Two Ole Miss Records Fall at NCAA Indoors
Brooke Feldmeier (photo by Joshua McCoy)
March 13, 2015

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The first day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships could not have gone better for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Two runners competed at the Randal Tyson Track Center, and they both broke school records and advanced to Saturday's final.

Sophomore Jalen Miller was the top qualifier in the men's 60 meters in 6.54, which broke the Ole Miss record of 6.55 he shared with former All-American Mike Granger. Only seven men have ever run faster in the history of the NCAA Indoor Championships. Miller, from Tunica, Mississippi, has won every 60-meter race he's run in 2015 and has clocked 6.60 or better in nine of those 10.

"I noticed it," Miller said of his record-breaking time. "But my goal is just to come in, compete and run my race. I know if I can stay consistent and run good times, my body will adjust to running good times."

Miller will line up in Saturday's 60-meter final at 7:10 p.m. CT. He finished eighth in last year's final as a freshman. The only NCAA champion from Ole Miss in the event was Greg Saddler in 1994 (55 meters).

A freshman from Olympia, Washington, Brooke Feldmeier kept her magical rookie season alive by qualifying for Saturday's final in the 800 meters. She lowered her own school record from 2:04.34 to 2:04.30 and finished fourth among the 16 semifinalists. She was the only freshman in that elite field of runners.

Feldmeier will run in Saturday's 800-meter final at 7:20 p.m. She's the first 800-meter indoor finalist from Ole Miss since Sofie Persson in 2011 (whose school record Feldmeier broke earlier this year).

"Today was a qualifying day, and our young man and young woman did what they came here to do," head coach Brian O'Neal said. "I thought we came in prepared and ready for the task. Now we'll go back to the hotel, get some rest, and get ready to put our best foot forward tomorrow. Another challenge awaits."

Miller and Feldmeier join fellow Rebels Fabia McDonald and Phillip Young, who will also compete on the final day of the NCAA indoor meet. McDonald will compete in the women's pentathlon, which gets underway at 11:30 a.m. Young will take part in the men's triple jump at 6 p.m.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter at@OleMissTrack and on Facebook at Ole Miss Track. And follow Coach O'Neal at @CoachBrianOneal.

 

 

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