Rebels Produce Some Of Nation's Best Marks At Auburn Invitational

Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen

Jan. 22, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - For the second Saturday in a row, Ole Miss competed at Birmingham's new CrossPlex Indoor Track and Field Facility, this time putting together another impressive performance at the Auburn Invitational.

"It's not really easy to compare this meet to last weekend's as several people competed in different events," Rebels head coach Joe Walker said. "But it was another meet where people competed well and there were some new people who stepped up for us."

The No. 19 Rebel men got dominant performances from a variety of their athletes Saturday.

Like he has done so many times during the course of his storied collegiate career, junior All-American Ricky Robertson won the high jump with a mark of 7-04.25, which automatically qualifies him to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. He currently ranks second in the nation in the high jump. He also earned a second-place finish in the long jump with a jump of 24-05.50, which ranks him 15th in the nation.

Junior Isiah Young ran a time of 21.50 in the 200 meters, which ranks him in the school's top-five all-time in the event. He earned third place with his outstanding run on Saturday, second among collegiate competitors.

Oxford native Sam Kendricks, in only his second collegiate meet, achieved a height of 17-00.75 in the pole vault to tie him for second best ever in that event in school history. Despite only being a freshman, Kendricks currently holds a national ranking of No. 17 in the pole vault.

Walker was very pleased with the effort displayed by sophomore Kentrell Sanders Saturday. The Miami native won the triple jump with a distance of 50.00.75, which ranks him among the top 25 in the country this year.

On the women's side, senior Logan Waites, junior Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen and sophomore Kayleigh Skinner all turned in outstanding performances.

Waites finished eighth in the mile run with a career-best time of 4:51.96 to become only the second woman in school history to break the 5-minute mark in the indoor mile and rank second in the school record books.

Skinner turned in a mile time of 5:01.06 to also move into the school's top five in school history.

After winning the 800 meters last weekend at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener, Hellberg-Jonsen finished third in the event Saturday clocking a personal-best time of 2:11.25. At this time, she ranks 16th in the country in the event.

Also competing Saturday were two familiar Rebel faces: Former Rebel All-American and World Champion long jumper Brittney Reese along with fellow former men's All-American Jonathan Juin.

Reese, who is a frontrunner to win an Olympic gold medal this summer in the London Games, won the long jump with a leap of 22-00.25. Juin also claimed his event, the 200 meters, with a time of 21.38.

The Rebels are now done traveling to Birmingham this season but will travel to Lexington on Friday to compete in next weekend's Kentucky Invitational.



60 Meter Finals
8. Isiah Young - 6.76

60 Meters Prelims
8. Isiah Young - 6.74q
23. Bradley Shields - 7.04

200 Meters
3. Isiah Young - 21.50
16. Bradley Shields - 22.18
18. Jarius Baker - 22.39

400 Meters
5. Montez Griffin - 48.63
8. Carson Blanks - 48.89
9. Creighton Serrette - 48.92
22. Brian Word - 51.12
28. Robert Semien - 53.08
31. Dante Oliver - 55.55

1 Mile Run
3. Loren Newsom - 4:13.67
5. Riley Young - 4:16.73
8. Max Holman - 4:19.28

3000 Meters
8. Kipchirchir Kiptoo - 8:48.84

4x400 Meter Relay
3. Ole Miss `B' (Griffin, Word, Serrette, Oliver) - 3:14.11

Distance Medley
4. (Newsom, Blanks, Young, Holman) - 10:24.99

High Jump
1. Ricky Robertson - 7-04.25

Pole Vault
5. Sam Kendricks - 17-00.75
15. Stephen Greer - 15-01.00
16. Garrett Ferguson - 14-07.25
17. Jason Anderson - 14-07.25

Long Jump
2. Ricky Robertson - 24-05.50
4. Caleb Lee - 23-09.50
18. Alec Arena - 19-09.00

Triple Jump
1. Kentrell Sanders - 50-00.75
4. Morris Kersh - 49-02.50

Shot Put
Ben Lapane - FOUL


60 Meter Prelims
20. Jasmine Williams - 7.65
26. Lauren Hollingsworth - 7.75
33. LorRena DeJurnett - 7.93
37. Amber Wilson - 8.10
38. Brittany Bozeman - 8.26

60 Meter Hurdles Prelims
19. Taryn Hartfield - 8.92
22. Fabia McDonald - 8.99
25. Mary Ashton Nall - 9.17
32. Pamela Lee - 9.91
Christiana Coleman - DNF

200 Meter
20. Lauren Hollingsworth - 24.82
21. Jasmine Williams - 24.87
41. Amber Wilson - 26.55
42. Mary Ashton Nall - 26.77
43. LorRena DeJurnett - 27.04

400 Meters
5. Kristin Bridges - 54.89
25. Monica Williams - 58.55

800 Meters
3. Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen - 2:11.25
10. Anne Threlkeld - 2:19.12
12. Tia Leake - 2:19.78
15. Kelsey Breathitt - 2:21.40
16. Ryan Flore - 2:22.13
20. Emily Haberstroh - 2:25.09

1 Mile Run
8. Logan Waites - 4:51:96
12. Kayleigh Skinner - 5:01.06
21. Giana Leone - 5:09.56
30. McKenna Coughlin - 5:19.87

Distance Medley
2. (Ke. Breathitt, M. Williams, Skinner, Waites) - 12:25.62

High Jump
15. Pamela Lee - 5-05.75
16. Fabia McDonald - 5-05.75
Taylor Irby - NH

Pole Vault
12. Kelly McCormick - 10-08.00
Neal Tisher - NH

Long Jump
9. Allegra Wells - 18-11.75
10. Fabia McDonald - 18-07.75
11. Deonna Walton - 18-07.75
14. Rachel Jenkins - 18-03.00
20. Brittany Bozeman - 17-03.50

Triple Jump
2. Marci Morman - 40-04.25
3. Aria Gaines - 40-04.00

Shot Put
19. Brittany Bozeman - 33-07.25
20. Mary Ashton Nall - 31-03.25
21. Christiana Coleman - 27-03.25

Weight Throw
6. Jazmin Miller - 61-06.75

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