NEW ORLEANS - The preseason edition of the 2014 USTFCCCA national men's track & field poll was released Tuesday, and Ole Miss is ranked 12th behind some of the nation's top athletes in their respective events.
The Rebels, who placed eighth at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships, boast three men ranked as the top returners in their event nationally. Junior Sam Kendricks is No. 1 in the pole vault (school-record 19-0.75), senior Ricky Robertson is first in the high jump (school-record 7-7.25) and senior Phillip Young, a Florida State transfer, is tops in the triple jump (53-5.75).
Also ranked among the top 25 in their event are senior Mike Granger and freshman Jalen Miller in the 100 meters, the 4x100-meter relay squad, and Robertson in both the triple jump and long jump. The USTFCCCA preseason rankings are a prediction of where teams would finish at this year's NCAA Championships based on current and past season results.
The Rebels actually kicked off their outdoor season last weekend with the Ole Miss Open. Kendricks and Robertson put on a show when they both posted facility-record marks in the pole vault and high jump, respectively. Sophomore Nathan Loe set a school record in the hammer throw (202-1), while Miller had a spectacular college outdoor debut with wins in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay.
The Ole Miss men have now been ranked in 28 of 29 indoor and outdoor national polls during head coach Brian O'Neal's tenure.
The 12th-ranked Rebels will compete at the Texas Relays this Wednesday-Saturday in Austin, before returning home for the April 5 Ole Miss Invitational.
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