OXFORD, Miss. - The culmination of Ole Miss' indoor track & field season is this weekend, as Rebel athletes Ricky Robertson, Sam Kendricks and Asia Cooper take their talents to the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
The national meet will be held Friday and Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center, which also hosted the SEC Indoor Championships two weeks ago.
Fans can watch the ESPN3.com live stream beginning at 5:25 p.m. CT on Friday and 5:50 p.m. CT on Saturday. A highlight package of the two days will air on ESPNU at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 17.
The three Rebels accepted to the meet will compete in four different events. Representing the No. 23-ranked Ole Miss men will be Robertson in the high jump and triple jump and Kendricks in the pole vault. Cooper will run in the women's 60 meters.
"It's a reward for the great season that they've had so far," Ole Miss head coach Brian O'Neal said. "We're looking to go there and compete for a national championship in their individual events."
New this indoor season, the NCAA accepted the top 16 ranked athletes in the country in each individual event, making it more difficult than ever to earn a spot in the championships field.
Robertson, a senior, ranks third nationally in the high jump (7-6) and eighth in the triple jump (52-8.25). Impressively, he would have also qualified for NCAAs in the long jump if he had submitted an entry, as he ranks 15th in that event (25-2.75).
The Hernando, Miss., native will be making his fourth straight appearance at the NCAA indoor meet. He was the high jump runner-up in 2010 and 2011, and he participated in both the high jump and triple jump last year. Between his indoor and outdoor careers, Robertson is a six-time All-American, six-time SEC champion and holds two school records.
Kendricks ranks eighth among NCAA pole vaulters (18-1.75). The Oxford, Miss., native is making his first NCAA indoor appearance. He was a second team All-American last year after placing 10th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Just a sophomore, he already owns both the indoor and outdoor school pole vault records.
Senior Morris Kersh just missed the cut in the triple jump. He ranks 20th nationally (51-11.75).
As a team, the Ole Miss men placed 56th at last year's NCAA indoor meet with two points from Isiah Young in the 60 meters. Two years ago, they placed 11th.
Cooper has burst onto the college scene as a rookie and ranks ninth in the women's 60 meters (7.31). The Jackson, Miss., native is the top-ranked freshman in the country and placed fifth at the recent SEC Indoor Championships. Her season-best time of 7.31, which was converted from 7.29 due to altitude in Albuquerque, ranks her third-best in school history.
Junior Allegra Wells just missed the cut in the long jump. She ranks 22nd nationally (20-4.5).
As a team, the Ole Miss women did not score at last year's NCAA indoor meet. They came in 23rd place in 2011.
Schedule of Events for Ole Miss Athletes
Friday: 5:30 p.m. - Men's Pole Vault Final 6:55 p.m. - Women's 60m Semifinals
Saturday: 3:30 p.m. - Men's High Jump Final 6:00 p.m. - Men's Triple Jump Trials & Final 7:00 p.m. - Women's 60m Final
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