INDIANAPOLIS – Ole Miss track & field tied for the second-most entries to the indoor national meet in program history, earning 10 total berths to the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships on the initial qualifying lists released by the NCAA late Tuesday night.
Medical scratches can be applied until next Tuesday, but Ole Miss will have at least these 10 qualifying entries at the indoor national meet, which will be held March 10-11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ole Miss received six women’s entries from just three athletes, with the senior trio of Jalani Davis (shot put, weight throw), McKenzie Long (60-meter dash, 200-meter dash) and Jasmine Mitchell (shot put, weight throw) all slated to double for the Rebels in Albuquerque.
Davis – the current NCAA leader in the weight – recently won the SEC weight throw title at a one-foot PR and meet record 24.63m/80-09.75, moving her to No. 5 in collegiate history and making her the first woman in world history to break 80 feet in the weight and 60 feet in the indoor shot put. Davis also qualified in the shot put, ranking No. 5 at her SEC runner-up mark and two-foot PR of 18.43m/60-05.75 that ranks No. 15 in collegiate history. In her career, Davis has now doubled at an NCAA meet three times after doing so indoors in 2022 and tripling outdoors in 2021 in the shot put, hammer and discus.
Reigning NCAA weight throw runner-up Jasmine Mitchell has punched her fourth career ticket indoors in the weight in as many tries, currently ranking No. 3 at 24.06m/78-11.25. Mitchell was the runner-up last year to teammate Shey Taiwo, throwing the No. 3 mark in collegiate history at 24.94m/81-10. Mitchell also qualified in the shot put, ranking No. 15 at 17.42m/57-2. Davis and Mitchell are the only throwers in the NCAA this year both beyond 17 meters in the shot put and 24 meters in the weight throw.
McKenzie Long used a superb showing at the SEC Indoor Championships to punch both of her national tickets, ranking No. 3 entering NCAAs at her SEC runner-up and school record 200-meter time of 22.67, and snagging the final spot in the 60-meter dash at her PR of 7.22. These are the first two career national tickets for…
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