BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ole Miss senior Lee Ellis Moore was named the Southeastern Conference Men's Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday, highlighting a number of Rebels selected for postseason honors by the league.
Moore, the SEC champion in the 400 meter hurdles, and sophomore Ricky Robertson, the league's high jump champion, were tabbed to the All-SEC first team. It was Robertson's fourth SEC title in the event (two indoor, two outdoor) and fourth All-SEC first team selection.
Junior Carson Blanks and senior Juliana Smith earned All-SEC second-team accolades after runner-up finishes in the men's 400 meter hurdles and women's hammer throw, respectively. Kentrell Sanders made the SEC All-Freshman team after claiming the top spot among freshmen (fourth overall) in the men's triple jump.
Smith is an All-SEC honoree for the second time in her career (2009 indoor weight throw champion), while Moore and Blanks receive their first all-league recognition.
Moore ranks sixth nationally and top in East Region in the 400 meter hurdles. He is also a top student in the classroom, having graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in biology and minor in chemistry. He will go to medical school with the help of three different prestigious scholarships he earned as an undergrad. He received the Taylor Medal, which is the highest academic honor a student can receive at the University of Mississippi. A 2010 first team CoSIDA Academic All-American, he was Ole Miss' nominee for the 2011 SEC McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He is a multiple SEC Academic Honor Roll member and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi academic honor societies. He has a 3.94 GPA in biology, while he was also honored on the 2011 SEC Track and Field Community Service Team.
Twenty-five Ole Miss athletes qualified for this week's NCAA Championships East Preliminary, which will be held Thursday-Saturday in Bloomington, Ind. They will compete with the hopes of advancing to the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11.
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