Track Teams Head South for SEC Relays
April 27, 2017

Meet Info | Schedule | Live Results | Heat Sheets | Ole Miss Meet Notes

OXFORD, Miss. – This weekend presents a new and fun challenge for the nationally ranked Ole Miss track & field teams. Nine Southeastern Conference schools will battle it out for bragging rights in the first SEC Relays, hosted by LSU at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

The nine schools will be scored in the following men’s and women’s events: 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay, 4x400m relay, 4x800m relay, sprint medley relay, distance medley relay, shuttle hurdle relay, jumps “relay” and throws “relay.” The top eight teams will score (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1) in each of the events. The jumps relay will consist of high jump, pole vault, long jump and triple jump, while the throws relay includes shot put, discus, javelin and hammer. Team scores will be tallied by institution without separation by gender.

Representing the nine schools are the following men’s teams: No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 5 Alabama, No. 6 LSU, No. 15 Arkansas, No. 17 Ole Miss, No. 20 Kentucky, No. 21 Tennessee and Mississippi State. Women’s teams include No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 3 Arkansas, No. 4 LSU, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 10 Alabama, No. 17 Ole Miss, No. 23 Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

The two-day meet gets underway Friday at 3 p.m. CT. Saturday’s events begin at 10:30 a.m.

Both Rebel squads are currently ranked 17th in the country under second-year head coach Connie Price-Smith.

The men and women both have several contenders for SEC and national titles in their premier events, including current SEC statistical leaders Craig Engels (men’s 1500m), MJ Erb (men’s steeplechase), Brian Williams (men’s discus), Raven Saunders (women’s shot put) and Janeah Stewart (women’s discus).

The Rebels will host the Ole Miss Classic on May 6 before championship season begins with the SEC Championships (May 11-13 in Columbia, S.C.), followed by the NCAA East Preliminary (May 25-27 in Lexington, Ky.) and NCAA Championships (June 7-10 in Eugene, Ore.).

Head Coach Connie Price-Smith Says:

“We are excited about the meet this weekend. It should be a really good competition with our SEC rivals and a good tune-up for the conference meet in a couple of weeks.”

Notables:

  • The Ole Miss men and women are both ranked 17th in this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings ... The women equaled their best outdoor ranking in program history in week 3 at No. 15 (finished 15th in 2008).
  • 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.
  • So far this outdoor season, Rebel athletes have broken six school records a total of nine times.
  • As of April 27, Ole Miss would qualify for 15 men’s entries and 25 women’s entries in the NCAA East Preliminary.
  • Ole Miss athletes top the SEC in five events - men’s 1500m (Craig Engels), men’s steeplechase (MJ Erb), men’s discus (Brian Williams), women’s shot put (Raven Saunders) and women’s discus (Janeah Stewart).
  • Senior Craig Engels is No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the world in the 1500m (3:37.75 at Bryan Clay Invitational), while he ranks ninth nationally and No. 2 in the SEC in the 800m (1:46.96 at Florida Relays).
  • Senior MJ Erb ran the second-fastest steeplechase time in the country (8:41.03) at the Mt. SAC Relays.
  • JUCO transfer Brian Williams has broken the Ole Miss discus record three times in 2017 ... He won the Tennessee Relays with a throw of 61.13m/200-7 that ranks him No. 6 in the NCAA this year.
  • Senior Dempsey McGuigan is sixth nationally with a school-record hammer throw (70.55m/231-5 at Mt. SAC).
  • Junior Raven Saunders holds the shot put national lead and No. 4 in the world (18.51m/60-8.75 at 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 has set PRs in shot put, discus and hammer this spring, ranking top nine in the NCAA in all three ... She has broken the Ole Miss hammer throw record twice ... Her shot put PR of 17.86m/58-7.25 at the Tennessee Relays is No. 5 in the NCAA and No. 14 in the world this year.
  • Other school records this year are by junior Shelby Brown (10:14.20 3000m steeplechase; 4:19.09 1500m) and senior Mary Alex England (16:12.19 5000m).
  • Ole Miss ranks No. 2 nationally in the USTFCCCA event rankings in both the men’s 1500m and women’s 10K.

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