May 23, 2018
TAMPA, Fla. - Ole Miss will send 29 athletes to compete in 30 total events at the NCAA East Region Preliminary Round Championships, which will be held in Tampa at the University of South Florida from May 24-26. Fans can watch all three days live on FloTrack, which requires a paid subscription.
• Both the Rebel men and women own 15 entries each for the regional meet, with the women sending 16 athletes and the men 13. To qualify for this first-round of the NCAA Championships, student-athletes must have finished the season ranked within the top-48 of their individual events or as a member of a top-24 relay team on their respective regional qualifying list (East or West), which was released by the NCAA last Thursday. From there, the top-12 finalists in each event at each regional meet advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships at the University of Oregon on June 6-9.
• In three years at Ole Miss, head coach Connie Price-Smith has averaged 31 athletes and 32.2 entries at the regional meet, and from there she has sent an average of 12 athletes and 10 entries to the national meet. In her tenure, she has brought the Rebels to two national top-25 team finishes, with the Rebel men tying for 14th in 2017 and the women 22nd in 2016.
• Senior Janeah Stewart will triple for the second-straight year in the hopes of tripling yet again at the national meet. Stewart, one of two throwers to do so at nationals in 2017, enters as the East Region leader in the shot put at her new PR of 17.97m (58-11.50), while also qualifying as the No. 2 performer in the hammer (67.70m/222-01) and No. 11 in the discus (54.91m/180-02).
• The fastest 1500-meter runner in the United States this season, senior Robert Domanic enters the East Region meet with the top time at 3:36.33 - the ninth-fastest time in NCAA history. Freshman Waleed Suliman gives the Rebels a strong one-two punch in the 1500, ranking as the second-fastest behind Domanic at 3:39.76. A total of five Rebel men will compete in the 1500, as following Domanic and Suliman are freshman Cade Bethmann (24th, 3:44.56), senior Trevor Gilley (31st, 3:44.81) and freshman Everett Smulders (42nd, 3:45.45).
• Senior All-American Brian Williams enters as the third-best in his signature event at 61.54m (201-11).
• Other Rebel qualifiers are listed and detailed more thoroughly below.
REBELS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
• The Rebel women rank at No. 22 in the latest USTFCCCA National Computer Rankings, with the Rebel men sitting just outside at No. 29.
• Ole Miss has ranked in the women's top-25 all outdoor season, as well as the last 19 outdoor rankings releases dating back to Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith's first season in 2016. All told, the Rebel women have ranked in the top-25 in 22 of the 29 total outdoor rankings releases under Price-Smith.
• The Rebel women have cracked the top-20 twice this outdoor season, ranking a season-high No. 19 in Week 4.
• Ole Miss jumped up to a season-high No. 19 on the men's side in Week 4.
• In Week 4, Ole Miss had both its men's and women's teams within the top-25 for the first time in 2018 with both ranking No. 19. The Rebel men made the largest jump in the NCAA that week, leaping up 18 spots from No. 37 to put Ole Miss in the men's top-25 for the first time since the final week of the 2017 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.
SEASON RECAP - SEC Championships
• Ole Miss is coming off the highest women's program finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships, where the Rebels finished fifth with 74 points. Ole Miss was within title contention heading into the 4x400-meter relays, only trailing the eventual champions, No. 9 Florida, 83-74. The No. 23 Rebels beat out No. 4 Arkansas (70), No. 5 Kentucky (70) and No. 6 Georgia (61) -- all national title contenders.
• In three years under head coach Connie Price-Smith, the Rebel women have scored 153.25 points outdoors -- more than quadruple the previous three years combined (34). Ole Miss claimed 27 SEC points alone from its freshman class (both men and women).
• Senior Janeah Stewart was the catalyst for the Rebel women, scoring 24 points by herself with a gold medal in the shot put, a silver in the hammer and a bronze in the discus -- earning her third-straight Commissioner's Trophy for the most women's points scored. In her career, Stewart has scored 80 combined SEC points (indoor and outdoor), and has gone 10-for-10 in medal opportunities.
• Ole Miss also claimed 21 points alone from the women's steeplechase, where the Rebels went 1-2-6 with gold medal winner Shelby Brown, silver medal winner Lisa Vogelgesang and sixth-place finisher Hannah Christen.
• Senior Lindsey Murray broke her own school record in the pole vault, earning her first-career SEC medal in third place of a stacked final. Murray cleared 4.35m (14-03.25) for that bronze medal.
• Senior Robert Domanic made it three straight years with a Rebel champion in the 1500-meter, winning his first career gold medal outdoors in the process.
• Senior Brian Williams became the first SEC thrower to successfully defend as the discus gold medalist since 2010-11. He leaves Ole Miss with 38 career SEC points scored across the indoor and outdoor seasons. Williams also broke his own school record in the shot put at 18.85m (61-10.25).
SEASON RECAP - Regular Season
• Ole Miss sent distance runners out to California for the Mt. SAC Relays and the Bryan Clay Invite, with the remainder 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 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.
Thursday, May 24
1:55 PM - Women's 100-Meter Dash First Round - Shannon Ray (Heat 1)
2:45 PM - Women's 400-Meter Dash First Round - Jolie Carbo (Heat 5)
3:35 PM - Women's 800-Meter First Round - Maddie McHugh (Heat 6)
4:30 PM - Women's Shot Put - Janeah Stewart (Flight 4)
The No. 22 Rebel women will look to advance in three different events on the track on Day One, while Janeah Stewart will look to punch her first ticket to Eugene of the weekend in the shot put.
Senior Shannon Ray will kick off the day for the Rebel women at 1:55 p.m., running in Heat One of the women's 100-meter dash first round. Ray holds a season-best of 11.25 (w3.5) from the season opener at USC for the Trailblazer Challenge, which ranks No. 15 in the field and No. 2 all-time at Ole Miss. Senior Jolie Carbo, the third-fastest 400-meter runner outdoors in Rebel women's history at 52.87, will run in Heat Five of the 400-meter dash first round less than an hour later at 2:45 with the No. 22 seed time in the field. Junior Maddie McHugh, who has earned two bronze medals in the 800-meter this season, takes to the track in Heat Six of the 800 at 3:35 PM -- entering with the No. 14 seed time at 2:05.54. Stewart enters the shot put with a target on her back at 4:30 p.m., as she is the East Region leader in the event at her new career-best 17.97m (58-11.50), which won her an SEC title two weeks ago.
Friday, May 25
8:30 AM - Women's Pole Vault - Katy McAuley (Flight 2), Lindsey Murray (Flight 2)
12:15 PM - Women's Discus - Janeah Stewart (Flight 3)
12:45 PM - Women's 400-Meter Quarterfinal - Jolie Carbo *
1:15 PM - Women's 100-Meter Dash Quarterfinal - Shannon Ray *
1:45 PM - Women's 800-Meter Quarterfinal - Maddie McHugh *
7:40 PM - Women's 3000-Meter Steeplechase - Shelby Brown (Heat 1), Lisa Vogelgesang (Heat 3)
Friday will largely depend on who advances to the quarterfinal races from the first round contests on Thursday, but Ole Miss still has three additional events on the women's side.
Katy McAuley and Lindsey Murray will get it started in the pole vault, with an early start time of 8:30 a.m. Murray holds the sixth-best clearance in the field at her new school record 4.35m (14-03.25), which earned her a bronze medal at the SEC Championships, the first of her Rebel career. McAuley, meanwhile, cleared a season-best 4.05m (13-03.50) to qualify for the regional meet as the No. 36 seed. Janeah Stewart will have a quick turnaround, with the women's discus coming up at 12:15 p.m. on Friday. Stewart holds the No. 11 throw in the East at her SEC bronze-medal performance of 54.91m (180-02).
The evening will wrap-up with the women's 3000-meter steeplechase at 7:40 p.m., an event that proved crucial for the Rebel women at the SEC Championships. SEC champion and 2017 NCAA steeple qualifier Shelby Brown opens the race in Heat One, with silver medal winner and freshman Lisa Vogelgesang running in the third and final heat. Brown was the only SEC runner to run under 10 minutes this season with her school-record 9:58.98 (No. 4 in the East), and Vogelgesang took second at SECs with her No. 2 all-time 10:06.00 -- No. 8 in the East.
Saturday, May 26
7:45 AM - Women's Hammer - Kendall Chavarria (Flight 1), Janeah Stewart (Flight 3)
11:45 AM - Women's 4x100-Meter Relay Quarterfinal (Heat 1)
3:15 PM - Women's 4x400-Meter Relay Quarterfinal (Heat 1)
7:45 PM - Women's 5K - Clio Ozanne-Jaques (Heat 1), Emily Bean (Heat 2)
It will be another early start for the Rebel women on the third and final day, with Kendall Chavarria (Flight 1) and Janeah Stewart (Flight 3) competing in the hammer. Chavarria claimed the 48th and final qualifying spot with her new PR from the SEC Championships of 57.66m (189-02). Stewart, meanwhile, enters with the No. 2 throw in the East at her school-record 67.70m (222-01). For the fourth-straight year, the Rebel women will also run in the 4x100-meter relay (11:45 a.m.) and 4x400-meter relay (3:15 p.m.), entering ranked No. 8 (44.10) and No. 21 (3:36.75) in the field, respectively.
Clio Ozanne-Jaques (Heat 1) and Emily Bean (Heat 2) will conclude competition for the Rebel in Tampa, running in the 5K races that begin at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. Ozanne-Jaques enters ranked No. 17 at 16:13.82 and Bean No. 27 at 16:19.70 -- the No. 2 and No. 3 times in Ole Miss history, respectively.
Thursday, May 24
8:30 AM - Men's Pole Vault - Peyton Weissmann (Flight 1)
12:30 PM - Men's 1500-Meter First Round - Trevor Gilley (Heat 2), Everett Smulders (Heat 2), Waleed Suliman (Heat 2), Cade Bethmann (Heat 3), Robert Domanic (Heat 3)
2:30 PM - Men's Long Jump - Manny Foster (Flight 1), Allen Gordon (Flight 3)
3:10 PM - Men's 800-Meter First Round - John Rivera Jr. (Heat 5)
The Rebel men will have an early start on Thursday with freshman Peyton Weissmann in Flight One of the pole vault at 8:30 a.m. Weissmann is coming off a massive career outing at the SEC Championships, where he became just the fourth member of the Ole Miss 17-foot club at 5.20m (17-00.75) -- the No. 26 seeded height in the East.
Thursday will also prove crucial for Ole Miss in their hopes of placing high at the national meet, as the Rebel men have an impressive five entrants in the first round of the men's 1500-meter at 12:30 p.m. All five Rebel men have run 3:45 or faster, led by senior Robert Domanic's school-record 3:36.33 from the Bryan Clay Invite -- the fastest time in the United States this season, as well as No. 2 all-time in the SEC and No. 9 all-time in the NCAA. Domanic enters as the East Region leader at that time, and freshman Waleed Suliman looks to give Ole Miss a one-two punch, as he enters No. 2 at his PR from Bryan Clay at 3:39.76. Other Rebel men running are Cade Bethmann (No. 24, 3:44.56), Trevor Gilley (No. 31, 3:44.81) and Everett Smulders (No. 42, 3:45.45).
Up at 2:30 p.m. are Manny Foster (Flight 1) and Allen Gordon (Flight 3) in the long jump. Foster enters ranked No. 37 at 7.52m (24-08.25), and Gordon comes in at No. 16 at his monster PR of 7.80m (25-07.25) from the SEC Championships two weeks ago. The final Rebel men's competitor on Day One is freshman John Rivera Jr. in Heat Five of the men's 800-meter first round at 3:10 p.m. Rivera enters ranked No. 47 at 1:50.05.
Friday, May 25
7:45 AM - Men's Discus - Cullen Prena (Flight 2), Brian Williams (Flight 3)
1:30 PM - Men's 800-Meter Quarterfinal - John Rivera Jr. *
7:00 PM - Men's 3000-Meter Steeplechase - Parker Scott (Heat 1), Sean Tobin (Heat 3)
It will be an early start and a late night for the Rebel men on Day Two, with Cullen Prena (Flight 2) and Brian Williams (Flight 3) kicking things off very early at 7:45 a.m. with the men's discus. Prena enters ranked No. 17 at 56.28m (184-08), and Williams comes in No. 3 overall at his season-best 61.54m (201-11). Williams is looking to punch his return ticket to Eugene, as he was the fourth-place finisher nationally in 2017 for First-Team All-American honors.
Depending on how qualifying goes in the men's 800-meter, it would be 7 p.m. once the Rebel men compete again in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Parker Scott is up first in Heat One, entering with the No. 16 seed time of 8:55.63. Sean Tobin, who has only run two steeple races in his career, comes in ranked No. 12 at 8:53.09.
Saturday, May 26
12:00 PM - Men's 1500-Meter Quarterfinal - Robert Domanic, Waleed Suliman, Cade Bethmann, Trevor Gilley, Everett Smulders *
1:00 PM - Men's High Jump - Allen Gordon (Flight 1)
4:30 PM - Men's Shot Put - Brian Williams (Flight 3)
The third and final day would feature that crucial men's 1500-meter quarterfinal at noon, but the Rebel men also have a pair of field events later in the day.
Allen Gordon, who will have Day Two off after competing in the long jump on Thursday, will take his talents to the high jump at 1 p.m. Gordon comes in ranked No. 24 at his PR height of 2.16m (7-01.00).
Brian Williams, meanwhile, will be looking to punch his second ticket to Eugene in as many days in Flight Three of the men's shot put at 4:30 p.m. Williams most recently broke his own school record in the event at 18.85m (61-10.25) -- the 17th-best seed mark in the East Region field.
Rebel Women's Qualifiers (15 entries, 16 athletes):
1. Janeah Stewart - Shot Put - 17.97m (58-11.50)
2. Janeah Stewart - Hammer - 67.70m (222-01)
4. Shelby Brown - 3000-Meter Steeplechase - 9:58.98
6. Lindsey Murray - Pole Vault - 4.35m (14-03.25)
8. Lisa Vogelgesang - 3000-Meter Steeplechase - 10:06.00
8. 4x100-Meter Relay (Nicole Henderson, Jeanette Paul, Jolie Carbo, Shannon Ray) - 44.10
11. Janeah Stewart - Discus - 54.91m (180-02)
14. Maddie McHugh - 800-Meter - 2:05.54
15. Shannon Ray - 100-Meter Dash - 11.25
17. Clio Ozanne-Jaques - 5K - 16:13.82
21. 4x400-Meter Relay (Jolie Carbo, Jasmin Allen, Aisha Newsome, Mercedes Mattix) - 3:36.75
22. Jolie Carbo - 400-Meter Dash - 52.87
27. Emily Bean - 5K - 16:19.70
36. Katy McAuley - Pole Vault - 4.05m (13-03.50)
48. Kendall Chavarria - Hammer - 57.66m (189-02)
Rebel Men's Qualifiers (15 entries, 13 athletes):
1. Robert Domanic - 1500-Meter - 3:36.33
2. Waleed Suliman - 1500-Meter - 3:39.76
3. Brian Williams - Discus - 61.54m (201-11)
12. Sean Tobin - 3000-Meter Steeplechase - 8:53.09
16. Parker Scott - 3000-Meter Steeplechase - 8:55.63
16. Allen Gordon - Long Jump - 7.80m (25-07.25)
17. Brian Williams - Shot Put - 18.85m (61-10.25)
17. Cullen Prena - Discus - 56.28m (184-08)
24. Allen Gordon - High Jump - 2.16m (7-01.00)
24. Cade Bethmann - 1500-Meter - 3:44.56
26. Peyton Weissmann - Pole Vault - 5.20m (17-00.75)
31. Trevor Gilley - 1500-Meter - 3:44.81
37. Manny Foster - Long Jump - 7.52m (24-08.25)
42. Everett Smulders - 1500-Meter - 3:45.45
47. John Rivera Jr. - 800-Meter - 1:50.05
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