EUGENE, Ore. – It didn’t go exactly as Isiah Young planned it, but the Ole Miss senior had a fantastic performance in the NCAA Championships 100 meter final, placing third with a blazing time of 9.96 on Friday evening.
Young’s 9.96 lowers his own school record of 9.99 set at the NCAA East Preliminary two weeks ago. TCU’s Charles Silmon crossed the finish line first in 9.89 and Florida State’s Dentarius Locke was runner-up in 9.91. There was a 3.2 meters per second tailwind for the race.
The third-place finish by the Junction City, Kan., native earned his team six points to bring the Rebel men’s total to 16, which is tied for ninth in the team standings heading into Saturday’s final day of the meet. His third-place result is also the best in school history in the 100 meters at the NCAA Championships. Mike Granger previously had the best finish with a seventh-place effort in 2011.
Young will now turn his attention to Saturday’s 200 meter final (4:50 p.m. CT, ESPNU), the distance at which he is the two-time defending Southeastern Conference champion and a 2012 London Olympian. He placed fourth in the 200 at last year’s NCAA outdoor meet.
The lone Rebel female at the championships also turned in an outstanding performance on Friday.
Junior Mary Ashton Nall earned 14th place in the heptathlon with a huge personal best of 5,562 points. She remains third in school history with that score, which is just one point shy of her teammate Fabia McDonald’s 5,563 for second-best in the Ole Miss record books.
Over the two-day competition, Nall recorded personal bests in the 100-meter hurdles (13.77), 200 meters (24.90), long jump (18-11.25) and javelin (141-6). She closed strong in the final two events, as her javelin throw was fourth-best out of the 24 heptathletes and her 800 meter run of 2:17.76 was eighth-best.
The final day of the championships will see Young’s senior counterpart, Morris Kersh, compete in the men’s triple jump starting at 2:30 p.m. CT. Kersh is making his second appearance at the NCAA outdoor meet. He also made it in the triple jump in 2011.
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