Robertson Leads Ole Miss To Big Weekend At SEC Indoors

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Logan Waites (photo by Cheryl Treworgy)
Logan Waites (photo by Cheryl Treworgy)

Feb. 26, 2012

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Final Results

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Led by the outstanding jumping feats of Ricky Robertson and a few school-record performances, the Ole Miss track and field team concluded competition at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships held at the University of Kentucky’s E.J. Nutter Field House Sunday.

Recording 53.50 points over the weekend, the No. 22 nationally ranked Rebel men earned a sixth-place team finish, while the Rebel women finished eighth overall with 34 points. It was the men’s best SEC indoor result since finishing sixth in 1994.

“I was very proud of how hard our teams fought,” Rebel head coach Joe Walker said. “We came up a little short of what would have been a perfect meet, but all of our kids gave great efforts. This is a much better effort than we had last year, and 2011 ended up being a great year for us, so I am optimistic about NCAA indoors and then outdoors.”

The weekend was highlighted by junior All-American Ricky Robertson, who was awarded the Cliff Harper Trophy for being the high-points scorer of the meet. Robertson tied for the award with Kentucky’s Luis Orta by scoring 20 points. Robertson is the second Rebel to score the most points at an SEC Indoor Championship, joining Tony Dees (1984).

“Winning the Cliff Harper Trophy was a great honor for Ricky,” Walker said.

Robertson captured his third consecutive SEC indoor high jump title, which also was his fifth straight league high jump title overall.

Securing the 2012 title Saturday, the Hernando, Miss., native is just the third athlete in SEC history to win three or more men’s indoor high jump titles, while his winning leap of 7-4.5 tied the Kentucky, E.J. Nutter Field House facility record and ranks him fifth in the NCAA this year. He also placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 24-09.75 and fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 51-07.00.

Ole Miss witnessed dominant performances by several of its athletes on Sunday.

Junior All-American Mike Granger clocked a time of 6.63 in the 60 meters finals to finish second in the event, which earned the Rebel men eight points. Granger was the runner-up by only .001 second behind NCAA leader Harry Adams of Auburn. He beat out two-time defending NCAA champion Jeff Demps of Florida, as well as teammate Isiah Young, who came in eighth to provide the Rebels one point.

Freshman Robert Semien now ranks fourth-best in school history in the 60 meter hurdles after running 8.08 for a sixth-place finish in the finals of the event Sunday.

Young scored two more points for the Rebel men in the 200 meters, where he finished seventh with a time of 21.29.

The Rebel men’s 4x400 meter relay team consisting of Dante Oliver, Montez Griffin, Carson Blanks and Brian Word placed fifth to score four points, running a time of 3:09.87 to rank top 10 in school history.

Sophomore Kentrell Sanders’ triple jump mark of 50-04.75 placed him sixth and scored the Rebels three points.

The Ole Miss men’s distance medley relay team composed of Loren Newsom, Creighton Serrette, Riley Young and Kipchirchir Kiptoo now rank as the fifth-best distance medley relay team in school history after producing a relay time of 10:00.52 Sunday, which earned them a sixth-place finish and notched the Rebels three points.

Freshman Oxford native Sam Kendricks provided the Rebels 2.5 points with his pole vault height of 17-0, earning him a sixth-place finish in the event.

Oliver placed seventh in the 400 meters with a time of 47.99, earning two points for his team.

On the women’s side, senior Logan Waites rewrote her own history once again. The senior Hattiesburg, Miss., native broke her 5,000 meters school record from earlier this season Sunday when she recorded a time of 16:26.69. Her 5,000 meters time earned her a third-place finish, and provided the Rebel women six points.

A new school record was set by the Ole Miss women’s distance medley relay team Sunday as Anne Threlkeld, Taryn Hartfield, Tia Leake and Kayleigh Skinner ran a relay time of 11:42.92 to finish ninth in the event.

The women’s 4x400 meter relay team of Lauren Hollingsworth, Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen, Monica Williams and Kristin Bridges produced a relay time of 3:37.74, finishing fifth and garnering Ole Miss four points. Meanwhile the 3:37.74 relay time now ranks five-best in school history.

Junior Jazmin Miller scored five points after finishing fourth in the weight throw (62-11.50), while senior Aria Gaines scored three points for the Rebels Sunday, as her triple jump distance of 40-10.25 earned her a sixth-place finish.

Other school records set during the weekend were by Fabia McDonald in the pentathlon (4,005) and Neal Tisher in the pole vault (13-10.50).

Next up for Ole Miss is the NCAA last chance meets, which will be held Saturday March 3. Walker said the team will decide Monday where and which athletes will be competing on that day.



60 Meter Finals
2. Mike Granger – 6.63 (8 points)
8. Isiah Young – 6.80 (1 point)

60 Meter Prelims (Saturday)
4. Isiah Young – 6.65Q
8. Mike Granger – 6.74Q
20. Bradley Shields – 6.96

60 Meter Hurdles Finals
6. Robert Semien – 8.08 (3 points)

60 Meter Hurdles Prelims (Saturday)
9. Robert Semien – 8.32q

200 Meters Finals
7. Isiah Young – 21.29 (2 points)

200 Meters Prelims (Saturday)
3. Isiah Young – 21.15
12. Mike Granger – 21.55
21. Bradley Shields – 21.98

400 Meters Finals
7. Dante Oliver – 47.99

400 Meters Prelims (Saturday)
8. Dante Oliver – 47.31
11. Montez Griffin – 47.62
13. Brian Word – 47.70
20. Carson Blanks – 48.85
27. Creighton Serrette – 49.69

800 Meters Prelims (Saturday)
17. Riley Young – 1:54.22

Mile Run Prelims (Saturday)
13. Loren Newsom – 4:16.25

3,000 Meters (Saturday)
17. Kipchirchir Kiptoo – 8:34.10

5,000 Meters
15. Max Holman – 15:15.83
16. Al Lowe – 15:15.83

4x400 Meter Relay
5. Oliver, Griffin, Blanks, Word – 3:09.87 (4 points)

High Jump (Saturday)
1. Ricky Robertson – 7-04.50 (10 points)
t7. Malcolm Davis – 6-09.50

Long Jump (Saturday)
4. Ricky Robertson – 24-09.75 (5 points)
5. Caleb Lee – 24-07.00 (4 points)
13. Malcolm Davis – 23-01.75
18. Alec Arena – 22-01.00

Triple Jump
4. Ricky Robertson – 51-07.00 (5 points)
6. Kentrell Sanders – 50-04.75 (3 points)
9. Morris Kersh – 49-09.75

Distance Medley
6. Newsom, Serrette, R. Young, Kiptoo – 10:00.52 (3 points)

Pole Vault
T6. Sam Kendricks – 17-00.00 (2.5 points)
Stephen Greer – NH


60 Meter Prelims (Saturday)
18. Jasmine Williams – 7.68

60 Meter Hurdles Prelims (Saturday)
13. Taryn Hartfield – 8.51

200 Meters Prelims (Saturday)
16. Jasmine Williams – 24.47

400 Meters Prelims (Saturday)
12. Kristin Bridges – 54.41
21. Lauren Hollingsworth – 55.65
31. Monica Williams – 56.56

800 Meters Prelims (Saturday)
11. Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen – 2:10.07
19. Giana Leone – 2:23.50
14. Tia Leake 2:14.21

Mile Run Prelims (Saturday)
21. Anne Threlkeld – 4:59.14
25. Haley Cutright – 5:01.92
26. Kelsey Breathitt – 5:02.71
28. Giana Leone – 5:06.61

3,000 Meters (Saturday)
17. Kayleigh Skinner – 10:02.53

5,000 Meters
3. Logan Waites – 16:26.69 (SR) (6 points)

Distance Medley
9. Threlkeld, Hartfield, Leake, Skinner – 11:42.92 (SR)

4x400 Meter Relay
5. Hollingsworth, Hellberg-Jonsen, M. Williams, Bridges – 3:37.74 (4 points)

High Jump
11. Pamela Lee – 5-08.00
t15. Fabia McDonald – 5-06.00

Long Jump (Saturday)
4. Allegra Wells – 19-11.50 (5 points)
6. Deonna Walton – 19-08.25 (3 points)
11. Rachel Jenkins – 19-02.50
15. Marci Morman – 19-00.50
17. Fabia McDonald – 18-09.75
20. Shari Russell – 18-06.00
22. Brittany Bozeman – 18-04.25

Triple Jump
6. Aria Gaines – 40-10.25 (3 points)
11. Marci Morman – 39-08.50

Pole Vault (Saturday)
5. Neal Tisher – 13-10.50 (SR) (4 points)

Weight Throw
4. Jazmin Miller – 62-11.50 (5 points)

Pentathlon (Friday)
5. Fabia McDonald – 4,005 (SR) (4 points)
9. Brittany Bozeman – 3,542
10. Mary Ashton Nall – 3,537
12. Christiana Coleman – 2,844

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