The Future Is Now For Ole Miss Track

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Kailo Moore
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Kailo Moore
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

May 29, 2014

By Austin Miller, OleMissSports.com

OXFORD, Miss. -- Veterans Sam Kendricks and Ricky Robertson are the headliners, but a quartet of talented freshmen have also given the Ole Miss men's track and field team a big boost this season, rising to a season-high ranking of No. 11 in the USTFCCCA top 25. 

Robert Domanic (1500m), Jalen Miller (100m), Kailo Moore (100m, 200m) and Sean Tobin (1500m) are among the 19 Ole Miss men's entries in Jacksonville, Florida, this weekend for the NCAA East Preliminary Round with hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June. 

"It's what we were expecting when we were being recruiting and accepted our scholarships to come here," said Domanic of the freshman class. "We wanted to be part of a program that has a lot of potential to get better. It's been rewarding to see how we have helped as being part of a strong team."

Domanic and Tobin both earned outdoor second team All-SEC and All-Freshman honors. Tobin ranks first among SEC freshmen and second among NCAA freshmen in the 1,500 meters. He also had success in the fall, as he became the first sub-4-minute indoor miler in school history and was later named SEC Men's Co-Freshman Runner of the Year.

"It's been great," said Domanic of competing with Tobin. "We're both really competitive toward our opposition. At the end of the day, we both want to beat each other, but if one of us beats the other, it doesn't bother us. It's more motivation for one of us to work harder."

Miller and Moore share a similar relationship, as they compete side-by-side in the 100 meters and form half of the 4x100m relay, which ranks 22nd nationally and also qualified for the preliminary. Both Mississippi natives, Miller (Tunica) and Moore (Rosedale) have known each other since high school.

"We have been friends and ran track against each other since high school," Moore said. "He was number two behind me, and then I started playing football, and he was number one ahead of me. It's great being on the relay team together and both being from Mississippi. He brings out the competitor in me, and I bring out the competitor in him."

Miller, an indoor first team All-American, having placed eighth in the 60 meters, ranks first among SEC freshmen and third among NCAA freshmen in the 100 meters, while Moore, a two-sport athlete who also plays cornerback for the football team, ranks seventh among Division I football players in both the 100 meters and 200 meters.

"It's tough," said Moore of competing in both football and track. "You have to take care of your body because you're constantly wearing yourself out. It was tough when I first started out, but as I have gone on, my body has adjusted to doing both. It's a dream come true to do what I love, which is run track and play football just like I did in high school."

The freshmen and their teammates are looking for more success at the preliminary and national championships, having placed fifth at the SEC Outdoor Championships, their highest outdoor finish since they were runners-up in 1984 and their second-most points ever scored at an outdoor league meet.

"Everyone that's here wants to help build this program," Tobin said. "We don't want to be just an average team. We want to be one of the nation's best. That's what we're all working toward."

Austin Miller is a writer and blogger for OleMissSports.com. He joined the staff in June 2013 after serving as sports editor of the Daily Mississippian. Follow him on Twitter @austinkmiller

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Football Signees Report for Summer Classes

      Friday, May 29, 2015 - Football

      Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer. The first of two summer sessions offered at the... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 28-May 4, 2015)

      Monday, May 4, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more

    • VIDEO: Rebel Road Trip 2015

      Monday, May 4, 2015 - Athletics

      Rebel Road Trip 2015 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • More on Steelers' Selection of Golson

      Friday, May 1, 2015 - Football

      Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more

    • Six Rebels Among Inaugural Scott County HOF Class

      Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Athletics

      Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this... read more

    • Freeze, Tuohy Conclude Play at Charity Golf Tournament

      Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - Football

      In a tie for 7th place at 7-under, @OleMissFB takes home $30,000 in charity and scholarship. #CFAPBGolf pic.twitter.com/qd0JzilyYR-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 28, 2015 The Ole Miss team of head football coach Hugh Freeze and Sean Tuohy turned in a strong... read more

    • Tennis Teams React to NCAA Tournament Selections

      Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - Men's Tennis

      The Ole Miss men's and women's tennis team learned their postseason destinations, as the men's and women's NCAA Tournament fields were announced Tuesday. The men, ranked No. 13 in the nation, are the No. 14 overall seed and will be... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 21-27, 2015)

      Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 21-27, 2015Baseball - During the five-game homestand, Ole Miss went 3-2 with a midweek win over Central Arkansas as well as claiming a weekend series over Alabama.  - The Rebels recorded 68 hits throughout... read more

    • Freeze Wins Long Drive Competition

      Monday, April 27, 2015 - Football

      With a distance of 287-yards, the 2015 #CFAPBGolf Coaches Division Long Drive Champion is @CoachHughFreeze! pic.twitter.com/ProCdgbbg9-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 27, 2015 Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze took home the long drive title at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- April 26

      Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Athletics

      Hugh Freeze and Ross Bjork embarked on the Rebel Road Trip, the baseball team claimed their weekend series over Alabama that featured the largest crowd of the season and the football program's NFL presence is expected to grow with the... read more

    • Bramlett Helps Rebels Complete DH Sweep, Clinch Series

      Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Baseball

      Ole Miss swept a doubleheader Saturday, defeating Alabama 10-2 in Game One and 4-0 in Game Two. As a pitching staff, the Rebels allowed just one earned run and scattered a combined 12 hits with 17 strikeouts compared to just... read more

    • Freeze, Tuohy to Rep Ole Miss at Charity Golf Tournament

      Friday, April 24, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will team with former All-SEC basketball player Sean Tuohy to represent the Rebels for the fourth straight year and compete for a share of the $520,000 total purse in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Football Season Tickets Promo

      Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Football

      read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Baseball Stars Wars Night Intro

      Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Baseball

      read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 14-20, 2015)

      Monday, April 20, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2015Men's Tennis- Ole Miss downed No. 22 Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 16th time in program history.- The Rebels rallied to take the doubles point and then got... read more