school-record Ole Miss contingent for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
March 8, 2017

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OXFORD, Miss. – A school-record 10 entries will represent Ole Miss at this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas.

Eleven athletes will compete for national titles for the eighth-ranked Rebel women and 28th-ranked men at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Stadium.

They include:

Raven Saunders – W shot put – 19.10m/62-8 – No. 1 seed
Janeah Stewart – W weight throw – 23.18m/76-0.75 – No. 1 seed
Ryan Manahan, Nick DeRay, Craig Engels, Sean Tobin – M DMR – 9:26.55 – No. 1 seed
MJ Erb – M 5000m – 13:43.55 – No. 7 seed
Raven Saunders – W weight throw – 21.67m/71-1.25 – No 8 seed
Janeah Stewart – W shot put – 17.31m/56-9.5 – No. 8 seed
Brian Williams – M shot put – 19.06m/62-6.5 – No. 15 seed
Craig Engels – M 800m – 1:47.54 – No. 15 seed
Ryan Manahan – M 800m – 1:47.76 – No. 16 seed
Lindsey Murray – W pole vault – 4.22m/13-10 – No. 16 seed

Robert Domanic and Trevor Gilley will also attend the meet as possible members of the distance medley relay squad.

Friday’s events include the women’s shot put, men’s 800-meter prelims, men’s shot put, men’s 5000 meters and men’s distance medley relay. ESPN3 coverage begins at 5:25 p.m. CT.

Saturday’s events include the women’s pole vault, women’s weight throw and men’s 800-meter final. ESPN3 coverage begins at 3:55 p.m. CT.

A two-hour highlight show will air on ESPN2 on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. CT. The broadcast talent includes Dwight Stones, Larry Rawson, John Anderson and Larra Overton.

Head Coach Connie Price-Smith Says:

“It’s nice to have such a large group going to the championships. On the men’s side we have eight athletes, and on the women’s side we have three. If they go in there and do what they’re capable of doing, who knows what the outcome might be.

“At SECs, Raven and Janeah both had really great meets. They’re throwing really well with a lot of confidence. Going into NCAAs, I’d like to see them be confident and go in and compete well in both of their events. I think they’ll fare well.

“The men’s distance side has had a great year going from cross to indoors. I think they’re all really excited about going out there and being able to show what they can do and represent Ole Miss. I think their excitement about it will help them perform really well. Just about everybody going has been to NCAAs before. After having run the DMR and getting third last year, they’re ready to go in and do their best to better that performance.

“Texas A&M has a great facility, a little different than the others we’ve been in this year. It’s a fairly high banked track. It’s decent for spectator view, so it’ll be nice to sit in the stands and watch everything. We won’t be on the infield right next to the athletes, so that will be a different. I think it’s going to be a great meet."

Notables:

  • The Rebels’ five women’s entries tie a school record (2008), while the five men’s entries also tie a school record (1985, 2012) ... The previous school record for combined entries was seven in 2012.
  • The Rebel women are No. 8 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.
  • The Ole Miss men are 28th in the USTFCCCA rankings and No. 13 in the FloTrack team rankings this week.
  • Ole Miss had an historic showing at the SEC Indoor Championships, with the women earning their best finish (5th) in program history and the men matching their best finish (3rd) in program history.
  • 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.
  • John Smith (throws) was recognized as USTFCCCA South Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, and Ryan Vanhoy (distance) has been tabbed USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
  • Defending NCAA outdoor champ, Olympian and indoor/outdoor shot put collegiate record holder Raven Saunders tops the NCAA and the world in the shot put with a 19.10m/62-8 from January’s Commodore Invite.
  • Saunders owns the NCAA’s best 11 shot put marks of the season – 19.10m, 19.07, 18.71, 18.61, 18.59, 18.50, 18.48, 18.47, 18.45, 18.43, 18.43 ... In six meets, she is undefeated and has set five meet records and two facility records.
  • Saunders in the only woman in NCAA history to throw the shot put 19 meters four times in a career.
  • Saunders also ranks eighth in the country in the weight throw (PR 21.67m/71-1.25).
  • Junior Janeah Stewart broke the SEC meet record and her own school record with an NCAA-leading weight throw of 23.18m/76-0.75, an 11-foot improvement on her junior college PR from last year ... She is now No. 6 on the all-time collegiate weight throw list.
  • Stewart also ranks eighth in the country in the shot put (PR 17.31m/56-9.5).
  • The Rebels’ DMR squad of Ryan Manahan, Nick DeRay, Craig Engels and Sean Tobin clocked a 9:34.24 at the UCS Invitational, which converted to a 9:26.55 makes Ole Miss the No. 1 NCAA seed in the event.
  • Ole Miss won its fourth straight SEC DMR title in Nashville and placed third at last year’s NCAA meet.
  • Senior MJ Erb won the SEC 5000m in Nashville and ranks seventh in the NCAA with a season-best 13:43.55.
  • Ole Miss’ best NCAA men’s indoor finish was T-9th in 1991 ... Best NCAA women’s indoor finish was 13th in 2008.
For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter (@OleMissTrack), Facebook and Instagram.
 

 

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