NEW ORLEANS - Headlined by NCAA pole vault champion Sam Kendricks, three Ole Miss athletes were recognized as USTFCCCA All-Americans for the 2014 outdoor track & field season Monday.
Kendricks, who won his second straight outdoor pole vault crown, earned first team All-America honors. Robert Semien and Phillip Young made the second team.
Student-athletes were honored for their performances at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Oregon. First team All-America honors were awarded to those who finished among the top eight in an individual or relay event as part of a team. Second team All-America honors went to those who finished between ninth and 16th. Honorable mention honors were given to the remaining finishers.
Kendricks, a junior from Oxford, Mississippi, captured his second NCAA title with a winning clearance of 18-8.25 in Eugene. He out-dueled Akron's Shawn Barber, who had defeated Kendricks in similar fashion when they finished 1-2 at the NCAA indoor meet in March. Kendricks receives All-America accolades for the fifth time in his career, including four times on the first team.
Semien becomes an All-American for the first time by virtue of his 16th-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (14.01) last week. The junior from Houston, Texas, is the first Rebel to earn All-America honors in the event since John Yarbrough in 2007.
Young placed 10th in the triple jump (52-0.5) to garner second-team status. The junior from Key West, Florida, becomes an All-American with Ole Miss for the first time. He was a four-time All-American at Florida State before transferring. He is the Rebels' first triple jump All-American since Morris Kersh in 2011.
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