NEW ORLEANS – Both Ole Miss track & field squads come off of championship week ranked nationally, with the Rebel women moving up to a season-high No. 11 and the men coming in at No. 24 in the Week Six USTFCCCA National Rating Index released on Tuesday.
This marks just the 16th time both Rebel units have been nationally ranked at the same time indoors, with all 16 instances coming within the past three seasons since first occurring in Week Two of the 2021 indoor campaign. Overall, this is the 46th appearance in the indoor national top-25 for the Rebel men since first appearing in 2010, and the 49th ranking for the Rebel women since their first in 2008. Of those 95 combined indoor rankings, eighth-year head coach Connie Price-Smith has claimed 62 total appearances indoors (41 women, 21 men).
Ole Miss is still paced by the powerful one-two punch in the weight throw of NCAA leader Jalani Davis (24.63m/80-09.75; 23.61 points) and current NCAA No. 3 Jasmine Mitchell (24.06m/78-11.25; 18.53 points). Davis won the SEC title in the weight last week at a meet record and one-foot PR of 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.
The senior duo also both rank in the shot put, with Davis 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 (13.63 points), and Mitchell ranks No. 15 at 17.42m/57-2 (1.72 points). 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.
Senior sprinter McKenzie Long had an excellent first SEC Championship meet for the Rebels last week, finishing as the silver medalist in the 200-meter dash at a massive school record 22.67 (No. 5 NCAA, 13.45 points), and scoring in fifth place in the 60-meter dash at a new PR of 7.22 (No. 18, 1.14 points).
Also ranking for the Ole Miss women is the school record distance medley relay of Kristel van den Berg, Gabrielle Matthews, Madison Hulsey and Loral Winn at 10:55.04 (No. 14, 1.34 points).
The Rebel men, meanwhile, are still led by a strong combination of star freshman thrower
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