NEW ORLEANS – Both Ole Miss track & field squads will enter the indoor national meet ranked, with the Rebel women moving up to a season-high No. 9 and the men holding at No. 24 in the Week Seven USTFCCCA National Rating Index released on Monday afternoon.
This week, the index only uses entries to the NCAA Indoor Championships, which is slated for March 10-11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ole Miss punched 10 total tickets to the indoor national meet, six on the women’s side from just three athletes, and four men’s entries that includes a distance medley relay for the seventh time in the last eight years.
The No. 9 slot for the Rebel women is tied for the third-highest in women’s program history indoors, and it marks their first top-10 appearance since resting within the top-10 for six of the seven index releases of the 2022 indoor season.
In its history indoors, Ole Miss has now appeared in the national top-10 a total of 18 times – 13 from the Ole Miss women, and five from the Rebel men. Of those 18 indoor top-10 appearances, 17 have come under the supervision of eighth-year head coach Connie Price-Smith.
This marks just the 17th time both Rebel units have been nationally ranked at the same time indoors, with all 17 instances coming within the past three seasons since first occurring in Week Two of the 2021 indoor campaign. Overall, this is the 47th appearance in the indoor national top-25 for the Rebel men since first appearing in 2010, and the 50th ranking for the Rebel women since their first in 2008. Of those 97 combined indoor rankings, Price-Smith has claimed 64 total appearances indoors (42 women, 22 men).
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…
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