Women’s track and field opens at No. 8 in week one of USTFCCCA National Ranking Index

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NEW ORLEANS – Ole Miss Women’s Athletics opened its 2022 indoor campaign with a forceful statement, jumping all the way to No. 8 on the season’s first USTFCCCA National Ranking Index released Monday afternoon.

The No. 8 spot is tied for second-best all-time for Rebel Women inside, tied with a Week Seven appearance at No. 8 in 2017 and a No. 8 preseason ranking in 2018, and behind only a No. 7 ranking in Week One of the 2008 Indoor Season. indoors overall since her debut in 2008. Additionally, this is the 14th ranked Rebel Women in the last 15 outings after being ranked. for the entire 2020 and 2021 indoor regular seasons. Under Seventh-Year Head Coach Connie Price SmithOle Miss landed 29 of those 37 total appearances.

Ole Miss is led by an All-American Shot Putting Extraordinary Punch Shey Taiwo and Jasmine Mitchellwho has two of the top three throws in the world this season and currently combines 47.38 of Ole Miss’s 79.05 total points in the Ranking Index.

Taiwo (25.16 points) took the world lead at the Vanderbilt Invitational last weekend, earning a whopping three-and-a-half-foot PR of 24.11m / 79-01.25 to become number 7 in the NCAA history the 16th-best throw of all time by a college boy. Taiwo beat two-time reigning U.S. champion and former NCAA rebel champion Janeah Stewart, who had the second-best throw in the world this year at 23.77m/78-00.00.

Taiwo’s big lift came on her first attempt at competition for the second straight week, and in addition to making her the 7th-highest performer in NCAA history, it ranks her 3rd in NCAA history. the SEC and just a centimeter from Stewart’s 2018 Ole Miss record. of 24.12m/79-01.75. Her four legal throws would have been a PR and all of them would have placed her in the NCAA’s all-time top 11. Additionally, her throw recorded last week on Jan. 21 is the second-best in NCAA history this season, ranking only behind Brittany Riley’s 24.23m/79-06.00 on Dec. 7. 2007.

Mitchell, meanwhile, alone contributes 22.22 Rebel Ranking points on the world’s third-best throw this year at 23.62m / 77-06.00, a high PR that makes her the 11th performer in NCAA history. Mitchell finished behind Taiwo at the 2021 NCAA Championships in fourth place for first-team All-American honors, but beat her to the 2021 SEC title — the fourth in the past five years for Ole Miss women.

Ole Miss also receives a very large sum from the junior All-American Sintayehu Vissa, who broke his own school record in the mile at Vanderbilt last weekend. Vissa won to an eight-second PR of 4:32.70 in just his second mile run since transferring from Division II Saint Leo, breaking his previous Ole Miss record of 4:40.99 also set at Vanderbilt la last season in his first mile competition as a Rebel.

Vissa’s time currently ranks second in the NCAA and is worth 20.62 points in the ranking index, and furthermore, Vissa’s time is the second best ever by an Italian indoors, behind only the run of 4:28.90 by Gabriella Dorio on March 10, 1982.

Other contributing rebels include Jalani Davis in the shot put (13th, 21.29 m/69-10.25, 3.34 points) and in the shot put (13th, 16.70 m/54-09.50, 3.27 points), Lyndsey Roseau in the pole vault (13th, 4.25m/13-11.25, 3.44 points), Anna Elkins in the mile (21st, 4:42.08, 0.88 points) and Skylar Boogerd in the 3K (27th, 9:29.22, 0.13 points).

Ole Miss’s men, meanwhile, fall outside the top 25 at No. 36 overall. Rebellious men are currently led by tops John Rivera Jr.who is tied for the NCAA lead in the 800 yards at 1:47.48, which is good for 22.10 of their 29.84 total points in the index this week.

The USTFCCCA National Scoring Index is a computer-based scoring system that uses an algorithm that emphasizes individual performance, assigning a point value to each individual performance that contributes to a team’s total to assess the national ranking of a team.

The Ole Miss men’s and women’s athletics return to the road this week for the Indiana Relays, which will be held at IU’s Gladstein Fieldhouse on January 28-29. Additionally, Senior All-American Mario Garcia Romo will travel to the Big Apple as the only collegiate athlete in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile, hosted during the 114th Millrose Games at the historic Armory in New York City on January 29 live on NBC at 3:20 p.m. CT.

No. 8 Ole Miss Women • USTFCCCA Week 1 Ranking Index • 79.05 points

1. Shey Taiwo – Shot Put – 24.11m/79-01.25 – 25.16 points
2. Jasmine Mitchell – Shot Put – 23.62m/77-06.00 – 22.22 points
2. Sintayehu Vissa – Mile – 4:32.70 – 20.62 Points
13. Lyndsey Roseau – Pole Vault – 4.25m/13-11.25 – 3.44 Points
13. Jalani Davis – Shot Put – 21.29m/69-10.25 – 3.34 points
13. Jalani Davis – Shot Put – 16.70m/54-09.50 – 3.27 Points
21. Anna Elkins – Mile – 4:42.08 – 0.88 Points
27. Skylar Boogerd – 3K – 9:29.22 – 0.13 points

No. 36 Ole Miss Men • USTFCCCA Week 1 Ranking Index • 29.84 points

1. John Rivera Jr. – 800 meters – 1:47.48 – 22.10 points
14. James Young – Thousand – 3:57.81 – 2.66 Points
15. Everett Smulders – 800 meters – 1:49.22 – 2.06 points
15. Shane Bracken – Mile – 3:58.36 – 2.00 Points
20. Derek Elkins – Mile – 3:59.46 – 0.92 Points
29. Michael Coccia – Mile – 4:01.10 – 0.08 Points
35. Montel Johnson – Shot put – 20.26m/66-05.75 – 0.01 points

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