JONESBORO, Ark. -Ricky Robertson tied for the best high jump in the NCAA this indoor season and Ole Miss athletes posted five total victories at the ASU Invitational on Friday.
"I thought we accomplished the goals we set out for this weekend," head coach Brian O'Neal said. "The difference between winning and losing is attitude and effort. I thought we had great attitude and effort and competed at a high level today."
Robertson, a senior from Hernando, Miss., added to an already spectacular start to the indoor season with his effort in the high jump at the ASU Convocation Center. His indoor personal-best clearance of 7-6 ties for the best mark in the NCAA this year and breaks his own school record of 7-5.75 that he set at the 2011 Arkansas State Invitational.
Robertson now has the rare distinction of leading or being tied for the NCAA lead in both the high jump and the triple jump. He produced the nation's top mark of 52-8.25 in the triple at last week's Auburn Invitational en route to SEC Field Athlete of the Week honors. He also ranks 25th nationally in the long jump.
"Ricky is having a special, special year," O'Neal said. "Now that we're moving from a training phase into a more competitive phase of the season, it's exciting to see the direction that he's heading."
Ole Miss swept the men's and women's 400 meter races in Jonesboro, as junior Montez Griffin won the men's race in 48.75 and senior Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen captured the women's title with a time of 57.32.
The men's freshman throwers continue to dent the Rebel record books with their early-career performances. Onyi Afoaku moved into fourth place all-time in the weight throw with a mark of 56-3.25, passing rookie teammate Kevin Conway's season best of 55-9.75 from Jan. 11.
Freshman Asia Cooper was back to her winning ways on Friday with a victory in the 55 meters. Her winning time of 7.01 ranks her sixth-best in school history. It was the third victory in four collegiate meets for the Jackson, Miss., native.
Sophomore Taryn Hartfield clocked a time of 7.88 in the 55-meter hurdles to move into second place on the all-time Ole Miss chart and finish in third place.
Junior Tia Leake won the 800 meters with a time of 2:14.69, while senior Jasmine Williams was runner-up in the 200 meters (25.04) and senior Jazmin Miller was runner-up in the weigh throw (59-9.5).
"This meet was great for a lot of different people," O'Neal said. "Taryn was really strong in the hurdles. It was good to see Asia back in the win column, and I'm excited to see what she does in the month of February as we prepare for the SEC Championships. I believe we are beginning to round into form. I can't wait to get back to training on Monday and get better for next weekend as we take the team to Notre Dame to compete against a lot of highly ranked teams."
The Meyo Invitational is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, in Notre Dame, Ind.
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