DES MOINES, Iowa –Ricky Robertson turned in a runner-up performance in the high jump to lead Ole Miss on day three of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday at Drake Stadium.
Robertson was one of three Rebels to score points for the men’s team on Friday, as Lee Ellis Moore placed sixth in the 400 meter hurdles and Mike Granger got seventh in the 100 meter dash. Ole Miss is in 12th place in the men’s standings entering the final day of competition.
A native of Hernando, Miss., Robertson earned his fourth career top-five NCAA finish and third career runner-up finish. The sophomore placed second in his two NCAA Indoor Championship appearances and added a runner-up outdoor performance to arch-rival Erik Kynard of Kansas State on Friday, as he earned eight points for the Rebels. Robertson’s jump of 7-05.00 is one inch off his own school record. He is also a four-time SEC Champion in the event (two indoor, two outdoor).
After extensive rain and lightning delays on Thursday and Friday, a pair of Ole Miss runners endured slick conditions to put more points on the board Friday evening. Moore crossed the finish line sixth with a time of 50.20 in the 400 meter hurdles to grab three more points for his team. It was the second time in his career that the senior from Cordova, Tenn., has scored points for Ole Miss at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, also doing so in 2009.
Granger placed seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 10.33, earning two points for his team. The sophomore from Hickory, Miss., followed up a second-place showing in the 60 meters at this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships to cap off an outstanding year in the short sprints.
Also competing on Friday was sophomore Marci Morman, who placed 16th in the women’s triple jump (personal-best 41-03.25), senior Juliana Smith in the women’s hammer throw and sophomore Neal Tisher in the women’s pole vault. Smith and Tisher were unable to record any marks in their events.
Thursday’s action saw six more Rebels cap off fine seasons of their own. Junior Caleb Lee placed 14th in the men’s long jump (25-02.50). Senior Jonathan Juin finished 11th among men’s 200 meter runners (20.87) in Thursday’s semifinals to just miss a spot in Saturday’s finals (top eight advance). The women’s 4x400 meter relay squad of Kristin Bridges, Lauren Hollingsworth, Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen and Sofie Persson placed 17th in the semifinals with a time of 3:36.31.
Ole Miss has one more athlete to compete at the championships on Saturday – sophomore Morris Kersh in the men’s triple jump (11:05 a.m.).
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