Rebel Women Open Outdoor Season No. 22 in USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings
March 20, 2018

USTFCCCA Women’s Release | USTFCCCA Men’s Release

NEW ORLEANS
– Ole Miss track & field sits within the top echelon of the national team standings entering this outdoor season, with the Rebel women sitting within the top-25 at No. 22 and the men just outside at No. 33 in the USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings released on Tuesday afternoon.


Today’s top-25 ranking for the Rebel women marks the 11th-straight outdoor release that they have been nationally ranked, dating back to Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith’s first season in 2016. In her time at the helm, the Rebel women have ranked within the top-25 in 14 of the 21 rankings releases outdoors. The No. 22 ranking is the highest preseason slot for the Ole Miss women outdoors since the polls began in 2008.


Leading the way for the No. 22 Rebel women is senior All-American Janeah Stewart, who is fresh off an incredible indoor season that ended with her third First-Team All-American award with a third-place finish in the weight throw. Stewart, who ended the indoor season as the No. 5 weight thrower in the history of the NCAA, was one of just two women to triple at the national meet outdoors in 2017, and she enters ready to do so again with top-15 rankings in all three of her throwing events.


Stewart’s top ranking is No. 2 in the shot put at her overall career-best of 17.86m (58-07.25) from the 2017 Tennessee Relays, the second-best throw in Ole Miss history. She also owns the seventh-best PR in the hammer throw (64.69m/212-03, school record) and the 15th-best in the discus (56.39m/185-00, second in school history). In total, she accounts for 57 of the 76.78 points Ole Miss received in the preseason computer rankings. Outdoors in 2017, Stewart finished First-Team All-American in the shot put (fifth place), and Second-Team in both the discus (ninth) and hammer (10th).


Senior Lindsey Murray owns a top-10 mark entering the outdoor season as well. Murray, who joined Stewart at the NCAA Indoor Championships two weeks ago, missed the entire 2017 outdoor season due to injury, but her career-best of 4.34m (14-02.75) from 2016 still contributes 13.23 points to the Rebel national ranking. Murray was the lone senior in competition at the indoor national meet this year to have qualified all four years.


Other Rebel women contributing include NCAA qualifier Shelby Brown (21st, 3000-meter steeplechase, 10:06.67; 39th, 1500-meter, 4:19.09), Anna Braswell (25th, 10K, 33:47.22), Maddie McHugh (27th, 800-meter, 2:05.23) and Shannon Ray (31st, 100-meter dash, 11.32).


Ole Miss is within just 10 points of the top-25 on the men’s side, where the Rebels lived for all of the 2017 outdoor season. A total of 10 Rebel marks are helping contribute to that No. 33 men’s ranking at 62.43 points, but none more so than senior All-American thrower Brian Williams.


Williams, who finished fourth in the discus at the USA Championships in 2017, enters with the top mark this season at an impressive toss of 65.13m (213-08) that ranked No. 5 in the United States and No. 15 worldwide last season. That mark won him an SEC title and set a new Ole Miss record by 25 feet. Williams sits three feet off the all-time top-10 in NCAA history, and that mark is helping contribute 36.28 of the 62.43 total points for the Rebel men.


He also is chipping in a fraction of a point with a No. 38 mark in the shot put at 18.30m (60-00.50). This indoor season, Williams broke his own school record in the shot put at 19.24m (63-01.50).


Other Rebel men helping out include Ryan Manahan (12th, 800-meter, 1:46.96; 40th, 1500-meter, 3:42.79), Robert Domanic (12th, 1500-meter, 3:40.95; 45th, 5K, 13:54.64), Trevor Gilley (21st, 1500-meter, 3:41.77), Sean Tobin (25th, 1500-meter, 3:42.07; 33rd, 800-meter, 1:47.99) and Cullen Prena (39th, hammer throw, 63.54m/208-05, from Oregon).


Unlike other sports, collegiate track and field does not use a poll, but rather a computer ranking system that uses an algorithm that emphasizes individual performances. The system utilizes performances from last season (and potentially older seasons for injured or redshirted athletes in 2017).


Ole Miss track & field opens the outdoor season this coming weekend in Los Angeles at the first-ever Trailblazer Challenge, this year hosted at USC. The meet features the five Division I high-major programs that have both the men’s and women’s teams coached by women: Miami (Amy Deem), Ohio State (Karen Dennis), Tennessee (Beth Alford-Sulivan), USC (Caryl Smith Gilbert), and Ole Miss’ own Connie Price-Smith.


No. 22 Ole Miss Women | USTFCCCA Rankings | 76.78 points

2. Janeah Stewart – Shot Put – 17.86m (58-07.25) – 31.31 points

7. Janeah Stewart – Hammer Throw – 64.69m (212-03) – 19.06 points

10. Lindsey Murray – Pole Vault – 4.34m (14-02.75) – 13.23 points

15. Janeah Stewart – Discus – 56.39m (185-00) – 6.63 points

21. Shelby Brown – 3000-Meter Steeplechase – 10:06.67 – 2.90 points

25. Anna Braswell – 10000-Meter – 33:47.22 – 1.23 points

27. Maddie McHugh – 800-Meter – 2:05.23 – 1.17 points

31. Shannon Ray – 100-Meter Dash – 11.32 (w2.5) – 0.90 points

39. Shelby Brown – 1500-Meter – 4:19.09 – 0.35 points


No. 33 Ole Miss Men | USTFCCCA Rankings | 62.43 points

1. Brian Williams – Discus – 65.13m (213-08) – 36.28 points

12. Ryan Manahan – 800-Meter – 1:46.96 – 9.89 points

12. Robert Domanic – 1500-Meter – 3:40.95 – 9.84 points

21. Trevor Gilley – 1500-Meter – 3:41.77 – 2.99 points

25. Sean Tobin – 1500-Meter – 3:42.07 – 1.34 points

33. Sean Tobin – 800-Meter – 1:47.99 – 0.80 points

38. Brian Williams – Shot Put – 18.30m (60-00.50) – 0.30 points

39. Cullen Prena – Hammer Throw – 63.54m (208-05) – 0.28 points

40. Ryan Manahan – 1500-Meter – 3:42.79 – 0.44 points

45. Robert Domanic – 5000-Meter – 13:54.64 – 0.27 points


USTFCCCA Women’s Preseason Top-25

1. Arkansas – 289.37

2. Oregon – 234.08

3. Georgia – 213.09

4. USC – 207.33

5. Texas – 199.58

6. Texas A&M – 191.69

7. Kansas State – 186.30

8. Florida – 170.69

9. LSU – 169.44

10. Stanford – 144.49

11. Minnesota – 139.82

12. Kentucky – 138.18

13. Purdue – 126.59

14. Arizona State – 120.09

15. Colorado – 113.35

16. Nebraska – 103.16

17. Oklahoma – 100.25

18. Michigan – 90.73

19. Florida State – 88.74

20. Virginia Tech – 81.07

21. San Diego State – 78.79

22. Ole Miss – 76.80

23. Tennessee – 76.15

24. Notre Dame – 75.75

25. Alabama – 73.03


USTFCCCA Men’s Preseason Top-25

1. Oregon – 197.97

2. Texas A&M – 197.75

3. Houston – 196.54

4. Florida – 184.72

5. Georgia – 182.27

6. Alabama – 179.75

7. USC – 178.28

8. Texas Tech – 172.46

9. Nebraska – 156.22

10. Kansas – 139.18

11. Arkansas – 131.63

12. Virginia Tech – 124.63

13. South Carolina – 124.41

14. Mississippi State – 124.01

15. Colorado State – 119.38

16. Penn State – 107.68

17. Stanford – 105.48

18. Auburn – 103.81

19. Texas – 102.38

20. Virginia – 102.06

21. UCLA – 98.80

22. Kentucky – 79.35

23. BYU – 76.45

24. Michigan – 73.55

25. Baylor – 72.80

33. Ole Miss – 62.43

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