Ole Miss Classic Track & Field Meet this Saturday
May 4, 2017

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OXFORD, Miss. – The nationally ranked Ole Miss Rebels will get in their final tuneup before next week’s SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships when they host the Ole Miss Classic this Saturday. 

Events begin at 11 a.m. at the newly renovated Ole Miss Track & Field Complex. Admission is free, and there will be free crawfish served at 1 p.m.

Ole Miss, whose men are 13th and women are 17th in this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings, will welcome athletes from a number of nearby programs, including the men’s 4x400-meter relay squad from No. 5 Alabama.

The Ole Miss Classic features a total of six athletes ranked top 10 in the NCAA this year in various events, including the Rebels’ Dempsey McGuigan (men’s hammer), Janeah Stewart (women’s shot put, discus, hammer) and Brian Williams (men’s discus). Others are Southern Illinois’ Jared Kern (men’s shot put), Memphis’ Ashley Pryke (women’s javelin) and Southeastern Louisiana’s Alexander Young (men’s hammer).

Three 2016 Rio Olympians will compete in Oxford this weekend - Gwen Berry (USA, women’s hammer), Paul Pujats (Latvia, men’s pole vault) and DeAnna Price (USA, women’s hammer).

The SEC Championships will be held next Thursday-Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina.

Head Coach Connie Price-Smith Says:

“We’re excited to host the second home meet of the season on our track. Although it will be a small meet, we will have some good competition. We’re looking forward to it, as we get ready for the SEC Championships.”

Notables:

  • The Ole Miss men are 13th and the women are 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), while the men currently are tied for their best outdoor ranking since 2014.
  • 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 seven school records a total of 11 times.
  • As of May 4, Ole Miss would qualify for 15 men’s entries and 24 women’s entries in the NCAA East Preliminary.
  • Ole Miss athletes top the SEC in four events - men’s 1500m (Craig Engels), men’s steeplechase (MJ Erb), men’s discus (Brian Williams) and women’s shot put (Raven Saunders).
  • JUCO transfer Brian Williams has broken the Ole Miss discus record four times in 2017, most recently an NCAA-leading 64.12m/210-4 at the SEC Relays ... That ranks him No. 12 in the world this year.
  • 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 10th 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.
  • Senior Dempsey McGuigan is seventh 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. 5 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. 17 in the world this year.
  • Other school records this year are by junior Shelby Brown (10:14.20 3000m steeplechase; 4:19.09 1500m), senior Mary Alex England (16:12.19 5000m) and the sprint medley relay squad of Shannon Ray, Breanna Tate, Jolie Carbo and Maddie McHugh (3:48.14).
  • Ole Miss ranks No. 2 nationally in the USTFCCCA event rankings in both the men’s 1500m and women’s 10K.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter (@OleMissTrack), Facebook and Instagram.


 

 

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