LEXINGTON, Ky. - Long jumpers Ricky Robertson and Phillip Young scored big team points, while four Ole Miss runners qualified for Sunday's finals during day three of the SEC Outdoor Championships at the Kentucky Track & Field Complex Saturday.
The No. 18 nationally ranked Rebel men have positioned themselves for a strong finish. With 11 team points, Ole Miss is tied with Florida for sixth place in the men's standings entering Sunday. The Rebels' six total qualifiers (in events that held preliminaries on Friday and Saturday) are fourth-most of any team, while several field events should yield big points for Brian O'Neal's team, as well.
Robertson and Young placed fourth and fifth in the long jump, respectively, to earn nine points for the team on Saturday.
Competing in his fourth and final SEC outdoor meet, Robertson leaped out to a personal-best 25-3.5 on his sixth and final attempt to earn fourth place. That moves him into 10th place all-time at Ole Miss. The Hernando, Mississippi, native is scheduled to take part in his two best events, the high jump and triple jump, simultaneously at 3 p.m. ET/2 CT on Sunday.
Young, in his first season at Ole Miss after transferring from Florida State, jumped a personal-best 24-11 to claim fifth place. The Key West, Florida, native will compete Sunday in his premier event, the triple jump, in which he ranks fourth nationally.
Junior Malcolm Davis just missed scoring points in the long jump with his ninth-place result. He also registered a personal best at 24-8.5.
The 1,500 meters will be a good event for the Rebels on championship day - and for years to come. Saturday's prelims witnessed three Rebel freshmen - Sean Tobin, Robert Domanic and Trevor Gilley - among the top five qualifiers in the event. Tobin ran 3:50.67 for the second-fastest time of the day. Domanic was third-fastest at 3:50.68 and Gilley fifth at 3:51.98.
Another freshman, Jalen Miller, qualified for his second final with a blistering 10.37 in the 100 meter prelims. He will double up in the 200 meter final after qualifying for that distance on Friday.
Senior Mike Granger came close to being another qualifier in the 100, but his time of 10.51 was 11th-best in the prelims, and only the top nine advance to the final.
On the women's side, sophomore Ty Laporte and junior Taryn Hartfield were the top competitors for Ole Miss on Saturday. Laporte cleared a college personal best of 5-7.75 to place 10th in the high jump, while Hartfield was 12th in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 13.60.
Sunday's action gets underway at 11 a.m. ET/10 CT with the men's javelin. The excitement heats up at 2 p.m. ET/1 CT when Sam Kendricks takes the pole vault runway and the men's and women's 4x100-meter relays go around the track. As always, the meet will culminate with the 4x400-meter relays at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 CT.
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