OXFORD, Miss. – Six Rebel athletes will represent the Ole Miss track and field program in eight different events at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa next week.
The championships will be held June 6-9 at the world-renowned Drake Stadium.
Five Rebels qualified for the national meet by placing in the top 12 of their event(s) at the NCAA East Preliminary in Jacksonville, Fla., last week, while sophomore Fabia McDonald had already automatically qualified for Des Moines by ranking in the top 24 nationally in the women’s heptathlon.
Leading the way for the No. 14 nationally ranked Ole Miss men will be juniors Ricky Robertson and Isiah Young, who both qualified in two different events after strong showings in Jacksonville.
Robertson will compete in the high jump for the sixth straight time in his career (three indoor, three outdoor) after finishing fifth in Jacksonville (7-2.25). He also qualified in the triple jump after placing third (52-4). Robertson, the current world leader in the high jump with a career-best and school-record 7-7.25 (Florida Relays), has earned All-America honors five straight times in the high jump, including a runner-up finish on three occasions. He is also a five-time SEC champion in the event. He ranks eighth nationally in the triple jump (53-2.25) this year.
Young will compete in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. He placed 11th in the 100 (10.29) in Jacksonville before placing seventh in the 200 (20.51). He currently ranks top four in the nation in both events, having broken the Ole Miss record in the 100 (10.08) and 200 (20.32) this year. It will be Young’s first career appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He was a first team All-American in the 60 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this year.
The other two Rebel men who will compete for an NCAA title in Des Moines are Carson Blanks in the 400-meter hurdles and Sam Kendricks in the pole vault. Blanks, a senior, ranks ninth nationally (50.30) and will make his fourth straight NCAA Outdoor appearance. Kendricks, a freshman, is tied for sixth in the country in the pole vault (school-record 18-0.5) and will make his first NCAA Outdoor appearance.
The Ole Miss men placed 19th at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships.
On the women’s side, Kristin Bridges will join McDonald as an Ole Miss representative. Bridges qualified for the meet by placing 10th in the 400 meters in Jacksonville with a personal-best time of 52.65, which ranks her fourth in school history. She will be making her first individual appearance at the NCAA Outdoor meet, but her third straight overall (she participated in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays in 2011 and 2010).
McDonald automatically qualified for Des Moines by ranking 14th nationally in the heptathlon. Her personal-best score of 5,563 at the SEC Championships ranks her second in school history in the event. She will be making her first career appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She placed 15th in the pentathlon at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The student were off for the first week of winter break, but Observations from the Best Seat in the House press on, as the football teams moves closer to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the men's and women's basketball teams... read more
Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, like his head coach, stepped into a program that had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14 straight games. Three years later, Wallace helped lead the ninth-ranked Rebels to their first nine-win regular... read more
Official welcome to Chad Kelly, the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country from national champion East Mississippi CC. #HottyToddy-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 17, 2014 Just Sent My LOI In To The University Of Mississippi!!! Feel's Good To... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 8-14, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded with a 88-48 win over South Alabama on Sunday. The win was the first after back-to-back losses for the Rebels for the first time... read more
Ole Miss Details Stadium Expansion Plans Ole Miss unveiled the master plan for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which includes two phases of renovation and expansion. Scheduled for completion by the start of the 2016 season, the expansion will bring the seating capacity... read more
With final exam week on the Ole Miss campus, there was not much game action, but there's still plenty to talk about, as Ole Miss finalized salary increases for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, and the football... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 1-7, 2014Football- No. 9 Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where they will face No. 6 TCU on Dec. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dime.- Ole Miss is making... read more
While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom... read more
In the early part of the week, Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract. In the late part of the week, the Rebels learned their postseason bowl destination. Here are... read more
Ole Miss continued its strong bounce-back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern, improving to 5-1 on the season and knocking off two previously unbeaten opponents in No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati to capture the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. "We... read more
Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract, they both announced on Twitter early Tuesday morning. Terms will be released as they are finalized and are expected in the coming days.... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Nov. 24-30, 2014Football- No. 18 Ole Miss won the annual "Egg Bowl" rivalry 31-17 over No. 4 Mississippi State in front of another sold-out crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday afternoon.- The Rebels finish the... read more