OXFORD, Miss. – Four athletes will represent the Red and Blue of Ole Miss this Wednesday-Saturday at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.
The city known as “Track Town USA” will host the NCAA finals for the 11th time (since 1962) at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
The majority of the meet will be broadcast on ESPN3 and ESPNU, with supplementary webcasting on Pac-12 Live Stream. Late afternoon and evening sessions on Friday and Saturday will air on ESPNU, the evening session on Thursday will be on ESPN3, and all other portions will be streamed by the Pac-12.
Three members of the 14th-ranked Ole Miss men’s team will compete in Eugene, headlined by senior Isiah Young and sophomore Sam Kendricks.
“We’re excited to head into the NCAA Championships,” Rebel head coach Brian O’Neal said. “Our team is primed and ready to compete. The four young people that are going to compete for us represent what we’re about here at Ole Miss. We will stand up, we will fight, and we will compete. At the end of the day, our sincere hope is that the Rebel Nation will be proud of the end result that comes about at the NCAA Championships.”
Young, the 2013 SEC Runner of the Year and USTFCCCA South Region Track Athlete of the Year, is the top seed in the 100 meters and No. 2 seed in the 200 meters. He ran a quarterfinal time of 10.01 in the 100 at the NCAA East Preliminary in Greensboro, N.C., after blazing a new school record with a prelim time of 9.99, the only sub-10 by a collegian this year. The senior from Junction City, Kan., had the second-fastest quarterfinal time of 20.31 in the 200 meters, the distance at which he has won back-to-back SEC titles and ran at the 2012 London Olympics.
He currently ranks fourth in the world in the 100 (9.99) and fifth in the 200 (20.20).
Young will be making his third appearance at an NCAA Championship. In his previous championships, he placed fourth in the 200 and ninth in the 100 at the 2012 outdoor meet and seventh in the 60 at the 2012 indoor meet.
Kendricks placed top 12 in the pole vault at the East prelims to advance to Eugene, as well. A native of Oxford, Miss., Kendricks has the top mark in the collegiate ranks this year at 19-0.75, which ranks him seventh in the world. He will be making his third straight appearance at an NCAA national meet. He earned All-America honors by placing 10th at last year’s outdoor meet and third at this year’s indoor championships.
Senior Morris Kersh will represent the Rebels in the triple jump. The Pearl, Miss., native placed 10th in Greensboro with a mark of 50-5.25. Kersh previously competed at the 2011 NCAA outdoor meet, making second-team All-America with a 14th-place result.
On the women’s side, junior Mary Ashton Nall will compete for Ole Miss in the heptathlon. The Auburn, Ala., native is making her first appearance at the national finals after a personal-best performance at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Mo. Her score of 5,397, which placed her fourth at the conference meet, was good enough for the No. 23 national seed and a trip to Eugene. She ranks third-best in school history in the heptathlon.
Below is a schedule of events with Ole Miss athletes and the start times for those events.
Wednesday – Sam Kendricks (pole vault final), 6 pm CT (Pac-12 Live Stream) Wednesday – Isiah Young (100m semifinal), 7:45 pm CT (Pac-12 Live Stream) Thursday – Mary Ashton Nall (heptathlon), 3 pm CT (Pac-12 Live Stream) Thursday – Isiah Young (200m semifinal), 6:15 pm CT (ESPN3) Friday – Mary Ashton Nall (heptathlon), 2:30 pm CT (Pac-12 Live Stream) Friday – Isiah Young (100m final – if he advances), 7:10 pm CT (ESPNU) Saturday – Morris Kersh (triple jump final), 2:30 pm CT (Pac-12 Live Stream) Saturday – Isiah Young (200m final – if he advances), 4:50 pm CT (ESPNU)
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