Rebels Place Top 25 At NCAA Outdoor Championships

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Phillip Young (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Phillip Young (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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June 14, 2014

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EUGENE, Ore. - Ole Miss finished its 2014 track & field season Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, highlighted by Sam Kendricks' national title in the pole vault earlier in the week.

The Rebel men placed in a tie for 24th in the final team standings, giving them four straight top-25 NCAA team finishes (indoor and outdoor) under head coach Brian O'Neal. It's the first time in school history that the Rebels have finished top 25 at four straight NCAA track & field meets.

"We definitely gained some valuable experience this weekend, as we move our program forward," O'Neal said. "I was proud of our effort and I thought we had some good performances, but at the same time I thought we had some golden opportunities that we didn't capitalize on. With that being said, we do return most of these young men next season, so I expect us to learn from this experience as we move forward."

Junior Phillip Young capped the Rebels' performance in Eugene with a 10th-place effort in the triple jump on Saturday. The Key West, Florida, native jumped 52-0.5/15.86m and just missed advancing to the nine-man final by two inches.

On Thursday, junior Robert Semien placed 16th in the 110-meter hurdle semifinals with a time of 14.01. The Houston, Texas, native was making his first appearance at the national championships.

On Wednesday, Kendricks claimed his second straight NCAA outdoor pole vault title, becoming the first back-to-back outdoor national champion for Ole Miss since long jumper Savante' Stringfellow in 2000 and 2001. Kendricks' victory at 18-8.25/5.70m secured 10 team points for Ole Miss.

The 4x100-meter relay team of senior Mike Granger, freshman Jalen Miller, senior Creighton Serrette and freshman Kailo Moore finished 20th in the semifinals with a time of 40.05 on Wednesday.

"After losing Ricky Robertson, a guy that means a lot to this program, I thought our group did a good job of rallying together and fighting for the Red and Blue," O'Neal added.

COMPLETE AGATE

110 Meter Hurdle Semifinals
16. Robert Semien - 14.01

4x100 Meter Relay Semifinals
20. Ole Miss (Granger, Miller, Serrette, Moore) - 40.05

Pole Vault
1. Sam Kendricks - 18-8.25 (10 points)

Triple Jump
10. Phillip Young - 52-0.5

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