Ole Miss Well Represented at IAAF World Championships
Raven Saunders (photo by Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)
Aug. 4, 2017

IAAF World Championships Central | Live Results | TV Coverage 

OXFORD, Miss. – Six members of the Ole Miss track & field family, including rising senior Raven Saunders, will be competing for Team USA at the IAAF World Championships being held in London. The 10-day event begins today and runs through Sunday, Aug. 13.

Saunders, a four-time NCAA champion and the collegiate record holder in both the indoor and outdoor shot put, is making her second straight appearance on the Team USA roster for a global championship. She placed fifth at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Charleston, South Carolina, native earned her spot on this year’s squad by winning her first U.S. title with a mammoth shot put PR of 19.76m/64-10 that ranks her No. 2 in the world this year and No. 4 in U.S. history.

All six members of the Rebel contingent in London are former Olympians, including Ole Miss alums Sam Kendricks (2016 Rio bronze medalist, pole vault), Brittney Reese (three-time Olympian, 2012 London gold medalist, long jump), Ricky Robertson (2016 Olympian, high jump) and Isiah Young (2012 Olympian, 200 meters), and volunteer assistant coach Gwen Berry (2016 Olympian, hammer throw).

Kendricks and Berry joined Saunders in claiming U.S. titles in their respective events in Sacramento, California, in June.

Events will be shown live on one or more of the NBC family of networks, including NBC, NBCSN, the newly launched Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold.

As far as making Team USA rosters for senior global championships, the lineup is led by Reese making her 12th appearance. In her previous 11, she won seven long jump gold medals and one silver. Kendricks is on his fourth team (having won a silver and bronze in three previous appearances), Young his fourth, Robertson his third, Berry her second and Saunders her second.

Here is how the Ole Miss contingent stacks up in the current 2017 world standings:

Sam Kendricks - #1 – men’s pole vault – 6.00m
Brittney Reese - #1 – women’s long jump – 7.13m
Gwen Berry - #2 – women’s hammer throw – 76.77m (American record)
Raven Saunders - #2 – women’s shot put – 19.76m
Ricky Robertson - #12 – men’s high jump – 2.30m
Isiah Young - #16 – men’s 200m – 20.14

By virtue of their performances at the U.S. Championships in Sacramento, Ole Miss’ Craig Engels (1500m) and Brian Williams (discus) were selected as alternates for the Team USA roster. Another extended member of the Ole Miss family is steeplechaser Evan Jager, who is married to former Rebel hurdler Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen.

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

Ole Miss Athletes at the 2017 IAAF World Championships (all times Central)

Sat, Aug. 5 – W Hammer Throw Qualification – Gwen Berry – 4:35 a.m. – NBC Sports Gold
Sun, Aug. 6 – M Pole Vault Qualification – Sam Kendricks – 4:40 a.m. – NBC Sports Gold
Mon, Aug. 7 – M 200m Heats – Isiah Young – 12:30 p.m.
Mon, Aug. 7 – W Hammer Throw Final – Gwen Berry – 1:00 p.m. – NBC Sports Gold
Tues, Aug. 8 – M Pole Vault Final – Sam Kendricks – 1:35 p.m. – NBC Sports Gold
Tues, Aug. 8 – W Shot Put Qualification – Raven Saunders – 2:40 p.m. – NBC Sports Gold
Wed, Aug. 9 – W Long Jump Qualification – Brittney Reese – 1:10 p.m. – NBC Sports Gold
Wed, Aug. 9 – W Shot Put Final – Raven Saunders – 2:25 p.m. – NBC Sports Gold
Wed, Aug. 9 – M 200m Semifinals – Isiah Young – 2:55 p.m. – NBCSN
Thurs, Aug. 10 – M 200m Final – Isiah Young – 3:52 p.m. – NBCSN
Fri, Aug. 11 – M High Jump Qualification – Ricky Robertson – 5:15 a.m. – NBC Sports Gold
Fri, Aug. 11 – W Long Jump Final – Brittney Reese – 1:10 p.m. – NBC Sports Gold
Sun, Aug. 13 – M High Jump Final – Ricky Robertson – 1:00 p.m. – NBC Sports Gold





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