Rebel Track & Field Heads to Auburn
Holland Sherrer (photo by Joshua McCoy)
April 7, 2016

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OXFORD, Miss. –
The fourth weekend of the 2016 Ole Miss outdoor track & field campaign will feature a trip to Auburn for the Tiger Track Classic.

The meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hutsell-Rosen Track on Auburn University’s campus, will feature some of the nation’s top track & field talent. The No. 22 Middle Tennessee men and No. 21 Auburn women will be joined by the likes of Clemson, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Michigan, Memphis, Southern Illinois, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt, among others.

Eight events will be contested on Friday, beginning at 2 p.m. CT with the men’s hammer throw. The bulk of the meet is scheduled to take place Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Ole Miss will rest some of its top athletes this weekend, including many of the men’s and women’s distance runners who blazed the tracks in Florida and California last weekend. The athletes competing this weekend will look to improve on their season and career best marks against a strong field of competition, nonetheless.

The Rebels currently rank top 25 nationally in three men’s events (five athletes) and seven women’s events (eight athletes). Leading the way are Craig Engels (2nd in 1500m, 3:38.82), Trevor Gilley (3rd in 1500m, 3:41.77) and Dempsey McGuigan (9th in hammer throw, 68.15m/223-7) on the men’s side, and Raven Saunders (1st in shot put, 18.75m/61-6.25; 7th in discus, 56.85m/186-6) on the women’s side.

Head Coach Connie Price-Smith Says:

“We actually get to face a number of teams this weekend that we don’t usually compete against, so I’m expecting a good meet with strong competition across the board. I’m looking for our athletes to keep improving and put up some more personal bests and qualifying times for regionals.”

Notables:

  • This is the inaugural season of the Connie Price-Smith era at Ole Miss.
  • Sophomore Raven Saunders has already posted personal bests in the shot put, discus and hammer throw this year - setting school records in the shot (18.75m/61-6.25) and discus (56.85m/186-6) and ranking No. 2 in school history in the hammer (56.91m/186-8).
  • Her shot put PR at the Alabama Relays moved her up to No. 7 on the all-time women’s collegiate outdoor list.
  • Saunders now has the best indoor and outdoor shot put marks ever by an SEC woman.
  • Saunders is currently No. 2 on this year’s world outdoor shot put rankings after finishing the indoor season at No. 5 in the world.
  • Sophomore Craig Engels and junior Trevor Gilley had breakthrough performances in the 1500m at the Florida Relays ... Engels broke his own school record by running 3:38.82, while Gilley ran 3:41.77, good for No. 2 in school history ... They rank 2-3 in the NCAA so far this year, while Engels is sixth in the world rankings.
  • Sophomore Dempsey McGuigan’s school-record hammer throw of 68.15m/223-7 at the Alabama Relays would have been good enough to rank No. 12 among all collegiate men at the end of last year ... He’s No. 9 currently.
  • Sophomore Emily Bean shattered the women’s 10,000m school record with her 33:39.36 at the Stanford Invite.
  • The women’s 4x100m relay returns three of four legs from last year’s NCAA outdoor finals squad ... The quartet of Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Breanna Tate and Khadijah Suleman ran a season-best 44.03 at the Florida Relays and rank No. 12 in the NCAA this year.
  • Suleman, a senior from Antioch, California, ran personal bests of 11.39 in the 100m (14th in NCAA) and 23.37 in the 200m (22nd in NCAA) at the Arkansas Spring Invitational.
  • Sophomore Lindsey Murray’s has equalled her season-best pole vault of 4.20m/13-9.25 (14th in NCAA) at both Arkansas and Florida ... She is a half-inch shy of Neal Tisher’s women’s school record set in 2011.
  • The Rebel men captured four event titles at the SEC Indoor Championships en route to their best team finish in school history (third place, 80.5 points). The 1983 and 1984 squads also finished third at the SEC indoor meet, with a lower point total.
  • The Rebels’ six indoor All-Americans in 2016 were tied for the most in a season in school history.
  • Returning men’s All-Americans (indoor, outdoor or cross country) include Robert Domanic, Craig Engels, MJ Erb, Branden Greene, Derek Gutierrez, Ryan Manahan, Sean Tobin and Ryan Walling.
  • Returning women’s All-Americans (indoor or outdoor) include Nicole Henderson, Lindsey Murray, Shannon Ray, Raven Saunders and Khadijah Suleman.
  • Indoor standouts Domanic, Manahan and Walling have yet to make their 2016 outdoor debuts.
For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissTrack, as well as Facebook and Instagram.
 

 

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