Published on January 7th, 2023 | by Newt Rayburn0
Ole Miss Track & Field to Open 2023 Season January 13 at Vanderbilt
Rebels Begin Indoor Campaign at Vanderbilt on January 13-14, 2023
Ole Miss men’s and women’s track & field has finalized its schedule for the upcoming 2023 indoor and outdoor seasons. The Rebels will open its 2023 slate next Friday at Vanderbilt, beginning a seven-meet indoor campaign that ends in March and will roll into an 11-meet schedule outdoors that concludes in June prior to the national and global competition circuits over the summer.
Ole Miss looks to build on the success of a historic 2022 that saw three Rebels come away with NCAA Championship titles and ended with the Ole Miss women finishing a program record fifth in the final USTFCCCA Program of the Year standings. The Rebels lost NCAA Champions Mario Garcia Romo (indoor mile) and Sintayehu Vissa (outdoor 1500-meter) to the professional ranks, but return indoor NCAA weight throw champion Shey Taiwo for her final outdoor season.
In total, Ole Miss returns 12 who earned First or Second-Team status as an All-American in 2022 – highlighted by reigning NCAA weight throw runner-up Jasmine Mitchell, who begins 2023 ranked third in NCAA history and fifth in world history at her second-place NCAA toss of 24.94m/81-10 last season.
The Rebels also welcome in a powerful class of newcomers. Among numerous highly-touted additions are World U20 shot put champion Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan, and middle-distance specialist Cade Flatt – who won Gatorade National Athlete of the Year for boys track in 2021-22 after clocking the second-fastest 800-meter time in U.S. high school history at 1:46.48.
Ole Miss will open the 2023 indoor season with its first of three trips to Vanderbilt, beginning with the Commodore Challenge on Jan. 13-14. The Rebels will return to Nashville the following week for the Vanderbilt Invitational on Jan. 20-21 before the first of three trips to Arkansas this year with the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 27-28.
Following a week off at the beginning of February, Ole Miss will split squad at Vanderbilt’s Music City Challenge and Arkansas’ Tyson Invitational – both set for Feb. 10-11 – to conclude the indoor regular season. The Rebels will then return to Arkansas for the 2023 SEC Indoor Championships on Feb. 24-25 before the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships – held this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 10-11.
The Rebels will roll right into outdoor season the following week at Auburn’s Tiger Track Classic on March 17-18 before returning home to host the annual Ole Miss Classic on March 24-25.
A big split-squad weekend looms next, as Ole Miss will travel to two prestigious spring meets at the Texas Relays (held March 29-April 1) and the Stanford Invitational (March 31-April 1) before returning home for the Joe Walker Invite on April 7-8. Ole Miss will close out April and the outdoor regular season with a trip to UVA for the Virginia Challenge (April 20-22) and another split weekend at Mississippi State’s Maroon & White Invite (April 28) and the LSU Invite (April 29).
The Rebels will head right back to Baton Rouge two weeks later for the 2023 SEC Outdoor Championships on May 11-13. From there, qualified athletes will compete at the NCAA East Regional at North Florida on May 24-27, and then the 2023 NCAA Outdoor Championships – held this year at the University of Texas on June 7-10.
2023 Indoor Schedule
Jan. 13-14 – Commodore Challenge – Nashville, Tenn.
Jan. 20-21 – Vanderbilt Invitational – Nashville, Tenn.
Jan. 27-28 – Razorback Invitational – Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb. 10-11 – Music City Challenge – Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 10-11 – Tyson Invitational – Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb. 24-25 – SEC Indoor Championships – Fayetteville, Ark.
March 10-11 – NCAA Indoor Championships – Albuquerque, N.M.
2023 Outdoor Schedule
March 17-18 – Tiger Track Classic – Auburn, Ala.
March 24-25 – Ole Miss Classic – Oxford, Miss.
March 29-April 1 – Texas Relays – Austin, Texas
March 31-April 1 – Stanford Invitational – Palo Alto, Calif.
April 7-8 – Joe Walker Invite – Oxford, Miss.
April 20-22 – Virginia Challenge – Charlottesville, Va.
April 28 – Maroon & White Invite – Starkville, Miss.
April 29 – LSU Invite – Baton Rouge, La.
May 11-13 – SEC Outdoor Championships – Baton Rouge, La.
May 24-27 – NCAA East Regional – Jacksonville, Fla.
June 7-10 – NCAA Outdoor Championships – Austin, Texas