DES MOINES, Iowa – Pole vaulters Sam Kendricks and Neal Tisher led the Ole Miss track and field team during Friday’s events at the prestigious Drake Relays held at Drake Stadium.
The freshman Oxford native, Kendricks, entered the weekend ranked seventh in the nation in the pole vault after breaking Baker Vinci’s 27-year old school record last weekend at the LSU Alumni Gold meet. Friday he performed well again and cleared a height of 17-4.5 to finish fourth.
Tisher, a junior from Mobile, Ala., cleared a height of 13-1.5 to also finish fourth in the women’s pole vault. She currently ranks 21st nationally in the event.
Several other Rebel athletes had strong opening day performances and qualified to advance to Saturday’s finals in their respective events.
Junior All-American Isiah Young finished first among all sprinters in the preliminaries of the 100 meters with a time of 10.37 to advance to Saturday’s final.
The Rebels’ 4x100 meter relay team of Shari Russell, Hollingsworth, Jasmine Williams and Bridges also advanced to the finals (45.98). Currently they rank as the 27th-best 4x100 meter relay team in the nation.
Jasmine Williams ran the second-fastest time of the day (12.07) in the preliminaries of the 100 meters to advance to the finals.
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