Nationally Ranked Rebels to Compete at Tennessee Relays
Brian Williams
April 6, 2017


Meet Central | Live Results | Schedule | Ole Miss Meet Notes

Heat Sheets: Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Watch Live: Friday (2-6:40 p.m. CT) | Saturday (11 a.m.-3 p.m. CT)

OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss heads into its third week of the outdoor season at the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville, Thursday-Saturday.

The Rebel men are 15th and the women are 18th in this week's USTFCCCA national rankings. Ole Miss is one of 15 schools (eight in the SEC) with both its men and women in the top 20. The women have their highest outdoor national ranking since they finished 15th in 2008.

Head coach Connie Price-Smith's squads will encounter fellow ranked teams from Kentucky (No. 2 women), Florida State (No. 10 women), Tennessee (No. 12 women, No. 14 men) and Virginia Tech (No. 15 women, No. 18 men) in Knoxville, as well as teams from Duke, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Illinois, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio State, Rutgers, Southern Illinois and Vanderbilt.

The heptathlon and decathlon begin Thursday, along with the hammer throw, while all other events will take place Friday and Saturday. A live stream of the meet will be available on the WatchESPN/ESPN3 app from 2-6:40 p.m. CT on Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.

Head Coach Price-Smith Says:

"Tennessee Relays is a meet that has a great tradition. They just renovated their track, so it's the first one they've had in a couple of years. It should be a good meet with good competition. Hopefully we'll get a lot of good marks out of it and the weather will be nice."

Notables:

  • 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.
  • At last week's Florida Relays, Ole Miss athletes broke two school records, set 19 outdoor personal bests and recorded some of the nation's best times and marks this season.
  • JUCO transfer Brian Williams broke the school record in the discus for the second straight weekend, winning the Florida Relays competition with a mark of 60.95m/200-0, good for the SEC lead and No. 2 in the NCAA this year. 
  • Craig Engels made his outdoor season debut in the 800m and turned in a time of 1:46.96 that has him at No. 5 nationally and No. 10 in the world currently. 
  • Dempsey McGuigan is No. 6 nationally in the hammer throw with a mark of 69.45m/227-10, also at the Florida Relays.
  • After three weekends of competition, Ole Miss has 17 top-50 NCAA entries on the women's national qualifying list.
  • Raven Saunders holds the national and world lead in the shot put (18.51m/60-8.75) from the Joe Walker Invitational ... She was a 2016 Bowerman Finalist and Rio Olympian, as well as the SEC and NCAA outdoor shot put champion last year, setting meet records at both championships
  • JUCO transfer Janeah Stewart had an unbelievable weekend in Gainesville, recording outdoor personal bests in the shot put (16.90m/55-5.5), discus (56.39m/185-0) and hammer (64.69m/212-3), moving into the top seven in the nation in all three ... She broke the Ole Miss hammer throw record for the second straight weekend ... She is the SEC leader in the discus and ranks third in the league in the shot and hammer.
  • At last week's Stanford Invitational, Anna Braswell made her Ole Miss debut in the 10,000m with a time of 33:47.22 that ranks her No. 2 in school history and No. 17 in the NCAA this year.
  • Ole Miss had a great showing at the NCAA Indoor Championships, with the women tying for 12th (best in school history) and the men tying for 16th ... Raven Saunders won the NCAA shot put crown and broke her own collegiate record with a massive effort of 19.56m/64-2.25, while Ole Miss won its first relay national title with the DMR squad of Craig Engels, Nick DeRay, Sean Tobin and Robert Domanic.

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