Saunders Claims SEC Weekly Honor For Seventh Time
March 28, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After a world-leading shot put at the Joe Walker Invitational over the weekend, Raven Saunders has been named Southeastern Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week.

It’s a familiar honor for Saunders, who picks up the award for the seventh time in her two-year Ole Miss career (five times indoors, twice outdoors).

With Ole Miss hosting its first home meet since Saunders joined the team, it was her first chance to take a crack at the facility record, and boy did she. The third attempt for the junior from Charleston, South Carolina, traveled 18.51m/60-8.75 to shatter a 13-year-old facility record.

Saunders now has the longest heave in the world this outdoor season after producing the best shot put in the world for the indoor season as well – a collegiate-record 19.56m/64-2.25.

Competing in all three of her throwing events in one day, Saunders saved plenty of strength for the final event, actually throwing the top four shot puts by an NCAA woman over the weekend.

She also won the discus competition with a distance of 54.91m/180-2 that ranks her No. 9 in the NCAA so far this year, and she was sixth in a world-class hammer throw competition with a toss of 55.61m/182-5.

The Rebels are back in action this weekend at the Pepsi Florida Relays on Friday and Saturday.

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