Ole Miss Primed for NCAA Indoors this Weekend
Jalen Miller (photo by Joshua McCoy)
March 12, 2015

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OXFORD, Miss. - All the races, jumps and throws of the 2015 indoor track & field season have paved the way for what should be a climactic final weekend this Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Ole Miss sophomore Jalen Miller headlines the Rebels' contingent of two males and two females that will compete among the very best in the collegiate ranks at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the University of Arkansas campus.

Joining Miller at the national meet are seniors Phillip Young and Fabia McDonald and freshman Brooke Feldmeier.

"Really excited to be going to the NCAA Championships with these four athletes," said head coach Brian O'Neal, who has directed the Ole Miss men to a top-25 NCAA finish at four straight national meets. "They've been tried and true throughout this season. They've overcome adversity. One thing we've learned about ourselves is that we can compete with anybody. That's what the expectation is this weekend. We know what the challenge is, but we know that we're prepared and ready."

ESPN3 will stream the meet live on Friday and Saturday, starting at 5:50 p.m. CT each day. A tape delay of the championship will air March 23 starting at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

The schedule for Ole Miss athletes is as follows:

Friday - 7:35 p.m. - M 60m semifinal (Miller)
Friday - 7:45 p.m. - W 800m semifinal (Feldmeier)
Saturday - 11:30 a.m. - W Pentathlon begins (McDonald)
Saturday - 6 p.m. - M Triple Jump trials & final (Young)
Saturday - 7:10 p.m. - M 60m final (Miller, if qualified)
Saturday - 7:20 p.m. - W 800m final (Feldmeier, if qualified)

Miller returns to the NCAA Indoor Championships for the second straight year. The Tunica, Mississippi, native was a first team All-American last year when he finished eighth in the 60 meters in a time of 6.69. His sophomore campaign has been a sparkling display of sprinting, with an undefeated record in nine races at 60 meters, including the Ole Miss program's first 60-meter SEC title with a time of 6.56. His season-best mark of 6.55 at the Armory in New York tied the school record and ranks him third nationally this season.

Young, who hails from Key West, Florida, will make his NCAA Indoor Championships debut for Ole Miss in the triple jump. He ranks ninth nationally with a season-best mark of 52-9.5 that he achieved in Fayetteville at the Tyson Invitational. Young placed third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump at the recent SEC indoor meet. It's not the first NCAA Championship appearance for Young, though. He competed for the Rebels in the triple jump at last year's NCAA outdoor meet, and during his time at Florida State he competed at four different national meets. For his entire career, he is a five-time All-American.

McDonald is a fifth-year senior from Middletown, Ohio, who will be making her second appearance in the pentathlon at an NCAA Indoor Championships and her third NCAA showing overall. McDonald broke her own school record and finished sixth in the ultra-competitive SEC pentathlon with a score of 4,168 points. She ranks 13th in the country this year. She was an All-American in 2012 when she placed 15th at the NCAA indoor meet.

Feldmeier has burst onto the scene with a phenomenal freshman season in the 800 meters. A native of Olympia, Washington, she broke the school record and finished runner-up at the SEC Championships with a time of 2:04.34 that earned her a spot at nationals. Her second-place finish was the best ever in any event for an Ole Miss freshman woman at the SEC indoor meet. She ranks ninth among all 800-meter women in the nation and is the top-rated freshman in the country. Perhaps the most impressive part of her story is that she's only run handful of "open" 800-meter races in her life, as she was a multi-event specialist during high school.

Last year, the Ole Miss men tied for 24th at the NCAA Indoor Championships on the back of Sam Kendricks' silver medal in the pole vault and Miller's eighth-place result in the 60 meters.

The Rebel men have finished top 25 in the country for every indoor and outdoor season since O'Neal took the helm in 2013.

The women have their first representatives since Asia Cooper made the final of the 60 meters in 2013.

In its history, Ole Miss has placed top 25 at the national indoor meet 10 times on the men's side with a best of ninth in 1991. The women have placed top 25 three times with a best of 13th in 2008.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter at@OleMissTrack and on Facebook at Ole Miss Track. And follow Coach O'Neal at @CoachBrianOneal.


 

 

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