Ole Miss to Square Off Against Top Teams at Texas Invitational
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April 14, 2016

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OXFORD, Miss. –
Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith will take her squad of impressive track & field athletes to Austin, Texas, this weekend to mix it up with some of the nation’s best at the 2016 Texas Invitational.

Joining the Rebels at Mike A. Myers Stadium will be the following men’s teams: No. 4 Texas, No. 5 LSU, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 18 Penn State, No. 24 TCU, Auburn, Iowa, Nebraska and UTSA. Women’s teams with whom the Rebels will rub spikes include No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 LSU, No. 7 Texas, No. 24 Auburn, Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, Stephen F. Austin, TCU and UTSA.

The meet, which will be jam-packed with events from 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, will feature team scoring following the NCAA championship format (10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).

After breaking 10 school records during the indoor season, Ole Miss athletes have already taken down five all-time Rebel records at the midpoint of the outdoor campaign. They will look to take advantage of the high-quality competition and add to that total Saturday, especially with the expected outdoor season debuts of distance standouts Robert Domanic and Ryan Manahan.

Ole Miss has numerous athletes ranked among the top 25 in the nation in various events, including the national leader in the women’s shot put (Raven Saunders, 18.75m/61-6.25) and two of the top four men in the 1500 meters (Craig Engels, 2nd, 3:38.82; Trevor Gilley, 4th, 3:41.77).

Following the Texas Invitational, Ole Miss will have two more weekends of competition before the May 12-14 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships.

Head Coach Connie Price-Smith Says:

“We have a full squad traveling this weekend, so it will be exciting to watch everyone compete. The lineup of competing schools will make for a tough meet, but I believe that we are ready. The athletes have been working hard, and the fact that this is a scored meet will give us a chance to see where we are. We have athletes that are high in the national rankings and so do the other schools, so the competition should be great.”


  • This is the inaugural season of the Connie Price-Smith era at Ole Miss.
  • Ole Miss has numerous athletes ranked among the nation’s best at the midpoint of the outdoor season.
  • 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. 3 on this year’s world outdoor shot put rankings after finishing the indoor season at No. 5 in the world.
  • Saunders has the top four shot put marks in the NCAA this outdoor season ... Combining the 2016 indoor and outdoor seasons, she owns the NCAA’s best 15 puts of the year.
  • 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 2-4 in the NCAA so far this year, while Engels is eighth in the world rankings.
  • For the fifth time in his two-year career, sophomore Dempsey McGuigan’s broke the Ole Miss hammer throw record, this time with a huge PR of 69.59m/228-4 at the Tiger Track Classic that ranks him sixth in the NCAA.
  • 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. 13 in the NCAA this year.
  • Suleman, a senior from Antioch, California, ran personal bests of 11.39 in the 100m (18th in NCAA) and 23.37 in the 200m (32nd in NCAA) at the Arkansas Spring Invitational.
  • Sophomore Lindsey Murray 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.
  • Indoor standouts Robert Domanic, Ryan Manahan and Ryan Walling have yet to make their 2016 outdoor debuts ... Domanic and Manahan are expected to do so this weekend.

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