OXFORD, Miss. Ole Miss track and field head coach Joe Walker announced Thursday the addition of four new student-athletes to the track and field team.
Derek Johnson, a senior transfer from Drake University, began competing for the Rebels in January after becoming eligible prior to the start of the indoor season. While at Drake, Johnson was a 2006 Missouri Valley Conference champion in the 60 meter hurdles. In addition, Johnson was a 2007 Missouri Valley champion in the 110 meter hurdles. Johnson also finished ninth at the 2007 Indoor NCAA Championships and was a participant in the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Johnson holds personal bests of 7.76 in the 60 meter hurdles and 13.95 in the 110 meter hurdles.
The Lady Rebels were also the beneficiaries of a Drake University transfer in senior Kasey McDaniel. Like Johnson, McDaniel began competing for the Lady Rebels at the start of the indoor season. McDaniel was a 2006 Missouri Valley Conference champion in the 60 meter hurdles during her time at Drake. She holds personal bests of 8.33 in the 60 meter hurdles and 13.63 in the 100 meter hurdles.
Kristin Bridges, a senior at West Jones High School, signed an NLI to begin competing for the Lady Rebels during the 2008-09 season. Bridges was the 2006 state 4A champion in the 200 meter dash, the 2006 and 2007 state runner-up in the 100 meter dash and the 2007 state runner-up in the 200 meters. She owns personals bests of 11.71 in the 110 meters and 24.54 in the 200 meters. Her father, Earl Bridges, was a former All-American for Ole Miss in the triple jump, while also competing in the long jump and sprints.
Sugarius Larkin, a senior by way of Captain Schreve High School in Shreveport, La., was the 2007 state 4A champion in the long jump and triple jump. She was also the 2006 state 4A runner-up in the triple jump. Larkin boasts personal best marks of 19’0.75” in the long jump and 39’6.75” in the triple jump.