OXFORD, Miss. - Following their performances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last week in Eugene, Oregon, Ole Miss athletes earned a total of four All-America distinctions, awarded by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
First-team honors were given to those who placed in the championships' top eight in an event or were a member of an eight-person final. Second-team honors were earned by those who finished between ninth and 16th place. Honorable mention honors went to any other athletes who competed at the championships. USTFCCCA membership by a program is required to earn All-America awards.
Sam Kendricks and Isiah Young combined for three first-team All-America nods and led the Rebel men to an eighth-place national finish, the best in program history.
Kendricks, a sophomore from Oxford, Miss., claimed the school's first national pole vault title with a winning clearance of 18-8.25. He is the eighth individual in Ole Miss history to win a national championship and achieved the 13th national title overall in program history. He is an All-American for the third time in his two-year career after earning second-team outdoor status as a freshman and first-team indoor status earlier this year.
Young, a senior from Junction City, Kan., placed top three in both short sprints to be named a first-team All-American in the 100 and 200 meters. Young's runner-up finish in the 200 (20.17) and third-place result in the 100 (9.96) are both the best in Rebel history, and his 14 points scored for the team are the most by a single Ole Miss athlete ever at a national championship.
Young finishes his brief Rebel career as a five-time All-American, including four first-team honors. He was a first teamer in the outdoor 200 meters and indoor 60 meters last year and a second teamer in the outdoor 100 last year.
Mary Ashton Nall, a junior from Auburn, Ala., earned her first career All-America honor by placing 14th in the heptathlon last week. She turned in a personal-best score of 5,562 points and captured the second-highest national finish in the heptathlon in school history.
Additionally, senior Morris Kersh received honorable mention All-America status by competing in the men's triple jump in Eugene.
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