Ricky Robertson (photo by Joshua McCoy)
May 9, 2012
2012 SEC Outdoor Championships Central | Live Results
OXFORD, Miss. – With sights set on a big finish to the 2012 outdoor campaign, Ole Miss heads to Baton Rouge, La., to participate in the Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships this Thursday-Sunday at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
The Rebel men are ranked No. 11 in this week’s USTFCCCA poll. Last week they earned their highest ranking in the history of the poll at No. 8. Ole Miss is one of seven nationally ranked SEC men’s squads entering this weekend’s championships, while there are five SEC women’s teams in the top 25.
The USTFCCCA rankings are a projection of how teams would fare at the NCAA Championships based on their results so far this year.
“We are excited and ready for the SECs,” said Joe Walker, who is in his 30th and final season as the Rebels’ head coach. “It was really nice to have our highest ranking ever for our men (last week).”
Live coverage of the SEC Outdoor Championships will air on ESPN3.com Saturday from 4:30-7:15 p.m. CT, and continue Sunday from 3-7 p.m. CT.
ESPNU will air a two-hour highlight show recapping the Championships on Wednesday, May 23 from 7-9 p.m. CT.
Events will begin Thursday at 3 p.m. with the women’s heptathlon. Final heptathlon and men’s decathlon events will take place Friday, along with other event preliminaries. More prelims and some finals will take place Saturday, while the meet will conclude Sunday with a host of finals and the crowd-favorite men’s and women’s 4x400 meter relays to finish things off around 6:30 p.m.
The Rebel men earned a sixth-place finish (tied for their second-best finish in school history) at last year’s SEC outdoor meet, while the women were ninth. Ricky Robertson won the high jump and tied the SEC meet record with his mark of 7-6, while Lee Ellis Moore took home the 400-meter hurdles title. Carson Blanks finished second right behind Moore in the event to claim All-SEC second team honors, and Kentrell Sanders’ fourth-place triple jump earned him SEC All-Freshman status.
Already this year, new school records have been established in the men’s 100 meters (Isiah Young), 200 meters (Young), high jump (Robertson) and pole vault (Sam Kendricks), while the women have broken school records in the 3,000 meters (Logan Waites), 5,000 meters (Waites), 3,000-meter steeplechase (Katie Breathitt), shuttle hurdle relay and distance medley relay.
Both Rebel squads feature a number of athletes who rank highly in the nation and aim to capture league titles in Baton Rouge.
Robertson, who is listed on the Bowerman Watch List for the top men’s track and field athlete in the NCAA, is the current national and world leader in the high jump (7-7.25). He will attempt to win his sixth straight SEC title in the event this weekend. The Hernando native also currently ranks eighth nationally in the triple jump (52-2.25) and 25th in the long jump (25-0.75).
Young ranks in the nation’s top five in two events. The former Allen Community College standout is third in the 100 meters (10.08) and fourth in the 200 (20.33). He ranks 10th in the world in the 200.
Kendricks ranks eighth in the nation, second among freshmen, in the pole vault (17-11). The Oxford native has already set both the Ole Miss indoor and outdoor records in the event.
Four-time All-American Mike Granger ranks ninth in the country and 27th in the world in the 100 meters (10.17).
On the women’s side, Fabia McDonald ranks 13th in the heptathlon (5524) to lead a group of several nationally ranked Rebels. Senior Aria Gaines ranks 21st in the triple jump (42-2.75), while junior Marci Morman is just behind her at 22nd (42-2).
Following the SEC Championships, athletes will be selected for the NCAA East Regional, which is the first round of the NCAA Championships. The NCAA will select the East region's top 48 athletes in each event (except decathlon, heptathlon and 10,000 meters) to participate at the regional. The performances at the regional will determine who makes the field for the NCAA Championships. The top 24 decathlon, heptathlon and 10,000 meter qualifiers from across the nation will be sent directly to the NCAA Championships.
If the NCAA East Regional was today, Ole Miss would qualify 14 men in 10 different events and 12 different women in 11 different events.
The East regional will take place May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The NCAA Championships will be held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Ole Miss Men Ranked Top 50 In NCAA
1. Ricky Robertson, high jump (7-7.25)
3. Isiah Young, 100 meters (10.08)
4. Isiah Young, 200 meters (20.33)
8. Ricky Robertson, triple jump (53-2.25)
8. Sam Kendricks, pole vault (17-11)
9. Mike Granger, 100 meters (10.17)
14. Kentrell Sanders, triple jump (52-2.5)
17. Carson Blanks, 400-meter hurdles (50.70)
19. 4x100 meter relay – Granger, Young, Serrette, Shields (39.90)
22. 4x400 meter relay – Oliver, Blanks, Griffin, Word (3:08.01)
25. Ricky Robertson, long jump (25-0.75)
36. Morris Kersh, triple jump (51-0)
45. Caleb Lee, long jump (24-8.25)
Ole Miss Women Ranked Top 50 In NCAA
13. Fabia McDonald, heptathlon (5,524)
17. 4x400 meter relay – Hollingsworth, Hellberg-Jonsen, M. Williams, Bridges (3:36.69)
21. Aria Gaines, triple jump (42-2.75)
22. Marci Morman, triple jump (42-2)
27. Kristin Bridges, 400 meters (53.19)
27. Neal Tisher, pole vault (13-7)
33. 4x100 meter relay – Russell, Hollingsworth, J. Williams, Bridges (45.19)
40. Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen, 400-meter hurdles (58.99)