Miller, Young Lead Rebels at NCAA Indoor Championships
Jalen Miller at the awards podium (photo by Joey Jones)
March 14, 2015



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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Jalen Miller earned a bronze medal in the men's 60 meters to lead the way for the Ole Miss Rebels at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships from the Randal Tyson Track Center.

On the weekend, Ole Miss athletes broke two school records and scored team points in three different events.

"We knew what the challenge was coming in here," head coach Brian O'Neal said. "I thought our young women and young men stood in the gap and fought hard. We know the NCAA Championships are the best of the best. To be top 16 in the country to get yourself in this tournament is a feat in itself. And then to come here and perform even better than we have all season long is a testament to our young men and women and how hard they work day in and day out. The best is still yet to come."

Miller, a sophomore from Tunica, Mississippi, finished third in the 60-meter final with a time of 6.57 one day after he was the top qualifier in a school-record 6.54. It was the first defeat of the season for Miller in the 60, but he has now run 6.60 or better an NCAA-best 10 times (in 11 races). His third place is the best 60-meter finish by a Rebel since Mike Granger was NCAA runner-up in 2011.

Phillip Young had a career day in the triple jump, posting an indoor personal-best 53-4.5 to finish eighth. With that jump, he moved into the No. 2 spot in the Ole Miss indoor record books. The Key West, Florida, native also had jumps of 52-10.75 and 52-10.25 that surpassed his previous indoor best. Of note, Young was twice before a top-eight finisher and All-American (as a Florida State Seminole) in 2012 and 2013 with jumps of 52-6 and 52-1.75, respectively.

Between Miller and Young, the Rebels scored seven points to finish tied for 28th in the men's team standings. They were one point shy of a top-25 finish.

For the women, freshman Brooke Feldmeier scored a point with an eighth-place finish in the 800 meters in 2:05.80. The Olympia, Washington, native capped a phenomenal rookie season by being one of only 13 freshmen women to place top eight at the NCAA indoor meet. Her time of 2:04.30 in the semifinals broke her own school record that she set in a runner-up finish at the SEC meet.

Feldmeier's point gave Ole Miss a 52nd-place finish in the women's team standings.

Senior Fabia McDonald retired from the pentathlon prior to the final event (800 meters) due to a reaggravation of her hamstring. Before she withdrew, she put together a solid performance that included a personal-best shot put of 41-1.5 (top 10 in school history) and a near-season best of 18-8.75 in the long jump.

Oregon took home the men's team championship with 74 points, while Arkansas won the women's championship with 63 points on its home track.

The Rebels will waste no time switching to the outdoor season with next weekend's season-opening Alabama Relays scheduled to begin Thursday.

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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MEN

60 Meter Final
3. Jalen Miller - 6.57 (6 points)

60 Meter Semifinals
1. Jalen Miller - 6.54Q (SR)

Triple Jump
8. Phillip Young - 53-4.5 (1 point)

WOMEN

800 Meter Final
8. Brooke Feldmeier - 2:05.80 (1 point)

800 Meter Semifinals
4. Brooke Feldmeier - 2:04.30q (SR)

Pentathlon
Fabia McDonald - DNF


 

 

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