Nationally Ranked Rebels Head to Memphis, Stanford
Mary Alex England (photo by Joshua McCoy)
April 28, 2016

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OXFORD, Miss. – The final weekend of the outdoor track & field regular season is here for the No. 20 Ole Miss men and No. 24 Ole Miss women, as the Rebels head to Saturday’s Memphis Invitational (Memphis, Tenn.) and Sunday’s Payton Jordan Invitational (Stanford, Calif.).

One of 10 schools whose men and women are both ranked in the top 25 of this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings, Ole Miss will send most of its athletes to Memphis, while several of the men’s and women’s distance runners will be gunning for school records and NCAA regional qualifying marks at Stanford.

Although rain is in the forecast for Memphis this weekend, Saturday’s competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT and run throughout the day. The men’s and women’s hammer throw will be contested Friday afternoon.

The Payton Jordan Invitational will feature many of the top distance runners in the country, competing in the 800, 1500, 5000, 10,000 and steeplechase throughout Sunday afternoon and evening. Ole Miss records could fall in both the men’s and women’s 5000 meters, with the Rebels running six men (Robert Domanic, MJ Erb, Wesley Gallagher, Trevor Gilley, Sean Tobin, Ryan Walling) and four women (Emily Bean, Mary Alex England, Bo Ummels, Britt Ummels).

Head coach Connie Price-Smith’s Rebels will look to be close to top form as they make their final preparations for the May 12-14 Southeastern Conference Championships, followed by the NCAA East Preliminary and NCAA Championships.

Head Coach Connie Price-Smith Says:

"Hopefully this weekend will provide a good opportunity for the athletes to work on things and fine-tune for SEC Championships. Everyone is feeling great and I look for good times, heights and distances this weekend at both sites."

Notables:

  • For the first time since 2011, both the Ole Miss men and women are ranked in the top 25 simultaneously.
  • The Rebel men entered this week’s USTFCCCA rankings at No. 20, while the women debuted at No. 24.
  • Ole Miss is one of 10 schools (seven from the SEC) whose men and women are both top 25 this week.
  • This is the Rebels’ final weekend of competition before the May 12-14 SEC Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
  • Among the 26 teams slated to compete in Memphis are the No. 21 Middle Tennessee men (and women), the Missouri men and women, the Louisville men and women and the Memphis men and women.
  • This is the inaugural season of the Connie Price-Smith era at Ole Miss.
  • Sophomore Raven Saunders has posted outdoor 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. 4 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.
  • Ole Miss boasts four of the top 18 men’s 1500m runners in the nation this season ... Sophomore Craig Engels is No. 2 (school-record 3:38.82), junior Robert Domanic is No. 9 (personal-best 3:40.95), junior Trevor Gilley is 12th (personal-best 3:41.77), and junior Sean Tobin is 18th (3:42.14) ... They hold the top four spots in school history.
  • Engels also ranks 17th in the NCAA in the 800m with a time of 1:47.17 at the Texas Invitational.
  • 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 eighth 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. 14 in the NCAA this year.
  • Sophomore Lindsey Murray broke the school pole vault record with a clearance of 4.22m/13-10 (18th in NCAA) at the Texas Invitational.

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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