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Ole Miss football players help raise awareness about child abuse

Courtesy of Joshua McCoy and Ole Miss Athletics
Courtesy of Joshua McCoy and Ole Miss Athletics

A group of Ole Miss football players joined in to help the Pontotoc Department of Human Services (DHS) with its 6th Annual Child Abuse Awareness event Saturday.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kellyand some of his teammates gathered on the Pototoc Square to help DHS raise awareness about the abuse and neglect of children.

Kelly, Ross DonnellyNathan NobleVan JeffersonD.J. JonesEric SwinneyMarquis HaynesChadwick LamarTy Quick, and Tony Bridges signed hundreds of autographs and took pictures with fans.

By serving their communities in many important ways, these young men show there is more to being an Ole Miss football player than just excelling on the field.

Mahatma Gandhi once said: “The future depends on what you do today.”

Courtesy of Evelyn Van Pelt and the RebelWalk.com

School Record, Fast Times Highlight Ole Miss Showing at Virginia Challenge

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics @olemisspix
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

In the biggest meet of the outdoor season to date, Ole Miss showed off its prowess in the 1500 meters and put together strong performances in several other events at the Virginia Challenge on Friday and Saturday.

Rebel athletes set a total of sixteen personal bests over the weekend, including senior Britt Ummels’ school record in the women’s 1500 meters.

Ummels, a native of The Netherlands, lowered her previous personal best by nearly four seconds with a time of 4:21.63 that broke a 12-year-old school record. She placed eighth out of 79 runners in Charlottesville. Her twin sister, Bo Ummels, also ran a personal best in 4:23.16, which ranks her third in school history. Five Rebel women clocked career bests in the event.

The men’s 1500 meters was perhaps even more productive for the Rebels. Out of 86 runners, sophomore Craig Engels led the way for Ole Miss in fourth place in a time of 3:40.41, less than two seconds off his school record of 3:38.82 from earlier this season. Junior Robert Domanic was seventh in a personal-best 3:40.95 that ranks him No. 2 in school history, while junior Sean Tobin was right behind him in eighth at 3:42.14, just off his personal best of 3:42.07.

Other Rebels that entered the top 10 in school history include sophomore Ryan Manahan at No. 6 (3:45.14) and sophomore Derek Gutierrez at No. 8 (3:45.55).

Domanic should rank top 10 in the country following this weekend’s college meet results, while Tobin will be among the top 15 or 20 in the land.

Sophomore Mark Robertson finished eighth in the men’s 10,000 meters with a personal-best time of 29:49.02 that ranks him No. 6 in school history.

Sophomore MJ Erb finished seventh in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a season-best time of 8:51.49 that moves him up to fourth in school history.

In the 800 meters, senior Holland Sherrer ran a season-best 1:48.55 to place sixth, while fellow senior Dameon Morgan ran 1:49.11 for ninth place.

Senior Branden Greene placed fifth in the high jump with a season-best height of 2.11m/6-11, while sophomore Dempsey McGuigan was fifth in the hammer throw invite with a mark of 68.75m/225-6. In the open hammer throw competition, senior Nathan Loe was victorious (63.73m/209-1), while junior Kevin Conway was fifth (PR 61.72m/202-6).

Senior McKenna Coughlin ran a personal-best 10:27.68 in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase. She ranks third in school history.

Sophomore Lanae Newsome had a nice weekend, placing seventh in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 5.89m/19-4 and finishing fifth in the triple jump with a season-best distance of 12.09m/39-8.

In the pole vault invite, sophomore Lindsey Murray came in fifth with a clearance at 4.10m/13-5.25.

The Rebels’ 4×100-meter relay squad of Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Breanna Tate and Khadijah Suleman finished runner-up in 44.53, while the 4×400-meter relay team of Kiannah Alexander, Jolie Carbo, Aisha Newsome and Deanna Tate came in fourth in 3:41.77.

“It was a long trip and some of our athletes performed well, while some not so well,” said head coach Connie Price-Smith. “It gave us a chance to see what we need to focus on for the next two weeks to get ready for SECs.”

Ole Miss returns to action next weekend with part of the squad going to the Memphis Invitational and a few of the top distance runners heading to the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, California. It will be the final weekend before the May 12-14 Southeastern Conference Championships.

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

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

No. 14 Ole Miss rallies to defeat Auburn 6-5 for the sweep

Tate Blackman Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics @olemisspix
Tate Blackman
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

On a day when it looked as if Ole Miss might drop the final game of the series with Auburn, the Rebels saved the best for last—winning in walk-off fashion.

Henri Lartigue’s single to left field in the bottom of the ninth sent Tate Blackman home to give the 14th-ranked Rebels (31-10, 10-8 Southeastern Conference) the 6-5 win and the completion of the sweep against Auburn on Sunday afternoon at Swayze Field.

But, the rally really started in the bottom of the eighth when the Rebels, down 5-0, kept swinging and found their offense.

Third baseman Colby Bortles hammered a two-run homer to right field that sent J.B. Woodman across the plate and cut the Auburn lead to 5-2 at the end of the eighth.

In the top of the ninth, Andy Pagnozzi headed to the mound and shut Auburn out in three-up, three-down fashion.

Courtesy of Courtney Smith and the Rebel Walk.com

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