April 20, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. - For the second weekend in a row, Ole Miss senior Isiah Young posted two of the world's best times this year in the 100 and 200 meters, while he led the No. 11 Rebel men at the Mississippi Open on Saturday.
The Ole Miss men and women racked up 13 total victories at the Ole Miss Track & Field Complex in their final home meet of the year and defeated Mississippi State in dual meet scoring.
"It's good any time you can have your in-state rivals come and compete," said Ole Miss head coach Brian O'Neal. "It's good for our sport. Anytime we host a meet on our campus, we want to make sure we're putting our best foot forward."
Young was on fire Saturday, blazing to victorious times of 10.09 in the 100 and 20.39 in the 200 and also helping the 4x100 meter relay squad to a winning time of 39.90 and the 4x400 meter relay team to a victory in 3:10.57.
Young's 10.09 in the 100 is tied for third-best in the world this year and is second among collegians in 2013. The Junction City, Kan., native finished just .01 second from his school-record 10.08 from last year.
His 20.39 in the 200 ranks him third in the world and second in the NCAA, as well. He also holds the school record in that event with a 20.16 last year.
The 4x100 relay team of Quintavius Burdette, Anthony Branch, Creighton Serrette and Young clocked a season-best 39.90 to win the event. That time is tied for fourth-best in school history and ranks Ole Miss 14th in the NCAA this year.
Saturday was also Senior Day for the Ole Miss track & field team. Three men and eight women were honored on the infield during the day - Morris Kersh, Isiah Young and Riley Young on the men's side and Katie Breathitt, Kelsey Breathitt, Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen, Jazmin Miller, Marci Morman, Anne Threlkeld, Deonna Walton and Jasmine Williams.
"I appreciate all the hard work that our senior group has put into performing admirably for the Red and Blue," O'Neal. "For them to cap off their career and come up with some really good performances and go out on a high note is always what you want for your senior class, and I thought that happened today."
This year's world leader in the pole vault, sophomore Sam Kendricks, had another strong outing with a facility record for the second week in a row. He cleared 18-1.25 to beat his facility record of 18-1 from last week. The world leader with a mark of 19-0.75 has now won nine straight regular-season pole vault titles.
"You always want your stars to step up, and I thought again that Sam and Isiah had really good days for us," O'Neal said. "As we get ready to head into championship season, we're going to continue to lean on our stars."
Robert Semien claimed victory in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 14.10 that moves him up to No. 5 in the school record books. He also moves into the top 50 nationally this year.
Benjamin Lapane broke the meet record in the javelin with a personal-best heave of 218-0 to win the event. He remains third in school history with that throw.
Other winners on the men's side were Seumas O'Reilly in the 5,000 meters (14:58.88), the 4x400 meter relay (3:10.57), Malcolm Davis in the long jump (23-4.75) and Hunter Harrison in the discus (170-0).
Haley Cutright continues to lead the Rebel women with her outstanding sophomore year. She won the 1,500 meters in a personal-best time of 4:25.40 that moves her up to No. 2 in the school record books. She also ranks top two in school history in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000 meters.
Other Ole Miss victories on the women's side included Marci Morman in the long jump (19-6) and the 4x100 meter relay squad of Shari Russell, Destiny Lundy, Jasmine Williams and Asia Cooper (45.61).
The Rebels will be back in action this coming Thursday-Saturday at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. That is the same site as the upcoming 2013 USA Track & Field Championships in June.
TEAM DUAL MEET SCORES
MEN: Ole Miss 107, Mississippi State 54
WOMEN: Ole Miss 91, Mississippi State 65
1. Isiah Young - 10.09
3. Anthony Branch - 10.60
12. Quintavius Burdette - 11.13
1. Isiah Young - 20.39
2. Anthony Branch - 21.09
4. Robert Semien - 21.81
3. Creighton Serrette - 48.04
4. Loren Newsom - 1:54.57
5. Garrett Rogers - 1:57.27
9. Alex Nichols - 2:01.43
1. Seumas O'Reilly - 14:58.88
2. Ian Carter - 15:05.37
7. Al Lowe - 15:28.76
1. Robert Semien - 14.10
4. Peyton Moss - 15.32
3. Dante Oliver - 55.44
4. Tyler Harrison - 56.92
5. Jonathan Redding - 56.98
4x100 Meter Relay
1. Ole Miss (Burdette, Branch, Serrette, I. Young) - 39.90
4x400 Meter Relay
1. Ole Miss `A' (I. Young, Griffin, Oliver, Branch) - 3:10.57
4. Ole Miss `B' (Serrette, Moss, Redding, Harrison) - 3:24.34
5. Ole Miss `C' (Nichols, Newsom, Rogers, Barnes) - 3:30.35
1. Sam Kendricks - 18-1.25 (FR)
Garrett Ferguson - NH
1. Malcolm Davis - 23-4.75
6. Peyton Moss - 19-9.5
1. Hunter Harrison - 170-0
3. Onyi Afoaku - 160-3
2. Onyi Afoaku - 146-2
1. Benjamin Lapane - 218-0
5. Peyton Moss - 140-8
3. Asia Cooper - 11.72
5. Shari Russell - 11.84
7. Jasmine Williams - 11.87
4. Destiny Lundy - 57.02
5. Mariah Buford - 57.80
8. Monica Williams - 59.69
3. Ryan Flore - 2:17.46
1. Haley Cutright - 4:25.40
7. Amy McCrory - 4:37.64
8. Anne Threlkeld - 4:40.36
13. Tia Leake - 4:53.97
2. Taryn Hartfield - 13.66
5. Racquel Moses - 14.18
3. Racquel Moses - 1:01.36
4. Kiannah Alexander - 1:01.45
5. Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen - 1:03.17
4x100 Meter Relay
1. Ole Miss (Russell, Lundy, J. Williams, Cooper) - 45.61
4x400 Meter Relay
2. Ole Miss `A' (Hellberg-Jonsen, Alexander, Buford, M. Williams) - 3:44.98
5. Ole Miss `B' (Lundy, Leake, Moses, Hartfield) - 3:54.21
4. Ashleigh Culpepper - 11-0.75
5. Taylor Irby - 5-1
1. Marci Morman - 19-6
3. Shari Russell - 18-5.25
T8. Shannon Spence - 17-3.5
T8. Haley Cox - 17-3.5
Allegra Wells - FOUL
8. Amber Wilson - 33-6.5
Shari Russell - FOUL
Shannon Spence - FOUL
7. Mary Ashton Nall - 34-11.75
9. Fabia McDonald - 33-3
3. Jazmin Miller - 161-7