Outdoor Track And Field Season Begins This Weekend

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Lee Ellis Moore
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Lee Ellis Moore
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

March 18, 2011

OXFORD, Miss. - Coming off an outstanding performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the Ole Miss track and field team sprints into the outdoor season with this weekend's Rhodes College Open Meet in Memphis.

The outdoor season begins with the Rhodes Open Meet on Saturday and will run through the June 8-11 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Ole Miss will host two meets - the Ole Miss Invitational on April 9 and the Mississippi Open April 23-24.

The Ole Miss men finished 11th in the nation at last weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships, while the women tied for 23rd. Five Rebel athletes were named All-Americans. First-team selections were Mike Granger and Ricky Robertson from the men's side and Sofie Persson and Juliana Smith from the women. Caleb Lee was a second-team All-America honoree.

Granger and Robertson both finished as the national runner-up in the 60 meters and high jump, respectively. Persson was third in the 800 meters and Smith finished fifth in the weight throw.

The men's team finish was its highest at the NCAA Indoors since placing 10th in 2001, and it was the women's highest finish since placing 13th in 2008.

"We are excited with the way we ended our indoor season and just as excited to be getting into outdoor track," said head coach Joe Walker, who is in his 29th season at the helm of the Rebel program. "The weather is good and we will hopefully build each week outdoor and finish just as strong as we did indoor. The outdoor season also allows us to host two home meets and gives our parents, friends and local fans a chance to see our team in action."

Some key Rebels to pay attention to in the outdoor season, in addition to the Indoor All-Americans, include returning All-American sprinter/hurdler Lee Ellis Moore, 3000-meter steeplechase SEC Champion Martin Kirui and senior sprinter Jonathan Juin on the men's side.

Women to watch include returning All-American sprinter LaJada Baldwin, returning SEC All-Freshman team members Brittany Bozeman (long jump), Jazmin Miller (hammer throw) and Neal Tisher (pole vault), 2011 SEC Indoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year Fabia McDonald (multi-events) and senior thrower Betty Williams.

For the first time in several years, Ole Miss will compete in the outdoor season without decorated long-distance runner Barnabas Kirui, who finished his eligibility with the most recent cross country season. Kirui was the 2010 SEC Outdoor Runner of the Year after winning the SEC Commissioner's Trophy with his top-three finishes in all three distance events at the league championships. He was also a three-time SEC Cross Country Champion. The Rebels also lost 2010 All-American Colin Moleton (javelin) to graduation.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Scholtz Joins Elite Group

      Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      The Ole Miss tennis program continues it's rich tradition under head coach Billy Chadwick of producing the best player in the country's toughest conference.  Today, the SEC office announced junior and two-time All-American Nik Scholtz as the Southeastern Conference Player... read more

    • Scholtz Named SEC Player Of The Year

      Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • Chadwick'sTop Moments: No. 10

      Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      Moving along chronologically, today we delve into the top 10 moments of Ole Miss men's tennis coach Billy Chadwick continuing with the 2005 season, which was one of the most exciting seasons in Ole Miss tennis history. In 2005, the... read more

    • VIDEO: SEC Network 'Take It All In' Promo

      Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 11

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      On this Monday we take a look at moment No. 11 of the top moments in Billy Chadwick's career.  This moment encompasses a year full of great accomplishments that Chadwick made the norm for the Ole Miss tennis program.  In... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 14-20)

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss went 1-2 last week vs. No. 7 LSU, dropping a 13-inning affair in the series opener before taking game two and falling in the series finale.- Ole Miss became the... read more

    • Baseball Scorecards Tell the Story

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Baseball

      Earlier this baseball season, Ole Miss tied a game on a dropped fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, which was a case of deja vu for Ole Miss fan Curtis Wilkie, who remembered the same... read more

    • Closing Time

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Normal 0 false false false EN-US... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Rebels Drop Series With Shutout Loss To LSU

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      Sam Smith posted his eighth straight quality start, but it was not enough, as LSU shut out Ole Miss 2-0 Saturday afternoon to take the three-game series. It was the first time that the Rebels had been shutout since a... read more

    • Rainy Start to the SEC Championships

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Ole Miss women's golf sports information... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Bousfield's 4-For-4 Game Lifts Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 18, 2014 -

      LSU looked to have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but right fielder Mark Laird dropped a fly ball in foul territory that would have been the final out and send the game to the fifth down... read more

    • Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Athletics

      BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ellis Duels Nola To A Draw In Series Opener

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Baseball

      For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more