JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A total of five Ole Miss athletes qualified for the upcoming NCAA Championships in seven different events after a strong showing at the NCAA East Preliminary at Hodges Stadium this weekend.
Leading the way for the No. 11 nationally ranked Rebel men’s team were Ricky Robertson and Isiah Young, who both advanced to the national meet in two different events. To advance to the June 6-9 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, it took a top-12 finish at the East preliminary.
Robertson qualified in the high jump for the sixth straight time in his career (three indoor, three outdoor) by finishing fifth in Jacksonville (7-2.25). He also qualified in the triple jump after placing third (52-4).
Robertson has earned All-America honors five straight times in the high jump, including a runner-up finish on three occasions. He is also a five-time SEC champion in the event and the current world leader with a career-best jump of 7-7.25.
Young qualified in both the 100 meters and 200 meters after a good weekend of sprinting. He placed 11th in the 100 (10.29) on Friday before placing seventh in the 200 (20.51) on Saturday. It will be Young’s first career appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He was a first team All-American in the 60 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this year.
Other Rebel men to qualify for the national meet were Carson Blanks in the 400-meter hurdles (fifth place, 50.41) and Sam Kendricks in the pole vault (T10th place, 17-3.5). Blanks, a senior, will make his fourth straight NCAA Outdoor appearance, while Kendricks, a freshman, will make his first.
Senior Kristin Bridges was the lone Ole Miss woman to qualify for Des Moines this weekend. She placed 10th in the 400 meters with a personal-best time of 52.65, which ranks her fourth in school history.
Bridges will be joined in Des Moines by sophomore Fabia McDonald, who automatically qualified for the national meet in the heptathlon by ranking top 24 in the nation.
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