OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss will send several of its athletes to Birmingham this weekend to participate in Saturday's Alabama High Tide Qualifier, an NCAA last chance meet hosted by the University of Alabama at the CrossPlex Indoor Track and Field Facility. It was also send a couple of relay teams to Friday's Arkansas Last Chance Meet in Fayetteville.
These Rebel athletes will be attempting to meet one of two ways to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Championships, which will be held March 9-10 in Nampa, Idaho. Athletes can achieve an automatic qualifying mark in their event or they can be ranked in the top 14 nationally in their event. After the top 14 are picked from their event, the NCAA selection committee generally chooses one to three more per event to fill out the championships field.
Junior All-American Ricky Robertson, who captured his third straight SEC indoor high jump title this past weekend, has automatically qualified in the event (7-04.50) and will not travel to the last chance meet. He currently ranks fifth-best in the country in the high jump, as well as 13th in the triple jump.
Fellow Rebels who will not be competing this weekend based on their high national rankings include junior All-American Mike Granger, senior All-American Caleb Lee and senior Isiah Young. Granger, who finished runner-up in the 60 meters during this past weekend's SEC Indoor Championships, currently ranks 10th nationally in the event (6.63). Lee boasts a national ranking of 13 in the long jump (25-03.25), while Young ranks eighth nationally in the 60 meters (6.62).
The Rebel men, ranked No. 21 nationally, will send sophomore Creighton Serrette and the freshman pole vaulting duo of Sam Kendricks and Stephen Greer to Birmingham. Serrette will be competing in the 400 meters (48.65), while Kendricks and Greer will participate in the pole vault. Kendricks had a very productive regular season and currently ranks 48th nationally in the event (17-00.75). Greer's season-best height was 15-07.25, which occurred at the Tyson Invitational.
For the Rebel women, juniors Allegra Wells and Deonna Walton will be vying to earn NCAA bids in the long jump. Wells, who is also a standout performer for the Rebel volleyball team, ranks 41st nationally in the long jump after jumping a distance of 19-11.50 at last weekend's SEC Indoor Championships. Walton, meanwhile, boasts a national ranking of 58 in the event (19-09.50).
Joining the Rebel long jump duo will be senior Aria Gaines and juniors Neal Tisher and Jazmin Miller. Gaines enters the weekend ranked 33rd nationally in the triple jump. Her best jump of the season was at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener when she jumped a distance of 41-07.00.
Tisher ranks 13th nationally in the pole vault after setting a school record in the event at last weekend's SEC Indoor Championships with a height of 13-10.50.
Miller ranks 36th nationally in the weight throw and placed fourth at the conference championships. Her best throw this season was a 64-4, which took place at the Kentucky Rod McCravy Memorial Meet back in January.
Ole Miss fell 17-10 in overtime to intrastate rival Mississippi State, but the Rebels' one score provided a special moment for two of the team's unsung players. Down 7-0 with 31 seconds left in the first half, Ole Miss called... read more
Ole Miss sent seniors Kellie Goss and Kara Morgan out with a win as the Rebels topped LSU 3-2 on Senior Night. "It was a great win," head coach Joe Getzin said. "We tweaked the lineup, and one of our... read more
One of the core values for the Ole Miss football program is mental toughness. With a rivalry game in a hostile environment, it will carry a greater importance. "You're going into a hostile environment, and that's the biggest thing," offensive... read more
The Egg Bowl returns to Thanksgiving night for the first time since 2003, which is also the last time Ole Miss won in Starkville. Thursday's game is the 110th meeting of one of the nation's most-played rivalries and the 86th... read more
Ole Miss had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 24-10 loss to No. 8 Missouri on Saturday night. The 24th-ranked Rebels now face a quick turnaround as they travel to face intrastate rival Mississippi State on Thursday night in... read more
Head coach Hugh Freeze meets with members of the media following Wednesday's practice.Ole Miss is the only school in the upper half of the SEC statistical rankings in every major offensive and defensive category. This week, the Rebels face one... read more
Photo Gallery Courtney Cunningham is a builder. While playing volleyball for Ole Miss from 2009-11, Cunningham helped build the Rebels into an NCAA Tournament team while also earning her civil engineering degree. From that degree, Cunningham is helping build... read more
There's a different air surrounding this week's primetime showdown with No. 8 Missouri, the Rebels' first top-10 test since a 27-24 win over then-No. 6 LSU back on Oct. 19. "It's a huge week for us," junior quarterback Bo Wallace... read more
Freshman wide receiver Laquon Treadwell caught a short pass from junior quarterback Bo Wallace, made six Troy defenders miss and dove into the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown. It was the start of a historic day for the Ole... read more
Ole Miss won its second ever NCAA Tournament game and set a school record for wins in a season with 16, as seven different Rebels scored in a 9-0 win over Jackson State Friday night. No. 22-ranked Ole Miss (16-5-2)... read more
Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, visited campus Wednesday. He spent time with head coach Hugh Freeze, spoke to the team and signed the equipment room Wall of Fame. "He's one of... read more
Ole Miss is bowl eligible for the second straight year under head coach Hugh Freeze after a 34-24 win over Arkansas this past Saturday. The Rebels are also 6-3 for the first time since 2009, when the started 8-3 before... read more
After Ole Miss took a 20-10 lead into halftime, the momentum swung in favor of Arkansas after an interception, a touchdown-scoring drive and a defensive three-and-out to start the third quarter. Now leading 20-17, senior quarterback Barry Brunetti converted a... read more
Junior guard Jarvis Summers scored a career-high 28 points to lift Ole Miss past Troy, 69-54, in Saturday's season opener in the Tad Smith Coliseum. He shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field, including 5-for-10 from 3-point range. "He was... read more