Rebels Ready for NCAA Track & Field Championships
June 6, 2017


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Ole Miss Meet Notes

OXFORD, Miss. – Eleven Ole Miss athletes will line up against the best of the best this week in Eugene, Oregon (aka, Track Town USA) for the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The four-day meet will be shown live across ESPN platforms from Wednesday-Saturday. Primetime viewing will be on ESPN2 Wednesday (7:30 p.m. CT) and Thursday (6:30 p.m.) and ESPN Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (5:30 p.m.). Click here for a complete listing of the broadcast schedule.

Under second-year head coach Connie Price-Smith, the Ole Miss men are ranked 17th in the country and the women 20th heading into the national championship meet.

Defending NCAA outdoor shot put champion Raven Saunders will lead a group of Rebels into the meet with high hopes of adding more national titles to the program résumé.

Saunders is one of seven Rebels making a return trip to Eugene, along with Craig Engels, MJ Erb, Nicole Henderson, Dempsey McGuigan, Shannon Ray and Breanna Tate.

First-time Ole Miss appearances at NCAA Outdoors include Shelby Brown, Janeah Stewart, Deanna Tate and Brian Williams.

Head Coach Connie Price-Smith Says:

“I am super excited about this week. They’ve had a really good season and a good first round of NCAAs. If we go out and do what we did to get there, I think really good things are going to happen.

“Most of our athletes here have competed at a national meet or a high-level meet already, so their experience having been to Oregon and having seen it will be good for them. Even Janeah and Brian, who haven’t been at an NCAA outdoor meet, have been to Oregon and also competed at indoor nationals. They kind of know the routine, and most everybody else has been there before. They’re going to have a lot of fun, because it’s a great experience competing in front of the crowd in Eugene.”

Notables:

  • 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.
  • The Ole Miss men are 17th in the USTFCCCA national rankings and the women are 20th entering the meet.
  • The Rebels’ 10 combined entries at the NCAA Outdoor Championships is tied for fourth-most in program history.
  • Athletes who finish 1-8 at the championships are crowned USTFCCCA first team All-Americans, while those who finish 9-16 are second team All-Americans.
  • Last year, Ole Miss produced a school-record 13 outdoor All-Americans in Eugene, including NCAA shot put champion Raven Saunders.
  • Of the 11 Rebels in Eugene, there are five seniors and six juniors.
  • Junior Raven Saunders, a 2016 Bowerman Finalist and Rio Olympian, will go for her fifth NCAA shot put title ... She won 2015 indoor and outdoor titles with Southern Illinois and 2016 outdoor and 2017 indoor titles with Ole Miss ... She broke the collegiate record at last year’s NCAA outdoor meet (19.33m/63-5) and at this year’s NCAA indoor meet (19.56m/64-2.25).
  • JUCO transfer Brian Williams has broken the Ole Miss discus record five times in 2017, most recently an NCAA-leading 65.13m/213-8 to win the SEC championship ... That ranks him No. 13 in the world this year.
  • Senior Craig Engels is No. 2 in the NCAA in the 1500m (3:37.75 at Bryan Clay Invitational) and won his second straight SEC title in the event last month.
  • Senior MJ Erb won SEC titles in the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m this year.
  • JUCO transfer Janeah Stewart is one of two women competing in three throwing events in Eugene ... She won the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy last month after taking silver in the SEC discus and bronze in the shot and hammer.
  • Ole Miss is making its third striaght appearance in Eugene in both the women’s 4x100m relay and men’s 1500m.
  • Junior Shelby Brown is the first Ole Miss woman to earn an NCAA Championships berth in the steeplechase.
  • Janeah Stewart is the first Ole Miss woman to earn an NCAA Championships berth in the discus.

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


 

 

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