NCAA Indoor Championships Begin Friday

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Jalen Miller (photo by Joshua McCoy)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Jalen Miller (photo by Joshua McCoy)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

March 13, 2014

TWITTER: @OleMissTrack | @CoachBrianONeal

FACEBOOK: Ole Miss Track

USTFCCCA Meet Central | Entries/Start Lists | Live Results | ESPN3

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss sends two of the nation's top track & field athletes to Albuquerque, N.M., for this Friday and Saturday's NCAA Indoor Championships, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Junior pole vaulter Sam Kendricks and freshman sprinter Jalen Miller will represent the Rebels and seek to claim national titles in the men's pole vault and 60 meter dash, respectively.

Miller will start things off for Ole Miss in the 60 meter semifinals at 8:25 p.m. CT on Friday. Racing out of lane 1 in heat 1, Miller will try to be among the top eight that advance to Saturday's championship final (8 p.m. CT). The Tunica, Miss., native is one of five freshmen in the field of 16 that includes such superstars as Florida State's Dentarius Locke (2013 NCAA 100m runner-up), Alabama's Diondre Batson (2014 SEC 60m champion) and Houston's freshman sensation Cameron Burrell.

Kendricks will try to claim a second straight national title when the pole vault competition begins Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The reigning NCAA outdoor champion will jump 15th out of the 16 vaulters in Albuquerque. Among his competitors are two-time defending NCAA indoor champ Andrew Irwin of Arkansas and Canadian record holder Shawn Barber of Akron.

The meet will be streamed live on ESPN3.com and will be shown on tape-delay Saturday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

"It's the national championships," said head coach Brian O'Neal. "It's a big meet, but we won't do anything differently than we have all year. We will simplify things and just have the same mindset and the same competitive spirit that both Sam and Jalen have displayed all year long. And we expect the same results."

Kendricks, the No. 1 pole vaulter in the NCAA and U.S., captured the conference title in College Station, Texas and was named SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Year. The Oxford, Miss., native owns a season-best and school-record clearance of 18-8.25 from the Don Kirby Elite Invitational (Feb. 14) at the same Albuquerque facility at which he'll compete on Saturday. In six 2013-14 indoor meets, he has broken five meet records and two facility records and eclipsed 18 feet five times. He is undefeated in collegiate pole vault competitions since he won last year's NCAA outdoor title.

Kendricks earned first team All-America honors after finishing third at last year's NCAA indoor meet.

"Sam's process is just to go out there and compete, whether it's at a local meet or an NCAA championship," O'Neal said. "He always wants to be the best he can be. That's our process week-in and week-out. You come out here and do what you've been doing."

Miller, at only 18 years old from the small town of Tunica, has burst onto the national stage just as quickly as he gets out of his sprinter's starting blocks. He ranks 12th on the performance list for the 60 meter dash with a season-best 6.62 from the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York.

Miller captured third place in a tight SEC Championships 60 meter final in College Station behind Batson and Florida's Hugh Graham.

The Ole Miss men placed 23rd at last year's NCAA Indoor Championships behind scoring efforts from Kendricks in the pole vault and Ricky Robertson in the high jump. Their highest finish in school history was a ninth-place result in 1991. They finished 10th in 2001 and 11th in 2011 and have placed top 25 a total of nine of times throughout program history.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • ESPN's Chucky Mullins Documentary to Debut Thursday

      Monday, September 1, 2014 - Football

      The SEC Storied documentary "It's Time," centered on the the inspirational friendship between former Vanderbilt football player Brad Gaines and former Ole Miss football player Chucky Mullins, will premiere on Tuesday on the Vanderbilt campus and will debut on... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Aug. 31

      Sunday, August 31, 2014 - Athletics

      This is a new concept we've created for the Ole Miss Sports Blog that we're calling Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations... read more

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss-Boise State

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      The No. 18 Ole Miss football team won the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game defeating Boise State 35-13. The Rebels move into Southeastern Conference next week with a road test at Vanderbilt from Nashville's LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. The... read more

    • 'The New Normal' on Defense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- Boise State had been the highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 40.2 points per game dating back to the 2000 season.  Highlighted by four interceptions, eight tackles for loss and big hits by several different players, the... read more

    • Second-Half Surge for Rebel Offense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- After an up-and-down first half, which included a touchdown and three interceptions, senior quarterback Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense found their stride in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. Leading 7-6 early in the... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Boise State Motivational

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Boise State Official Team Motivational '14 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Boise State

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as Ole Miss opens its 2014 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State from Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Contrast in Experience Boise State has one of the youngest teams in the country with 67 freshmen... read more

    • Volleyball Opens Steven McRoberts Era

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Volleyball

      Here are three pieces to keep in mind as we look ahead to the Ole Miss volleyball team's season-opening weekend in Buffalo, New York, starting with Canisius on Friday morning, the first of four matches over three days at the... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 1 (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Dome, Sweet Dome for Atlanta Area Rebels

      Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Football

      For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships.  For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more

    • VIDEO: Forward Together Construction Update

      Monday, August 25, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Relentless is the Word on Defense

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Football

      ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word.  Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense.  And... read more

    • McCormick, Defense Shine in Win

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Soccer

      After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more

    • Rebels Battle to Draw on Historic Night

      Friday, August 22, 2014 -

      Big time crowd for @SECNetwork live sports event debut. Record attendance of 1,823 for @OleMissSoccer Let's finish strong.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 23, 2014 Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with... read more

    • Kiffin Pleased with Defensive Line Progress

      Friday, August 22, 2014 - Football

      Like defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, defensive line coach Chris Kiffin has been pleased with his players throughout fall camp, particularly the depth bolstered by the return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and the addition of sophomore Fadol Brown and... read more