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.
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