April 27, 2018
BATON ROUGE, La. – Ole Miss men’s and women’s track & field heads down to the bayou for one last regular season meet before the conference championships with the LSU Invite on Saturday.
• Ole Miss ranks in the national top-25 on both the men’s and women’s side for the first time this outdoor season, with both sitting at No. 19.
• The Rebel men made the largest jump up in the national rankings of any NCAA team this week, launching up 18 spots from No. 37 to No. 19.
• The jump to No. 19 marks the first time the Rebel men have been within the top-25 since the final week of the 2017 outdoor season.
• The Rebel women moved up five slots to No. 19, the first time cracking the top-20 this outdoor season.
• Since the USTFCCCA National Computer Rankings began in 2008, Ole Miss has been ranked in the top-25 on the men’s and women’s side simultaneously 13 times, all of which have occurred since head coach Connie Price-Smith arrived in 2016.
• The Rebel women have ranked in 15-straight outdoor rankings releases dating back to Price-Smith’s first season.
• Throughout the Price-Smith era, the Rebel women have ranked in 18 of the 25 total rankings releases from the USTFCCCA.
• Ole Miss still ranks in the top-10 of four events in the USTFCCCA #EventSquad rankings: No. 2 in the men’s 1500 (3:40.87 average), No. 4 in the women’s hammer (59.54m/195-4 average), No. 5 in the men’s 800 (1:49.53 average) and No. 10 in the women’s 5K (16:34.32 average).
• Ole Miss currently holds 23 total national top-50 marks or times (12 women, 11 men), with 41 total within the NCAA East Region top-48 (23 women, 19 men).
• Ole Miss is coming off a successful weekend at three meets across two different states, with the Rebel distance runners out in California at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Bryan Clay Invite, with the remainder of the Ole MIss squad at Auburn’s War Eagle Invite.
• Ole Miss broke two school records out in California: Robert Domanic in the men’s 1500-meter (3:36.33) at Bryan Clay, and Shelby Brown in the elite section of the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase (9:58.98) at Mt. SAC. Domanic was part of a historic final heat of the 1500, which included three of the 10 fastest 1500 times in NCAA history -- with his time coming in at No. 9 all-time collegiately and No. 1 in the United States this season.
• The Rebels had a superb weekend, despite the weather, at the Joe Walker Invite on April 13-14 -- the final home meet for Ole Miss in 2018. The Rebels came away with 15 total event wins across two days of action, which featured two exciting men’s races in the 800 and 1500 that led to several times that will likely qualify for the NCAA East Regional.
• The prior week, Ole Miss traveled out to Georgia for the Spec Towns Invite, where the Rebels snagged five total event titles.
• Ole Miss hosted its first home meet of the season on March 31, the Ole Miss Classic, where the Rebels claimed nine total event titles -- including six alone on the women’s side.
• The Rebels opened the season with two narrow scored team battles at the inaugural Trailblazer Challenge in Los Angeles on March 23-24, which featured the five Power-5 schools that have women in charge of combined men’s and women’s track & field programs: Miami (Amy Deem), Ohio State (Karen Dennis), Tennessee (Beth Alford-Sullivan), USC (Caryl Smith Gilbert), and Ole Miss’ own Connie Price-Smith.
• The No. 22 Rebel women fell in a tight battle with No. 4 USC, 148-141, while the men finished second to Ohio State, 152-113, while beating out the reigning indoor national runners-up, No. 7 USC (102).
• Ole Miss is coming off an indoor season that ended with one First-Team All-American (Janeah Stewart, weight throw, third place) and seven Second-Team honorees. Price-Smith’s squad also came away with two SEC individual titles (women’s weight throw, men’s mile).
• Ole Miss returns two All-Americans from the outdoor season in 2017 in Janeah Stewart (shot put, First-Team; discus and hammer, Second-Team) and Brian Williams (discus, First-Team).
• Ole Miss finished the 2017 season ranked within the top-10 in both the men’s and women’s USTFCCCA Program of the Year standings, with both Rebel squads finishing a program-high in the rankings. Ole Miss was one of three programs nationally to have both its men’s and women’s programs finish in the top-10 with the men in third and the women in eighth.
• Senior Shelby Brown broke her own school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase by eight seconds out at the Mt. SAC Relays, becoming the first Rebel to ever break 10 minutes at an SEC-leading 9:58.98 (third in the East Region, seventh nationally).
• Brown is also coming off a very strong open in the 1500-meter at the Ole Miss Classic on March 31, where she won at a time of 4:20.47 -- just barely off her school-record time of 4:19.09 from 2017. Brown currently ranks fifth in the SEC, 23rd in the East Region and 40th overall in the NCAA at that time.
• Freshman Lisa Vogelgesang also ran a national top-50 time in the steeplechase, running 10:22.93 at Mt. SAC to rank 46th nationally, 23rd in the East Region and sixth in the SEC. This was the first career steeplechase for Vogelgesang, who already ranks third all-time at Ole Miss.
• Fellow freshman distance runner Clio Ozanne-Jaques also had a strong performance out at Mt. SAC, running the second-fastest 5K in school history at 16:13.82 to rank No. 23 in the East Region. Senior Emily Bean was in the same heat, running an 11-second PR at 16:19.70 -- the third-fastest ever at Ole Miss and No. 32 in the East Region.
• Senior Janeah Stewart still leads the Rebels with 52.8 of the 89.90 total points that the No. 19 Ole Miss women are receiving at her season-bests in the hammer (fourth, school-record 67.70m/222-01), shot put (fifth, 17.64m/57-10.50) and discus (20th, 54.78m/179-08).
• Stewart ranks in the national top-20 in all three, sitting fourth in the hammer, fifth in the shot put and 20th in the discus. Stewart was one of two to triple at the national meet in 2017 alongside Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen, who leads the NCAA in all three this season.
• Stewart also ranks in the top-10 regionally in all three, sitting second in both the shot and hammer, while ranking eighth in the discus.
• Stewart ranks second all-time at Ole Miss in both the shot put (17.86m/58-07.25) and discus (56.39m/185-00), and she broke her own school record in the hammer by 10 feet in the season-opener in LA.
• Outdoors in 2017, Stewart finished First-Team All-American in the shot put (fifth place), and Second-Team in both the discus (ninth) and hammer (10th).
• Stewart finished the indoor season as the No. 5 weight thrower in the history of the NCAA at 24.12m (79-01.75). Three of the top-10 weight throwers on the NCAA all-time top-10 are pupils of head coach Connie Price-Smith and throws coach John Smith.
• Senior sprinters Shannon Ray and Jolie Carbo won five total event titles between them two weeks ago at the Joe Walker Invite. Ray swept the 100 and 200, Carbo took the 400, and both were members of the winning 4x100-meter relay team.
• Both have their hands on three different national top-50 times. Ray sits 19th in the 100-meter at a PR time of 11.25 seconds, with Carbo No. 30 in the 400-meter at a career-best 52.87. Both have also run the final two legs of two different top-50 4x100-meter relays that rank 20th (44.10; Nicole Henderson, Alia Holmes, Carbo, Ray) and 34th (44.61; Henderson, Mercedes Mattix, Carbo, Ray).
• Indoors in 2018, Carbo became one of just four Rebel women to ever break 54 seconds in the 400. On the outdoor Ole Miss list, Carbo is one of just five Rebel women to ever break 53 seconds.
• Both Henderson and Ray were members of the 2017 4x100-meter relay team that qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
• Ray came within one-hundredth of a second of the all-time Ole Miss school record in the 100-meter dash in the season open at the Trailblazer Challenge, running the 11th-fastest time in the nation at 11.25 seconds (wind: 3.5). The Ole Miss record of 11.24 belongs to Teneeshia Jones, who ran it on Jun. 18, 2000, in Chapel Hill, N.C. with a 0.5 wind.
• Redshirt junior Lindsey Murray set a season-best in the pole vault two weeks ago at 4.18m (13-08.50), currently the 22nd-best in the NCAA and 12th in the East Region.
• Murray missed the 2017 outdoor season due to injury, but is coming off yet another appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, where she was the lone senior in competition to have qualified for the national meet all four years. She entered the 2018 outdoor season with the 10th-best PR nationally at her school-record height of 4.34m (14-02.75) from 2016.
• Junior Maddie McHugh was named the SEC Women’s Runner of the Week after an exciting 800 win at the Trailblazer Challenge to open the season, edging out Miami’s Kayla Johnson at the finish line at 2:06.12 -- her best 800 open of her career. McHugh currently ranks fourth in the SEC while ranking 17th overall in the East Region and 29th in the nation at that time.
• Sophomore Kieshonna Brooks set a PR in the heptathlon for the second-straight week at the Joe Walker Invite on April 14, eclipsing 5,000 points for the first time in her career at 5,057 – breaking her own national record in her native Saint Kitts and Nevis. Brooks has held the national record there since the SEC Outdoor Championships in 2017.
• Other Rebels ranked within the East Region top-48 include: Lanae Newsome in the triple jump (37th, 12.51m/41-00.50), Maddie McHugh in the 1500-meter (39th, 4:21.61), Hannah Christen in the steeplechase (39th, 10:31.73), Katy McAuley in the pole vault (41st, 3.96m/12-11.75), Kaira Simmons in the long jump (41st, 6.06m/19-10.75), the 4x400-meter relay of Carbo, Jasmin Allen, Orianna Shaw, Mercedes Mattix (43rd, 3:40.00), Annika Larsson in the hammer (45th, 57.18m/187-07) and Shannon Ray in the 200-meter dash (48th, 23.59).
• Four Rebel men’s marks or times are contributing 93.29 of the total 99.12 points the No. 19 Rebel men are receiving in the latest USTFCCCA rankings.
• Senior Robert Domanic ran the ninth-fastest 1500-meter time in NCAA history in one of the fastest heats ever out at the Bryan Clay Invite. Domanic finished third at a new four-second PR and school-record time of 3:36.33 – the top time in the United States and No. 12 in the world this season – behind a new NCAA record by New Mexico’s Josh Kerr (3:35.01) and Syracuse’s Justyn Knight (3:36.07), who both are foreign-born runners. Domanic is one of 15 collegiate runners to ever break 3:37 in the 1500.
• Domanic broke Craig Engels’ previous Ole Miss record of 3:37.66 from the 2016 Olympic Trials and ranks second in SEC history behind Arkansas’ Joe Falcon, who ran 3:35.84 in 1988.
• Domanic leads the United States and the SEC while ranking second in the East and third nationally, contributing 28.27 points in the USTFCCCA formula for the No. 19 Rebel men. When counting only outdoor times, Domanic ranks No. 8 in the world.
• Freshman Waleed Suliman won his second-straight SEC Freshman of the Week award after becoming the third Rebel to ever break 3:40 in the 1500, running the third-fastest time ever behind Domanic and Engels at 3:39.76 out at the Bryan Clay Invite. Suliman’s time was No. 2 in Ole Miss history before Domanic’s school record, run just minutes later in that historic final heat.
• Currently, Suliman’s 1500-time ranks No. 2 in the SEC, No. 3 in the East Region, No. 9 in the NCAA and No. 12 in the United States.
• Domanic, Suliman, Sean Tobin (3:42.82, 28th NCAA, 10th East) and Cade Bethmann (3:44.56, 28th East) are all contributing to a No. 2 national ranking in the men’s 1500 for Ole Miss in the USTFCCCA #EventSquad rankings. Those four times have an average of 3:40.87.
• Seven Rebel men have run 3:45 or better in the 1500-meter, and all six currently rank within the NCAA East Region top-48. The other three Rebel men are Trevor Gilley (3:44.81, 35th East), Parker Scott (3:45.42, 46th East) and Everett Smulders (3:45.45, 48th East).
• Suliman is contributing 38.58 points on his own when counting his 800 time from two weeks ago of 1:47.29, still the top time nationally by a freshman that leads the East Region, ranks second in the SEC and fifth in the NCAA. Throughout the outdoor season alone, Suliman’s 800 time also sits at No. 6 in the United States.
• Five Ole Miss men have run sub-1:51 in the 800-meter, and all five are freshmen: Suliman, Griffin Riley (1:50.02, 41st East), Everett Smulders (1:50.33, 46th East), Cade Bethmann (1:50.47) and John Rivera Jr. (1:50.72).
• The top-four 800-meter times are contributing to a 1:49.53 average, putting Ole Miss at No. 4 nationally in the #EventSquad rankings.
• Ole Miss clocked two national top-50 steeplechase times last week as well from Sean Tobin at an SEC-leading 8:53.09 (25th NCAA, seventh East) and Parker Scott at 8:55.63 (35th NCAA, 12 East, third SEC).
• Senior Brian Williams swept both of his throwing events at his final home meet as a Rebel, winning the shot put and discus at the Joe Walker Invite two weeks ago.
• Williams ranks No. 4 nationally in the discus at 61.20m (200-09), his season-opening toss to win at the Trailblazer Challenge. That mark still leads the SEC and ranks No. 3 in the East Region.
• Williams’ season-best and school record in the shot put of 18.67m (61-03.00) ranks eighth in the SEC, 15th in the East and 25th in the NCAA.
• That throw in the shot put broke the 2009 school record of 18.51m (60-08.75) set by Derek McGuire.
• Williams holds a monster PR in the discus of 65.13m (213-08) from 2017, which won him an SEC title and broke the Ole Miss school record by 25 feet. It ended the year ranked No. 5 in the United States and No. 15 worldwide, earning him a spot at the USA Outdoor Championships last summer, where he finished fourth in the nation at 60.55m (198-08).
• Williams was a First-Team All-American in the discus in 2017 after a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at 59.95m (196-08).
• Other Rebel men holding NCAA top-50 marks include Allen Gordon in both the high jump (27th NCAA, 16th East, 2.16m/7-1) and long jump (48th NCAA, 25th East, 7.62m/25-0) and Cullen Prena in the discus (27th NCAA, 16th East, 56.28m/184-8).
• Other Rebel men ranking within the top-48 of the NCAA East Region include: Manny Foster in the long jump (35th, 7.52m/24-08.25) and Peyton Weissmann in the pole vault (38th, 5.05m/16-06.75) and Prena in the hammer (39th, 61.26m/201-00).
Rebel Women in Competition:
100-Meter: Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray
200-Meter: Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray
400-Meter: Jasmin Allen, Jolie Carbo, Mercedes Mattix, Aisha Newsome, Orianna Shaw, Porsha Shirley
800-Meter: Maddie McHugh
1500-Meter: Lexi King, Maddie Nikkel
100-Meter Hurdles: Kieshonna Brooks, Jeanette Paul
4x100-Meter Relay: Nicole Henderson, Jolie Carbo, Jeanette Paul, Shannon Ray
4x400-Meter Relay: Jolie Carbo, Jasmin Allen, Aisha Newsome, Mercedes Mattix
High Jump: Jasmine Cherry, Haley Hood, Ghania Warren
Pole Vault: Sandra Brown, Nicole Kallenberger, Katy McAuley, Lindsey Murray
Long Jump: Ralesheia Gee, Ghania Warren
Triple Jump: Lanae Newsome
Shot Put: Leah Klein, Shey Taiwo
Discus: Leah Klein, Janeah Stewart, Shey Taiwo
Hammer: Kendall Chavarria, Annika Larsson, Janeah Stewart, Shey Taiwo
Javelin: Alex Enright
Rebel Men in Competition:
100-Meter: Courtland Barnes
200-Meter: Andrew Raspo
400-Meter: Alvin Westbrook
800-Meter: Griffin Riley, John Rivera Jr.
5K: Nolan Hesse
400-Meter Hurdles: Christian Yancey
4x100-Meter Relay: Andrew Raspo, Manny Foster, Alvin Westbrook, Courtland Barnes
Pole Vault: Cole Colozzo, Austin Garrett, Peyton Weissmann
Triple Jump: Fraquan Gaines
Shot Put: Brian Williams
Discus: Cullen Prena, Brian Williams
Hammer: Chris Long, Cullen Prena
No. 19 Rebel Women | NCAA Top-50
4. Janeah Stewart – Hammer – 67.70m (222-01)
5. Janeah Stewart – Shot Put – 17.64m (57-10.50)
7. Shelby Brown – 3000-Meter Steeplechase – 9:58.98
19. Shannon Ray – 100-Meter Dash – 11.25 (w3.5)
20. Janeah Stewart – Discus – 54.78m (179-09)
20. 4x100-Meter Relay (Henderson, Holmes, Carbo, Ray) – 44.10
22. Lindsey Murray – Pole Vault – 4.18m (13-08.50)
29. Maddie McHugh – 800-Meter – 2:06.12
30. Jolie Carbo – 400-Meter Dash – 52.87
34. 4x100-Meter Relay (Henderson, Mattix, Carbo, Ray) – 44.61
40. Shelby Brown – 1500-Meter – 4:20.47
46. Lisa Vogelgesang – 3000-Meter Steeplechase – 10:22.93
No. 19 Rebel Women | NCAA East Region Top-48
2. Janeah Stewart – Shot Put – 17.64m (57-10.50)
2. Janeah Stewart – Hammer – 67.70m (222-01)
3. Shelby Brown – 3000-Meter Steeplechase – 9:58.98
8. Janeah Stewart – Discus – 54.78m (179-09)
12. Shannon Ray – 100-Meter Dash – 11.25 (w3.5)
12. Lindsey Murray – Pole Vault – 4.18m (13-08.50)
13. 4x100-Meter Relay (Henderson, Holmes, Carbo, Ray) – 44.10
14. Jolie Carbo – 400-Meter Dash – 52.87
17. Maddie McHugh – 800-Meter – 2:06.12
18. 4x100-Meter Relay (Henderson, Mattix, Carbo, Ray) – 44.61
23. Shelby Brown – 1500-Meter – 4:20.47
23. Lisa Vogelgesang – 3000-Meter Steeplechase – 10:22.93
23. Clio Ozanne-Jaques – 5K – 16:13.82
24. Kieshonna Brooks – Heptathlon – 5,057
32. Emily Bean – 5K – 16:19.70
37. Lanae Newsome – Triple Jump – 12.51m (41-00.50)
39. Maddie McHugh – 1500-Meter – 4:21.61
39. Hannah Christen – 3000-Meter Steeplechase – 10:31.73
41. Katy McAuley – Pole Vault – 3.96m (12-11.75)
41. Kaira Simmons – Long Jump – 6.06m (19-10.75)
43. 4x400-Meter Relay (Carbo, Allen, Shaw, Mattix) – 3:40.00
45. Annika Larsson – Hammer – 57.18m (187-07)
48. Shannon Ray – 200-Meter Dash – 23.59 (w1.2)
No. 19 Rebel Women’s #EventSquad Top-10 Rankings:
Average of top-four marks or times per team in each event nationally
4. Hammer Throw
Average: 59.54m (195-04) // Total: 238.17m (781-04)
Janeah Stewart – 67.70m (222-01)
Annika Larsson – 57.18m (187-07)
Kendall Chavarria – 56.91m (186-08)
Shey Taiwo – 56.38m (184-11)
Average: 16:34.32 // Total: 1:6:17
Clio Ozanne-Jaques – 16:13.82
Emily Bean – 16:19.70
Maddie King – 16:51.34
Nicole Rice – 16:52.42
No. 19 Rebel Men | NCAA Top-50
3. Robert Domanic – 1500-Meter – 3:36.33
4. Brian Williams – Discus – 61.20m (200-09)
5. Waleed Suliman – 800-Meter – 1:47.29
9. Waleed Suliman – 1500-Meter – 3:39.76
25. Sean Tobin – 3000-Meter Steeplechase – 8:53.09
25. Brian Williams – Shot Put – 18.67m (61-03.00)
27. Allen Gordon – High Jump – 2.16m (7-01.00)
27. Cullen Prena – Discus – 56.28m (184-08)
28. Sean Tobin – 1500-Meter – 3:42.82
35. Parker Scott – 3000-Meter Steeplechase – 8:55.63
46. Parker Scott – 1500-Meter – 3:45.42
48. Allen Gordon – Long Jump – 7.62m (25-00.00)
No. 19 Rebel Men | NCAA East Region Top-48
1. Waleed Suliman – 800-Meter – 1:47.29
2. Robert Domanic – 1500-Meter – 3:36.33
3. Waleed Suliman – 1500-Meter – 3:39.76
3. Brian Williams – Discus – 61.20m (200-09)
7. Sean Tobin – 3000-Meter Steeplechase – 8:53.09
10. Sean Tobin – 1500-Meter – 3:42.82
12. Parker Scott – 3000-Meter Steeplechase – 8:55.63
15. Brian Williams – Shot Put – 18.67m (61-03.00)
16. Allen Gordon – High Jump – 2.16m (7-01.00)
16. Cullen Prena – Discus – 56.28m (184-08)
25. Allen Gordon – Long Jump – 7.62m (25-00.00)
28. Cade Bethmann – 1500-Meter – 3:44.56
35. Trevor Gilley – 1500-Meter – 3:44.81
35. Manny Foster – Long Jump – 7.52m (24-08.25)
38. Peyton Weissmann – Pole Vault – 5.05m (16-06.75)
39. Cullen Prena – Hammer – 61.26m (201-00)
41. Griffin Riley – 800-Meter – 1:50.02
46. Everett Smulders – 800-Meter – 1:50.33
48. Everett Smulders – 1500-Meter – 3:45.45
No. 19 Rebel Men’s #EventSquad Top-10 Rankings:
Average of top-four marks or times per team in each event nationally
Average: 3:40.87 // Total: 14:43.4
Robert Domanic – 3:36.33
Waleed Suliman – 3:39.76
Sean Tobin – 3:42.82
Cade Bethmann – 3:44.56
Average: 1:49.53 // Total: 7:18.11
Waleed Suliman – 1:47.29
Griffin Riley – 1:50.02
Everett Smulders – 1:50.33
Cade Bethmann – 1:50.47
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