Athletics ends weekend at Ole Miss with record fashion, women’s relay is first

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OXFORD, Miss.- Private Athletics returns home after a successful weekend at the Joe Walker Invitational with three record breaking performances, 12 combined career bests and five top-eight finishes, including a win in an event. It’s hard to say who stole the show this weekend, but it’s not a bad problem to have.

On the women’s side, Junior Ariana Jimenez of Florida broke the school record of 12 seconds in the 3000m steeplechase with his time of 10:48.07. To join Jimenez in the history books is Samantha Dyson who also set both a personal best and a school record in the discus with a throw of 48.89.

The women’s 4x400m relay (Esther Nwanze, Shamarah Shannon, Aryn Pitre, Brianna Bell) topped the competition to tie with Vanderbilt for first place with a time of 3:37.75.

Bell and Shannon also had outstanding performances in their respective events. Bell clocked a career-best 12.36 in the 100m, while Shannon clocked a career-best 57.57 in the 400m.

Mathilde Helms-Kjaer also clocked a career best time of 17:31.88 in the 5000m.

On the men’s side, freshman Adrian Bichara set a new freshman school record in the 800 m with his time of 1:50.81. His performance also ranks him number one in the Southland Conference in this event.

Senior KameronJones had a strong showing in the 400m hurdles, clocking a career best 53.09 and placing third in the event. Coy Sauceman wasn’t far behind finishing seventh at 55.11, a new career high.

long distance runner, Cade Litolff also set a new career best with a time of 14:51.80 in the 5000m.

Vojislav Gvero led the way in the field events by setting a new personal best in the discus throw with a throw of 46.40. He also placed fourth in the hammer throw with a throw of 61.47.


“I think we had a great weekend considering the cold weather we had. However, we remained focused on improving ourselves,” the head coach said. Brian Johnson. “I can’t wait to get back in action at LSU.”

Track and field will resume on April 23 with sprints, jumps and throws competing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at LSU and distance runners competing in Houston, Texas, at Rice.

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