Rebels Ready for 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships
March 8, 2018

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Ole Miss track & field will conclude its indoor season on the highest stage as seven Rebels compete in the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships at Texas A&M on Friday and Saturday.

To qualify for the national meet, student-athletes needed to finish within the top-16 of their individual events by the end of the regular season. Those 16 representatives in each event will be competing not only for team or individual national championships, but also to grasp one of the coveted top-eight spots for First-Team All-American status. Places nine-through-16 receive Second-Team distinction.

Representing Ole Miss will be: Lindsey Murray (pole vault), Janeah Stewart (shot put, weight throw), Sean Tobin (mile, DMR), Robert Domanic (DMR), Waleed Suliman (DMR), Alvin Westbrook (DMR) and Cade Bethmann (DMR).

ESPN3 will carry the action both days, with coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT on Day One and 4 p.m. on Day Two. ESPN2 and ESPNU will carry replays over the following two days (see information below).

Broadcast Schedule:

Fri., March 9 (Day One, ESPN3) – 5:30-9:15 p.m. CT

Sat., March 10 (Day Two, ESPN3) – 4:00-7:00 p.m. CT

Sun., March 11 (Re-Air, ESPN2) – 6 p.m. CT

Sun., March 11 (Re-Air, ESPNU) – 8 p.m. CT

Mon., March 12 (Re-Air, ESPNU – 12 p.m. CT

Day One Competition Schedule (Fri., March 9):

5:15 p.m. CT – Janeah Stewart, Women’s Shot Put Finals

5:35 p.m. CT – Sean Tobin, Men’s Mile Prelims (Heat Two)

8:45 p.m. CT – Men’s Distance Medley Relay Finals

Day Two Competition Schedule:

4:00 p.m. CT – Lindsey Murray, Women’s Pole Vault Finals

4:10 p.m. CT – Men’s Mile Finals

4:30 p.m. CT – Janeah Stewart, Women’s Weight Throw Finals


• Ole Miss owns 82 total All-Americans indoors (56 men, 26 women), as well as 11 indoor NCAA Champions (nine men, two women).

• Under head coach Connie Price-Smith, the Rebels have claimed 19 of those indoor All-American honors (13 men, six women) and five NCAA Champions (Raven Saunders, shot put, 2017; men’s DMR, 2017).

• Ole Miss will defend its title in the men’s distance medley relay, with seniors Robert Domanic and Sean Tobin returning from that squad to lead the charge in 2018. The Rebels narrowly finished second at the SEC Indoor meet by seven hundredths of a second, but Ole Miss has still claimed four of the last five conference DMR titles and have finished top-three or better nationally in each of the last two seasons (2016, third).

• The Rebels are coming off of two top-16 national finishes indoors in 2017, with the women finishing a program-high 12th and the men 16th -- fourth-highest in program history.

• Senior pole vaulter Lindsey Murray enters as the only vaulter in competition to have qualified for the indoor national meet all four years (among five total seniors). Three of those four years have been as a Rebel after her freshman season at Southern Illinois in 2015.

• Senior Janeah Stewart is one of five nationally to be doubling in the shot put and weight throw. Since transferring to Ole Miss in 2016, Stewart has qualified for the national meet in each throwing event she does indoors and outdoors (shot put, weight throw, hammer throw and discus).

WOMEN’S SHOT PUT - 5:15 p.m. CT, Friday, March 9

• Senior Janeah Stewart enters ranked No. 6 in the NCAA at a career-best 17.63m (57-10.25), her runner-up mark from the SEC Indoor Championships this season. Stewart led until the third-to-last throw and was bested by less than an inch for the title.

• Stewart is one of five in competition to be doubling in both the shot put and weight throw, alongside Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen, Tennessee’s Stamatia Scarvelis, Ohio State’s Sade Olatoye and Wisconsin’s Banke Oginni.

• Stewart earned two First-Team All-American honors in the shot put in her first season at Ole Miss in 2017, finishing eighth indoors and fifth outdoors.

• Stewart was a four-time NJCAA Champion and nine-time NJCAA All-American at Iowa Central CC from 2015-16.

• Ole Miss is the defending NCAA Champion in the shot put indoors after Raven Saunders set the collegiate shot put record of 19.56m (64-02.50) in 2017 at the national meet. Prior to the arrival of head coach Connie Price-Smith, Ole Miss had no athletes ever earn All-American status indoors or outdoors in the shot put.

• National leader Maggie Ewen of Arizona State holds the third-best throw in NCAA history at 19.20m (63-00.00).

The Field:

1. Maggie Ewen, Arizona State // SB: 19.20m (63-00.00)

2. Emmonnie Henderson, Louisville // SB: 18.14m (59-06.25)

3. Lena Giger, Stanford // SB: 17.78m (58-04.00)

4. Stamatia Scarvelis, Tennessee // SB: 17.77m (58-03.75)

5. Lloydricia Cameron, Florida // SB: 17.65m (57-11.00)

6. Janeah Stewart, Ole Miss // SB: 17.63m (57-10.25)

7. Jessica Woodard, Oklahoma // SB: 17.58m (57-08.25)

8. Aliyah Gustafson, Bowling Green // SB: 17.42m (57-02.00)

9. Ashlie Blake, UCLA // SB: 17.36m (56-11.50)

10. Alyssa Wilson, UCLA // SB: 17.30m (56-09.25)

11. Breana Jemison, USC // SB: 17.27m (56-08.00)

11. Sade Olatoye, Ohio State // SB: 17.27m (56-08.00)

13. Gleneve Grange, Florida State // SB: 17.24m (56-06.75)

14. Portious Warren, Alabama // SB: 17.15m (56-03.25)

15. Kiley Sabin, Minnesota // SB: 16.96m (55-07.75)

16. Banke Oginni, Wisconsin // SB: 16.93m (55-06.50)

MEN’S MILE PRELIMS - 5:35 p.m. CT, Friday, March 9

• Senior Sean Tobin snared the final qualifying spot in the men’s mile prelim after scratches, entering 16th at his season and Ole Miss best mile time of 3:58.28 -- run at the 2018 Millrose Games in New York City. He owns an overall career-best of 3:57.00, run out-of-season last summer in Ireland at the Cork City Games.

• Tobin ran a 54.71 split over his final 400 meters to repeat as the SEC mile champion, making Ole Miss the first school in SEC history to win four-straight mile titles on the men’s side.

• He also ran a career-best 7:55.08 in the 3K this indoor season, the third-best in school history.

• Running alongside him in Heat Two is the national leader and defending national champion, Josh Kerr of New Mexico.

• Tobin will also feature on the men’s distance medley relay as one of two Rebels to return to defend Ole Miss’ 2017 NCAA title.

The Field:

1. Josh Kerr, New Mexico // SB: 3:53.72 (Heat Two)

2. Jonah Koech, UTEP // SB: 3:55.81 (Heat One)

3. Kasey Knevelbaard, Southern Utah // SB: 3:55.95 (Heat One)

4. Vincent Ciattei, Virginia Tech // SB: 3:56.56 (Heat Two)

5. Patrick Joseph, Virginia Tech // SB: 3:56.58 (Heat Two)

6. Cole Rockhold, Colorado State // SB: 3:56.95 (Heat One)

7. Sam Prakel, Oregon // SB: 3:56.89 (Heat One)

8. Neil Gourley, Virginia Tech // SB: 3:57.19 (Heat Two)

9. Reed Brown, Oregon // SB: 3:57.23 (Heat Two)

10. Zach Perrin, Colorado // SB: 3:57.28 (Heat One)

11. Diego Leon, Middle Tennessee // SB: 3:57.37 (Heat One)

12. Amos Bartelsmeyer, Georgetown // SB: 3:57.53 (Heat Two)

13. Carlos Villarreal, Arizona // SB: 3:57.64 (Heat Two)

14. Mick Stanovsek, Oregon // SB: 3:57.90 (Heat One)

15. Sam Worley, Texas // SB: 3:58.04 (Heat One)

16. Sean Tobin, Ole Miss // SB: 3:58.28 (Heat Two)

MEN’S DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY - 8:45 p.m. CT, Friday, March 9

• Ole Miss will attempt to defend its 2017 NCAA title in the DMR, fielding a relay of Sean Tobin (1200 or 1600), Alvin Westbrook (400), Waleed Suliman (800) and Robert Domanic (1200 or 1600), with freshman Cade Bethmann as an alternate.

• The Rebels have won four of the last five SEC DMR titles, and have finished in the top-three nationally in the last two years. Both Tobin and Domanic have featured on both relays.

• Ole Miss holds a converted season-best of 9:29.54 (from 9:37.27) at the JDL Fast Track, and a standard season-best of 9:37.08 from the SEC Indoor Championships, just seven hundredths off the first five-peat in the SEC since Arkansas won five from 1997-2002.

The Field:

1. New Mexico // SB: 9:24.73

2. Utah State // SB: 9:25.91

3. Stanford // SB: 9:26.91

4. Oregon // SB: 9:27.17

5. Wisconsin // SB: 9:27.72

6. Virginia Tech // SB: 9:28.59

7. Indiana // SB: 9:28.62

8. Notre Dame // SB: 9:28.79

9. Georgetown // SB: 9:28.82

10. Ole Miss // SB: 9:29.54

11. Villanova // SB: 9:29.57

12. Brown // SB: 9:29.90

WOMEN’S POLE VAULT - 4:00 p.m. CT, Saturday, March 10

• Senior Lindsey Murray stands as the only senior in competition in the women’s pole vault who has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships all four seasons of their career.
• Murray has earned three Second-Team All-American honors in her career, two indoors in 2015 (9th, with Southern Illinois) and 2017 (13th, with Ole Miss).
• Murray finished fourth at the SEC Indoor Championships at a new Ole Miss school record of 4.30m (14-01.25), tying her indoor career-best from her freshman year at SIU. Her overall career-best is 4.34m (14-02.75) from the outdoor season in 2016.

• All 16 national qualifiers are over 14 feet this season, with the top two -- Kentucky’s Olivia Gruver (4.67m/15-03.75) and Arkansas’ Alexis Jacobus (4.64m/15-02.75) -- over the 15-foot plateau.

The Field:

1. Olivia Gruver, Kentucky // SB: 4.67m (15-03.75)

2. Alexis Jacobus, Arkansas // SB: 4.64m (15-02.75)

3. Victoria Hoggard, Arkansas // SB: 4.54m (14-10.75)

4. Lucy Bryan, Akron // SB: 4.47m (14-08.00)

5. Lisa Gunnarsson, Virginia Tech // SB: 4.46m (14-07.50)

6. Desiree Freier, Arkansas // SB: 4.39m (14-04.75)

7. Laura Taylor, Kansas // SB: 4.38m (14-04.50)

8. Maddie Gardner, West Virginia // SB: 4.37m (14-04.00)

9. Bonnie Draxler, San Diego State // SB: 4.31m (14-01.75)

10. Madison Heath, Duke // SB: 4.31m (14-01.75)

11. Rachel Baxter, Virginia Tech // SB: 4.30m (14-01.25)

12. Lindsey Murray, Ole Miss // SB: 4.30m (14-01.25)

13. Lauren Martinez, California // SB: 4.30m (14-01.25)

14. Helen Falda, South Dakota // SB: 4.29m (14-00.75)

15. Kally Long, Texas // SB: 4.29m (14-00.75)

16. Karlie Place, Minnesota // SB: 4.28m (14-00.50)

WOMEN’S WEIGHT THROW - 4:30 p.m. CT, Saturday, March 10

• Senior Janeah Stewart will compete against the most difficult women’s weight throw field in the history of the event collegiately. Four are beyond the 78-foot mark, with three -- including Stewart -- past 79 feet. All four rank in the all-time NCAA top-10, with national leader Annette Echikunwoke of Cincinnati sitting second all-time at 24.78m (81-03.75) -- trailing only SIU’s Brittany Riley, who set the world record in 2007 at 25.56m (83-10.25) under the guidance of Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith and throws coach John Smith.

• Stewart is one of five in competition to be doubling in both the shot put and weight throw, alongside Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen, Tennessee’s Stamatia Scarvelis, Ohio State’s Sade Olatoye and Wisconsin’s Banke Oginni.

• Stewart qualified in the weight throw in 2017 as well, taking 13th overall.|
• Stewart was a four-time NJCAA Champion and nine-time NJCAA All-American at Iowa Central CC from 2015-16.

The Field:

1. Annette Echikunwoke, Cincinati // SB: 24.78m (81-03.75)

2. Kaitlyn Long, Minnesota // SB: 24.37m (79-11.50)

3. Janeah Stewart, Ole Miss // SB: 24.12m (79-01.75)

4. Sade Olatoye, Ohio State // SB: 23.84m (78-02.75)

5. Stamatia Scarvelis, Tennessee // SB: 22.27m (73-00.75)

6. Maggie Ewen, Arizona State // SB: 22.26m (73-00.50)

7. Brooke Andersen, Northern Arizona // SB: 22.25m (73-00.00)

8. Banke Oginni, Wisconsin // SB: 21.90m (71-10.25)

9. Agnes Esser, Minnesota // SB: 21.67m (71-01.25)

10. Makenli Forrest, Louisville // SB: 21.58m (70-09.75)

11. Nayoka Clunis, Minnesota // SB: 21.48m (70-05.75)

12. Valarie Allman, Stanford // SB: 21.42m (70-03.50)

13. Sarah Loesch, Purdue // SB: 21.37m (70-01.50)

14. Alison Ondrusek, Texas A&M // SB: 21.33m (69-11.75)

15. Gabrielle Figueroa, Kent State // SB: 21.31m (69-11.00)

16. Ashley Bryant, Oklahoma // SB: 21.31m (69-11.00)

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