Five Total Rebels Qualify For NCAA Championships This Weekend

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Isiah Young (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Isiah Young (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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May 26, 2012

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.

Other Ole Miss athletes who just missed a spot at nationals by finishing outside the top 12 included Mike Granger in the 100 meters (15th, 10.37), Benjamin Lapane in the javelin (15th, 215-6), the men’s 4x400 meter relay team of Dante Oliver, Creighton Serrette, Brian Word and Montez Griffin (13th, 3:06.81), Jasmine Williams in the 200 meters (16th, 23.76) and the women’s 4x100 meter relay team of Shari Russell, Jasmine Williams, Monica Williams and Bridges (14th, 45.14).

The women’s 4x400 meter relay team had a chance to do well and place top 12, but McDonald was tripped up during her third leg and hurt the Rebels’ chances.

COMPLETE AGATE

Men

100 Meter Quarterfinals
11. Isiah Young – 10.29Q (advances to NCAA Championships)
15. Mike Granger – 10.37

100 Meter Prelims
15. Isiah Young – 10.48Q
16. Mike Granger – 10.50Q

200 Meter Quarterfinals
7. Isiah Young – 20.51Q (advances to NCAA Championships)

200 Meter Prelims
2. Isiah Young – 20.45Q

400 Meter Prelims
37. Dante Oliver – 47.37
39. Montez Griffin – 47.58

400-Meter Hurdle Quarterfinals
5. Carson Blanks – 50.41Q (advances to NCAA Championships)
23. Brian Word – 52.84

400-Meter Hurdle Prelims
1. Carson Blanks – 50.70Q
21. Brian Word – 52.26q

4x100 Meter Relay
20. Ole Miss (Oliver, Serrette, Griffin, Shields) – 40.99

4x400 Meter Relay
13. Ole Miss (Oliver, Serrette, Word, Griffin) – 3:06.81

Long Jump
21. Caleb Lee – 23-11

Triple Jump
3. Ricky Robertson – 52-4Q (advances to NCAA Championships)
20. Kentrell Sanders – 49-7.75
35. Morris Kersh – 48-1.25

High Jump
5. Ricky Robertson – 7-2.25Q (advances to NCAA Championships)

Pole Vault
T10. Sam Kendricks – 17-3.5Q (advances to NCAA Championships)

Javelin
15. Benjamin Lapane – 215-6

Women

100 Meter Quarterfinals
25. Jasmine Williams – 11.73

100 Meter Prelims
27. Jasmine Williams – 11.78q

200 Meter Quarterfinals
16. Jasmine Williams – 23.76

200 Meter Prelims
18. Jasmine Williams – 23.83Q

400 Meter Quarterfinals
10. Kristin Bridges – 52.65q (advances to NCAA Championships)

400 Meter Prelims
10. Kristin Bridges – 53.27Q

100-Meter Hurdle Prelims
31. Taryn Hartfield – 13.58

400-Meter Hurdle Quarterfinals
22. Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen – 1:00.63

400-Meter Hurdle Prelims
20. Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen – 59.45Q

3,000-Meter Steeplechase
27. Katie Breathitt – 10:26.39

4x100 Meter Relay
14. Ole Miss (Russell, J. Williams, M. Williams, Bridges) – 45.14

4x400 Meter Relay
23. Ole Miss (M. Williams, Hellberg-Jonsen, McDonald, Bridges) – 3:47.72

Long Jump
25. Deonna Walton – 19-6
33. Marci Morman – 19-2.5
34. Rachel Jenkins – 19-2
47. Allegra Wells – 17-6

Triple Jump
29. Aria Gaines – 40-6
40. Marci Morman – 39-5.75

Pole Vault
Neal Tisher - NH

Javelin
Fabia McDonald - FOUL

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