OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss men’s track & field squad has established itself as one of the best in the NCAA this year with consistently strong performances throughout the outdoor season.
The Rebels, currently at No. 19 in the USTFCCCA rankings, have been in the top 25 all season long, rising as high as 11th for two weeks in April. Including the 2014 indoor season, head coach Brian O’Neal’s group has ranked top 25 in 14 of the last 15 polls.
Kendricks, a four-time All-American pole vaulter from Oxford, is tied for the world lead with his vault of 18-8.25 at the Texas Relays in March. The junior will look to defend his SEC indoor title and NCAA outdoor title at the upcoming championship events. He is currently receiving “watch list” votes for The Bowerman, which is college track & field’s highest individual honor.
Robertson, a fifth-year senior from Hernando, will try to add to his impressive résumé that currently includes seven All-America nods and six SEC high jump titles. He ranks second in the country in the high jump (7-6 at the Texas Relays) and top 25 in both the long jump (25-0.75) and triple jump (51-2.25). He is the only athlete in the NCAA that ranks top 25 in all three of those events.
What makes this year’s Ole Miss team so special, though, is the emergence of several freshmen and newcomers that are rising to elite status.
Phillip Young, a transfer from Florida State, is fourth nationally in the triple jump with his mark of 52-10.25 at the LSU Invitational last weekend. The junior from Key West, Florida also ranks top 40 nationally in the long jump (24-9.75) and has run on the 4x400-meter relay team.
Another newcomer, sophomore Nathan Loe, ranks 26th nationally in the hammer throw (210-3).
Freshmen Jalen Miller, Sean Tobin and Robert Domanic have each played a key role in the Rebels’ success this year. In addition to being ranked highly among the nation’s best in their events, they are among the very best freshmen in the NCAA and SEC this year. Miller, an indoor All-American, is fourth among NCAA freshmen and second among SEC freshmen in the 100 meters (10.24). Tobin, the SEC Indoor Men’s Freshman Runner of the Year, is second among SEC and NCAA freshmen in the 800 (1:47.99) and second among NCAA freshmen and first among SEC freshmen in the 1,500 (3:42.07). Domanic, the reigning SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week, is second among SEC freshmen in the 1,500.
The Rebel men and women will look to be at their peak performance level for the upcoming SEC Championships (May 15-18 in Lexington, Kentucky), NCAA East Preliminary (May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Florida) and NCAA Championships (June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon).
Below is a complete list of the top-ranked Rebels this outdoor season.
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