OXFORD, Miss. - With less than a month left until the SEC Championships, Ole Miss will send its No. 11 nationally ranked men to the A-State Red Wolves Open in Jonesboro, Ark., and the women to the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa this week.
Only two weekends of competition remain before the SEC Championships (May 15-18 in Lexington, Ky.), which are followed by the NCAA East Preliminary (May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla.) and NCAA Championships (June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.).
The A-State Red Wolves Open will take place Friday and Saturday on the campus of Arkansas State University. The meet begins Friday at 3 p.m. with the men's hammer throw. Events run throughout Friday evening and start back again at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Among the men's teams in attendance will be Ohio State, Southern Illinois and Memphis.
The college portion of the prestigious Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee runs Wednesday-Saturday. Some of the world's top professional athletes will also compete in featured events at the historic Drake Stadium throughout the week. Senior Mary Ashton Nall will get things started for the Rebels in the heptathlon Wednesday and Thursday.
The 11th-ranked Ole Miss men feature some of the nation's top athletes and are coming off a strong performance at the Mt. SAC Relays last week. Freshman Sean Tobin provided one of the biggest highlights for the Rebels when he broke a 29-year-old school record in the 1,500 meters with his time of 3:42.07 that ranks seventh in the nation this year. He was tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week for his effort.
Ole Miss men that rank among the nation's top 50 are Jalen Miller in the 100 meters (18th, 10.24) and 200 (41st, 20.85), Mike Granger in the 100 (36th, 10.34), Tobin in the 800 (12th, 1:47.99) and 1500 (7th, 3:42.07), Robert Semien in the 110 hurdles (24th, 13.91), the 4x100 relay (25th, 40.06), the 4x400 relay (31st, 3:09.20), Ricky Robertson in the high jump (1st, 7-6), long jump (18th, 25-0.75) and triple jump (20th, 51-2.25), Sam Kendricks in the pole vault (1st, 18-8.25), Phillip Young in the long jump (32nd, 24-9.75) and triple jump (10th, 51-9.75), Malcolm Davis in the long jump (38th, 24-7.75) and Nathan Loe in the hammer throw (24th, 210-3).
Kendricks remains atop the world rankings in the pole vault since his season-best jump of 18-8.25 at the Texas Relays. Robertson ranks second in the world in the high jump (7-6 at the Texas Relays) and is the only NCAA athlete that ranks in the top 20 in the high jump, long jump and triple jump.
Within the SEC, Ole Miss has the league leader in the 1500 (Tobin), high jump (Robertson) and pole vault (Kendricks).
On the women's side, junior Kierra White currently ranks 18th nationally in the long jump (20-6.25), and Nall is 32nd in the heptathlon (5,278). They both rank top seven among SEC athletes in those events.
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