Rebels Excited For SEC/Big Ten Challenge Meet

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Kristin Bridges (photo by Joey Brent)
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Kristin Bridges (photo by Joey Brent)
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March 22, 2012

Meet Information/Results

OXFORD, Miss. - After a successful outdoor season debut at the Rhodes Open in Memphis, the Ole Miss track and field team is set to compete in the SEC/Big Ten Challenge meet this Friday in Starkville.

The meet will feature SEC schools Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee against Big Ten foes Indiana, Illinois, Ohio State (men), Purdue and Wisconsin.

Last season at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge, Ole Miss saw productive performances by several of its athletes. Kentrell Sanders captured the triple jump title, while on the women's side Kristin Bridges claimed the 400 meters and Aria Gaines won the triple jump and was a member of the winning 4x400 meter relay team.

The Rebels enter Friday's meet with several athletes currently ranked in the nation's top 50 in their specific events after the opening outdoor weekend.

Freshman Sam Kendricks ranks 12th nationally in the pole vault after producing a height of 16-6.50 at last weekend's Rhodes Open.

The Rebel men's relay 4x400 meter relay team and 4x100 meter relay team both rank in the nation's top five.

The 4x400 meter relay team consisting of Dante Oliver, Creighton Serrette, Isiah Young and Montez Griffin produced the third-fastest relay time in the nation last weekend in Memphis (3:10.10), while the 4x100 meter relay team of Mike Granger, Young, Bradley Shields and Jarius Baker ran the nation's fifth-best relay time (40.25).

On the women's side, Deonna Walton ranks 13th in the nation in the long jump (19-4.25), and Pamela Lee ranks 13th nationally in the high jump (5-7.75) after winning the event at the Rhodes Open.

Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen enters Friday's meet ranked 15th nationally in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.23).

The freshman pole vaulting duo of Ashleigh Culpepper and Kelly McCormick look to build upon their impressive outdoor debut last weekend. Both cleared 10-6 and rank in the top five in school history in the event after just one meet.

Events are scheduled to begin Friday morning at 9:00 with the women's hammer throw and conclude at 6:15 p.m. with the men's 4x400 meter relay.

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