DES MOINES -Isiah Young broke his own school record and captured his second straight 100-meter title at the Drake Relays to lead Ole Miss on Saturday, the final day of the prestigious track & field meet.
For the weekend, Ole Miss produced a pair of school records and numerous personal bests and marks that rank among the best in the nation this year. The 104th edition of the Drake Relays featured 19 Olympic medalists and many other top pro, college and prep athletes.
"This was our most complete weekend this season," said Rebel head coach Brian O'Neal. "Once you get into the championship part of the season, it's about starting strong and finishing strong. I thought we carried our momentum from one day to the next this weekend and we really stood up and competed. That's the type of effort and attitude we need to carry us into the SEC Championships."
Young ran 10.07 to blow away the high-level university competition and bettered his previous school record of 10.08 from last year's Drake Relays win. His time moves him up to No. 2 in the NCAA this year, while the +2.1 wind reading does not qualify his mark for world rankings. He has now posted back-to-back great times after his 10.09 last week in Oxford.
A senior from Junction City, Kan., Young also anchored the Rebels' 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays, which placed fourth and fifth, respectively. The 4x100 squad, which included Robert Semien, Anthony Branch and Creighton Serrette, clocked a strong time of 39.69 that is second-best in school history and among the best in the NCAA this year.
"Isiah had a great weekend," O'Neal said. "The emphasis was coming in here and running well on back-to-back days, which is what he'll have to do in getting ready for the SEC Championships. Yesterday he did a great job battling some headwinds and today he ran a good race, but I think he will be the first one to tell you he can clean up some things to be able to achieve some of the goals he has set for himself. What I really love about Isiah is that he is the consummate team guy. He loves being on the relays and doing whatever he can to help the Ole Miss Rebels."
Sam Kendricks continued his outstanding sophomore campaign on Saturday with a strong showing against a field of professionals in the London Games Rematch section of the men's pole vault. He tied for the third-best clearance of 18-0.5 and placed fifth on misses. He was the only collegian among the nine-man field.
On the women's side Saturday, sophomore Taryn Hartfield paced the Rebels with her performance in the 100-meter hurdles. Running against a strong headwind, Hartfield tied her personal best with a time of 13.53 to place third. She remains third-best in school history with that time.
Sophomore Haley Cutright was fast again in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, coming up just four seconds away from her school record with a time on Saturday of 10:25.26, placing fourth.
On Friday, Allegra Wells produced a second-place finish in the women's university long jump with a personal-best 20-5, which moved her up to No. 6 in school history.
On Thursday, Kayleigh Skinner broke her own school record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 34:59.20 to place third, and Mary Ashton Nall was runner-up in the heptathlon with a personal-best score of 5,324 (third-best in school history).
The 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships will be May 9-12 in Columbia, Mo.
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