Nation's Top Teams Collide At LSU Invitational

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Phillip Young (photo by Thomas Graning)
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Phillip Young (photo by Thomas Graning)
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May 2, 2014

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OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss will match up against four other track & field powerhouse programs Saturday at the star-studded LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Southeastern Conference squads Florida, Texas A&M, LSU and Ole Miss, along with Miami from the ACC, will line up against each other in a fast-paced meet that will take place mostly during a three-hour (12-3 p.m.) window. It will be the Rebels' final tuneup before the May 15-18 SEC Championships in Lexington, Kentucky.

In the USTFCCCA national men's team rankings, Florida is No. 1, while Texas A&M is second, LSU is 10th, and Ole Miss is 16th. On the women's side, Florida is No. 2, Texas A&M is third, LSU is seventh, and Miami is just outside the top 25.

"The LSU Invitational this weekend provides us with our most challenging meet so far this season," said Rebel head coach Brian O'Neal. "It will give us a barometer of where we stack up against some of the best schools in the country, as we will compete against three of the top 10 teams on both the men's and women's sides."

Ole Miss boasts two men that lead the NCAA in their event. Senior Ricky Robertson is tops in the nation in the high jump (7-6), while junior Sam Kendricks has the NCAA lead in the pole vault (18-8.25). It is familiar territory for those two. Robertson is a seven-time All-American and six-time SEC champion in the high jump, while Kendricks is a four-time All-American and has an NCAA and SEC pole vault title on his résumé.

Freshmen Jalen Miller and Sean Tobin have burst on the scene this year and add more star power to the Rebels' squad. Miller ranks 19th nationally in the 100 meters (10.24). Tobin, the reigning SEC Indoor Freshman Runner of the Year, is 12th in the 800 (1:47.99) and eighth in the 1500 (school-record 3:42.07). Fellow newcomer Phillip Young, a junior who transferred from Florida State, ranks 12th nationally in the triple jump (51-9.75).

"What I expect to see from our team this weekend is the same competitive fight and spirit that we've shown all season long," O'Neal said. "To show up and represent Ole Miss with pride and passion."

Below is a listing of the top times and marks by Ole Miss athletes this outdoor season.

Ole Miss Athlete, Event, Mark (NCAA Rank)
Sam Kendricks, pole vault, 18-8.25 (1)
Ricky Robertson, high jump, 7-6 (1)
Sean Tobin, 1500m, 3:42.07 (8)
Sean Tobin, 800m, 1:47.99 (12)
Phillip Young, triple jump, 51-9.75 (12)
Jalen Miller, 100m, 10.24 (19)
Ricky Robertson, long jump, 25-0.75 (23)
Ricky Robertson, triple jump, 51-2.25 (23)
Nathan Loe, hammer throw, 210-3 (26)
Robert Semien, 110m hurdles, 13.91 (26)
4x100m relay (Serrette, Miller, Moore, Granger), 40.06 (28)
Phillip Young, long jump, 24-9.75 (37)
Mike Granger, 100m, 10.34 (39)
Malcolm Davis, long jump, 24-7.75 (43)
Jalen Miller, 200m, 20.85 (43)

Kierra White, long jump, 20-6.25 (19)
Mary Ashton Nall, heptathlon, 5,278 (32)

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