Big Victories Highlight Ole Miss' Outdoor Season Debut Rebels Dominate The Rhodes Open
Sam Kendricks (photo by Wesley Hitt)
March 18, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – After recently concluding an indoor season that produced five USTFCCCA All-Americans, the Ole Miss track and field team began its outdoor season in style Saturday at the Rhodes Open held at Rhodes College in Memphis.
The Rebels received brilliant performances by numerous athletes, claiming first place in 10 different events.
For the Rebel men, Bradley Shields won the 100 meters (10.70), freshman Sam Kendricks captured the pole vault title (16-6.5) and Benjamin Lapane won the javelin throw (206-9). Kendricks’ height Saturday currently ranks him 12th nationally in the event and fifth in school history after his first career outdoor meet.
The 4x400 meter relay time of 3:10.10 ranked as the nation’s third-fastest over the weekend, while the 4x100 meter relay time of 40.25 was the fifth-fastest in the nation.
Granger and Shields also competed in the 200-meter dash Saturday. Granger finished third and Shields fourth. Granger’s time of 21.34 ranks him 12th nationally in the event while Shields’ time of 21.54 ranks him 24th in the nation at the conclusion of the opening weekend.
Malcolm Davis finished second in the high jump with a height of 6-9.75, which ranks him 15th nationally in the event.
In the 400 meter hurdles, Carson Blanks placed second and Brian Word, third. Blanks’ time of 52.79 ranks him 17th nationally in the event, while Word’s time of 53.06 ranks him 22nd.
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