Rebels Head to Atlanta for Yellow Jacket Invitational
McKenna Coughlin (photo by Joshua McCoy)
March 26, 2015

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OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss track & field team heads east this weekend for the 2015 Yellow Jacket Invitational on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta.

The second weekend of outdoor competition will be held at Georgia Tech's George C. Griffin Track. The men's and women's 5,000 meter races will take place Friday night, while all other events will be held Saturday.

Several schools from the southeast region will be in attendance, including the host Yellow Jackets and the top-10 ranked Georgia Bulldog men and women.

"It's our first time competing at the Yellow Jacket Invitational and we know it will be very competitive," Rebel head coach Brian O'Neal said. "Over the years, Georgia Tech has put on great meets. I have great memories of competing there in the past, and we're glad to be returning for the first time since 2002. Rebel Nation is well-represented in Atlanta and we look forward to all the alums, family and friends that can come out and watch us compete."

O'Neal's team sent a smaller group of athletes to the season opener in Tuscaloosa last weekend, but still came away with some promising results.

Freshman Shannon Ray and senior Jhorden Hunter finished first and second in the 100 meters and led the women's 4x100-meter relay team to the Alabama Relays title to highlight the team's performances.

After the opening weekend of competition, Rebels who rank among the NCAA's early-season bests include that 4x100 squad (6th, 44.73), Ray in the 100 (17th, 11.74), Nathan Loe in the men's hammer throw (15th, 202-3) and Adam Aguirre in the men's high jump (24th, 6-8.75). The relay's time of 44.73 is believed to be the fastest ever run by the Ole Miss women in March.

Ole Miss will send a larger portion of its team to Atlanta this weekend.

"As we start week two, we're going to mix in some of our veterans with the youngsters from last weekend, and look for improvement," O'Neal said. "I know it sounds cliché, but we want to get better week to week, and we want to compete at a high level and at the end of the day make sure Rebel Nation is proud of us."

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissTrack and on Facebook at Ole Miss Track. And follow Coach O'Neal at @CoachBrianOneal.






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