EUGENE, Oré. – Ole Miss junior athletics Jalani Davis scored his first career NCAA points, while fellow All-American Sintayehu Vissa advanced to the 1,500-meter final on a busy second day of the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday.
Davis — a native of Hampton, Va. — turned in a mammoth career performance for the Rebels in the Women’s Hammer, earning her first career First-Team All-America nomination with a sixth-place finish. On his second attempt, Davis unleashed a massive four-yard PR of 69.53m / 228-1, which stood scrutiny after the second flight and then the final in order to get the Rebels on the board.
That mark makes Davis the third best in Ole Miss history, with the three best throws ever by Rebel women in Eugene: Janeah Stewart’s school record on her 2018 NCAA title of 72.92m / 239-3 (NCAA History No. 6), at Shey Taiwo 2021 NCAA runner-up 71.27m / 233-10 (#10 in NCAA history) and Davis’ uplift today.
NCAA Indoor Mile Defending Finalist Sintayehu Vissa positioned herself to add to that points tally, posting the fastest qualifying time in Thursday’s women’s 1,500-metre semifinal at 4:13.13 to advance to Saturday’s final. Vissa – the first Rebel to qualify in the event – was a narrow NCAA runner-up in the indoor mile but has been resplendent throughout the season, scoring 9.75 NCAA points indoors, winning three SEC titles overall and having his hand in seven different school records over the two seasons. That includes a blazing SEC 4:08.72 encounter record that won her the SEC title and propelled her to 15th in NCAA history.
The women’s 4×100 meters relay Rebel Olivia Womack, Ariyonna Augustine, Jayda Eckford and Kelly Rowe wrapped up a strong working season with a second-team All-American in 12th place on Thursday. The foursome passed the baton in 43.75, the third-best time in school history to complete a stellar 2022 campaign that saw them set three of the five fastest times ever run in Ole Miss history. It was Ole Miss’s seventh consecutive participation in the women’s 4×100 meters relay.
Also competing on day two was Junior All-American Jasmine Mitchell, who doubled for the Rebels in the hammer and shot put on his first career trip to the outdoor national meet. Mitchell won honorable mention All-America on both occasions, taking 18th in the hammer at 64.38m/211-03 and 22nd in the shot put at 16.25m/53-03.75.
The men’s competition ends on Friday, with Mario Garcia Romo looks to make the NCAA sweep of the middle-distance events in the 1,500-meter final at 8:12 p.m. CT, followed by Cole Bullock run in the men’s 5k final at 9:55 p.m. CT — both airing live on ESPN2.
Day 2 final qualifying
Sintayehu Vissa – 1500 meters women
Day Two First-Team All-Americans
Jalani Davis – Women’s hammer, 6th place
Day Two Second-Team All-Americans
Ariyonna Augustine – Women’s 4×100 meters relay, 12th place
Jayda Eckford – Women’s 4×100 meters relay, 12th place
Kelly Rowe – Women’s 4×100 meters relay, 12th place
Olivia Womack – Women’s 4×100 meters relay, 12th place
Day Two Honorable Mention All-Americans
Jasmine Mitchell – Women’s Hammer, 18th place
Jasmine Mitchell – Women’s shot put, 22nd place
REBELS IN THE SECOND DAY COMPETITION
1500 meters women – Semi-final
1. Sintayehu Vissa – 4:13.13 – QA
Women’s 4×100 meters relay – Semi-final
12. Womack, Augustin, Eckford, Rowe – 43.75 – Second-Team All-American
Women’s shot put – Final
22. Jasmine Mitchell – 16.25m/53-03.75 – Honorable Mention All-American
Women’s Hammer – Final
6. Jalani Davis – 69.53m/228-1 – First Team All-American – 4 meter PR, No. 3 Ole Miss History
18. Jasmine Mitchell – 64.38m/211-03 – Honorable Mention All-American
Day One Final Qualifiers
Mario Garcia Romo – 1500 meters men
First-Day Second-Team All-Americans
Baylor Franklin – 800 meters men, 13th place
First Day All-Americans Honorable Mention
Daniel Vivero – Men’s shot put, 17th place
REBELS IN DAY ONE COMPETITION
800 meters men – Semi-final
13. Baylor Franklin – 1:47.81 – Second-Team All-American
1500 meters men – Semi-final
seven. Mario Garcia Romo – 3:39.32 QA
Men’s shot put – Final
17. Daniel Vivero – 18.82m/61-9 – Honorable Mention All-American