Fifteen Ole Miss Rebels to Compete at USATF Outdoor Championships

Rebels Track & FieldOle Miss Track and Field at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, OR on June 9th, 2017. Craig Engels Photos by Petre Thomas/ Ole Miss Athletics

A big group of current and former Ole Miss athletes, as well as current volunteer assistant coaches, will be competing at this week’s USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California.

Fifteen of these Rebels will be giving it their all as they attempt to make the Team USA roster for the 2017 IAAF World Championships, held August 5-13 in London.

Headlining the Rebels’ party are Olympic medalists Brittney Reese (2012 women’s long jump gold, 2016 silver) and Sam Kendricks (2016 men’s pole vault bronze), as well as fellow Olympians Gwen Berry, Ricky Robertson, Raven Saunders and Isiah Young.

Current Rebels competing at the championships include Robert Domanic, Craig Engels, MJ Erb, Ryan Manahan, Saunders, Janeah Stewart and Brian Williams.

The meet will be held Thursday-Sunday and will be televised by the NBC family of networks. National TV broadcasts include Friday 9:30-11:30 p.m. CT (NBCSN), Saturday 3-5 p.m. (NBC) and Sunday 3-5 p.m. (NBC). The NBC Sports Gold app will stream live content throughout the day Thursday-Sunday.

The U.S. Junior Championships will also be held Thursday-Saturday in conjunction with the senior meet. Two current Rebels and two Ole Miss signees will be in action. Current team members are Kaira Simmons (women’s long jump) and Robinson Snider (men’s 5000 meters). Signees set to compete are John Rivera (men’s 800 meters) and Peyton Weissmann (men’s pole vault).

Below is a breakdown of the Ole Miss family competing at USATF Outdoors this week (all times Central).

Gwen Berry (Ole Miss volunteer assistant coach)

Women’s Hammer Throw – Sun 1:15 p.m.

2016 Rio Olympian in the hammer throw
Current World No. 2 in the hammer throw
Threw an American Record (76.77m/251-10) at May 6 Ole Miss Classic
3-time U.S. Champion in the indoor weight throw
3-time All-American at Southern Illinois

Robert Domanic (Ole Miss 2014-present)

Men’s 1500 Meters – Thu 10:44 p.m. (1st Round), Sat 4:41 p.m. (Final)

2017 NCAA Champion in the indoor distance medley relay
4-time All-American at Ole Miss
4-time SEC Champion (2016 mile; 2014, 2016, 2017 DMR)
Current World No. 18 in the outdoor mile (3:54.73)
Owns school records for indoor 3000m (7:54.58) and DMR (9:30.48)

Craig Engels (Ole Miss 2015-present)

Men’s 1500 Meters – Thu 10:44 p.m. (1st Round), Sat 4:41 p.m. (Final)

2017 NCAA Champion in the indoor distance medley relay
6-time All-American at Ole Miss
5-time SEC Champion (2016, 2017 1500m; 2015, 2016, 2017 DMR)
4th in 800m, 5th in 1500m at 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials
Owns school records for 1500m (3:37.66) and DMR (9:30.48)
Current World No. 73 in the outdoor 1500m (3:37.75)

MJ Erb (Ole Miss 2015-present)

Men’s Steeplechase – Fri 7:45 p.m. (1st Round), Sun 4:16 p.m. (Final)

4-time All-American at Ole Miss (3 in track & field; 1 in cross country)
3-time SEC Champion (2017 indoor 5000m; 2017 outdoor 5000m, steeplechase)
4th in steeplechase at 2017 NCAA Outdoors
Current World No. 83 in the 3000m steeplechase (8:32.38)

Brooke Feldmeier (Ole Miss 2015)

Women’s 800 Meters – Thu 7:25 p.m. (1st Round), Fri 10:28 p.m. (Semis), Sun 4:06 p.m. (Final)

Currently competes for Oregon
2015 SEC Champion in the 800m as a freshman
2015 Indoor All-American in the 800m
Owns school records for indoor 800m (2:04.30) and outdoor 800m (2:03.13)
Current World No. 55 in the outdoor 800m (2:01.54)

Sam Kendricks (Ole Miss 2012-14)

Men’s Pole Vault – Sat 2:00 p.m.

2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist in the pole vault
5-time U.S. Champion in the pole vault
Broke U.S. Olympic Trials pole vault record (5.91m/19-4.75) last year
Current World No. 2 in the outdoor pole vault (5.88m/19-3.5)
2016 World Indoor Championships silver medalist
2-time NCAA Champion in the pole vault at Ole Miss
Owns school records for indoor pole vault (18-8.25) and outdoor pole vault (19-0.75)

Ryan Manahan (Ole Miss 2016-present)

Men’s 800 Meters – Thu 7:00 p.m. (1st Round), Fri 10:11 p.m. (Semis), Sun 3:20 p.m. (Final)

2016 SEC Champion in the indoor DMR
2017 All-American in the indoor 800m
4th place in the 1500m at 2017 SEC Outdoors
Owns school record for DMR (9:30.48)
Current World No. 102 in the outdoor 800m (1:46.96)

Jessica Ramsey (Ole Miss volunteer assistant coach)

Women’s Hammer Throw – Sun 1:15 p.m.

Competed at U.S. Championships in both shot put and hammer in 2015 and 2016
2-time All-American and 7-time conference champion at Western Kentucky
Current World No. 37 in the hammer throw (68.36m/224-3)

Brittney Reese (Ole Miss 2007-08)

Women’s Long Jump – Sat 2:45 p.m.

2012 Olympic gold medalist, 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the long jump
3-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016)
6-time World Champion in the long jump
9-time U.S. Champion in the long jump
Current World No. 1 in the outdoor long jump (7.13m/23-4.75)
Broke U.S. Olympic Trials long jump record (7.31m/23-11.75) last year
Ranks No. 2 in U.S. history and No. 9 in world history in the outdoor long jump
American record holder for the indoor long jump (7.23m/23-8.75)
2-time NCAA Champion and 5-time SEC Champion at Ole Miss
Owns school records for indoor high jump, long jump and triple jump; and outdoor high jump, long jump and triple jump

Ricky Robertson (Ole Miss 2010-14)

Men’s High Jump – Sun 2:05 p.m.

2016 Rio Olympian in the high jump
Current World No. 4 in the outdoor high jump (2.30m/7-6.5)
Silver medalist in the high jump at the 2015 U.S. Indoor Championships
12th place in the high jump at the 2016 World Indoor Championships
3-time NCAA runner-up, 7-time All-American and 7-time SEC Champion at Ole Miss
Owns school records for indoor high jump (7-6) and outdoor high jump (7-7.25)

Raven Saunders (Ole Miss 2016-present)

Women’s Shot Put – Sat 2:30 p.m.

2016 Rio Olympian in the shot put (5th place)
4-time NCAA Champion in the shot put (2015 indoor and outdoor with Southern Illinois; 2016 outdoor, 2017 indoor with Ole Miss)
5-time All-American at Ole Miss
3-time SEC Champion (2016 outdoor shot put; 2016, 2017 indoor shot put)
2016 Bowerman Award Finalist
2017 USTFCCCA National Indoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Year
All-time collegiate record holder in the indoor shot put (19.56m/64-2.25) and outdoor shot put (19.33m/63-5)
Current World No. 11 in the outdoor shot put (18.51m/60-8.75)
Owns school records for indoor shot put (64-2.25), outdoor shot put (63-6) and discus (186-6)

Jeneva Stevens (Ole Miss volunteer assistant coach)

Women’s Shot Put – Sat 2:30 p.m.

Women’s Hammer Throw – Sun 1:15 p.m.

4-time World Championships participant for Team USA
Current World No. 12 in the outdoor shot put (18.48m/60-7.75)
Current World No. 19 in the hammer throw (71.56m/234-9)
Hammer Throw gold medalist at 2013 World University Games
13-time All-American, 3-time NCAA Champion and 15-time MVC Champion at Southern Illinois

Janeah Stewart (Ole Miss 2017-present)

Women’s Shot Put – Sat 2:30 p.m.

Women’s Hammer Throw – Sun 1:15 p.m.

Earned 5 All-America honors in her first year as a Rebel in 2017 (indoor weight throw, indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, outdoor discus, outdoor hammer throw)
First Ole Miss woman to earn 3 All-America honors at a single championship
2017 SEC Champion in the indoor weight throw (meet record 76-0.75)
Current World No. 32 in the outdoor shot put (17.86m/58-7.25)
Current World No. 92 in the hammer throw (64.69m/212-3)
Owns school records for indoor weight throw (76-0.75) and outdoor hammer throw (212-3)

Isiah Young (Ole Miss 2012-13)

Men’s 100 Meters – Thu 8:35 p.m. (1st Round), Fri 7:31 p.m. (Semis), Fri 10:02 p.m. (Final)

Men’s 200 Meters – Sat 1:48 p.m. (1st Round), Sun 2:00 p.m. (Semis), Sun 4:33 p.m. (Final)

2012 London Olympian in the 200m
Has competed at three World Championships for Team USA
3-time silver medalist in the 200m at the U.S. Championships
5-time All-American and 2-time SEC Champion at Ole Miss
Current World No. 30 in the 100m (10.08)
Owns school records for outdoor 100m (9.96) and 200m (20.12)

Brian Williams (Ole Miss 2017-present)

Men’s Discus – Sat 2:40 p.m.

2-time All-American in first year at Ole Miss (indoor shot put, outdoor discus)
2017 SEC Champion in the discus (school-record and NCAA-leading 65.13m/213-8)
4th place in the discus at 2017 NCAA Outdoors
Current World No. 15 in the discus (65.13m/213-8)
Owns school records for indoor shot put (62-6.5) and outdoor discus (213-8)

**BONUS**

Evan Jager (married to former Ole Miss athlete Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen)

Men’s Steeplechase – Fri 7:45 p.m. (1st Round), Sun 4:16 p.m. (Final)

2016 Rio Olympic silver medalist in the steeplechase
2-time Olympic finalist in the steeplechase (2012, 2016)
5-time member of Team USA at World Championships
4-time U.S. Champion in the steeplechase
American record holder in the steeplechase (8:00.45)

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