OXFORD, Miss. -- This Thursday-Saturday down the road in Starkville, Mississippi, the Ole Miss Rebels will line up against a large portion of the top track and field talent in America during the 2015 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships.
Third-year head coach Brian O'Neal's Ole Miss squad boasts several of the top athletes in the nation on both the men's and women's sides. The men are expected to perform particularly well following last year's fifth-place result (best since 1984) and this year's fourth-place SEC indoor effort (also the best since 1984).
The 2015 outdoor season has seen school records fall in two men's events (1500 meters, hammer throw) and three women's events (800 meters, 4x100-meter relay, heptathlon). The future is also bright for O'Neal's program, which has boasted an SEC Freshman of the Week selection for each of the last five weeks of the regular season.
The full list of Rebel men who currently rank among the league's top eight in their event include Miller in the 100 (5th, 10.24), Engels in the 800 (2nd, 1:46.13) and 1500 (1st, 3:40.28), Tobin in the 1500 (2nd, 3:42.17), Domanic in the 1500 (5th, 3:43.75), Trevor Gilley in the 5000 (6th, 14:03.49), the 4x100 relay (7th, 39.82), Greene in the high jump (2nd, 7-1), Adam Aguirre in the high jump (6th, 6-11.75), Young in the long jump (4th, 25-0.75) and triple jump (6th, 52-8.75), McGuigan in the hammer (4th, 215-1), Nathan Loe in the hammer (8th, 206-5) and Peyton Moss in the decathlon (8th, 6311).
The full list of Ole Miss women who rank top eight in the SEC are Ray in the 100 (8th, 11.41), Feldmeier in the 800 (4th, 2:03.86), the 4x100 relay (5th, 43.80) and Fabia McDonald in the heptathlon (5th, 5736).
A nation-best nine SEC men's teams are currently ranked among the top 25 according to the USTFCCCA, including each of the top-three teams -- No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Florida. The others are No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 Georgia, No. 12 Alabama, No. 18 Mississippi State, No. 22 South Carolina and No. 24 Tennessee (No. 24).
A nation-leading nine SEC women's teams are ranked, including six among the nation's top 10. Arkansas is the No. 1 team nationally, while Georgia is No. 3, Florida is No. 4, Kentucky is No. 6, LSU is No. 8 and Texas A&M is No. 9. The others are No. 16 Alabama, No. 19 Mississippi State and No. 25 Missouri.
The championships begin at 11 a.m. CT Thursday and continue at 10 a.m. CT Friday and 1 p.m. CT Saturday.
To purchase tickets for the 2015 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, call the Mississippi State Athletics Ticket Office at (888) GO-DAWGS or visit www.HailState.com/tickets. All-session tickets are $20 for adults and free for those 18 and under. Single-day tickets are $10 for adults and free for those 18 and under.
Live coverage of the meet will air on SEC Network + on Friday and Saturday. The coverage will air from 3:40-6:50 p.m. CT on Friday and from 2:50-6:50 p.m. CT on Saturday. ESPNU will air the 2015 SEC Outdoor Championships as part of a two-hour show on Thursday, May 21 beginning at 7 p.m. CT. The broadcast talent includes Dwight Stones (play-by-play), Larry Rawson (analyst) and Jill Montgomery (reporter).
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