EUGENE, Ore. - Olympic dreams are still alive for three current and former Ole Miss track and field athletes.
Isiah Young, Brittney Reese and Antwon Hicks competed in preliminary rounds of their events Friday at the U.S. Olympic Trials, and all three advanced to the next round.
Young, a junior at Ole Miss, had a fantastic showing in the 200 meters on Friday. He won his heat and clocked the fifth-best time overall at 20.38, not far off his school record of 20.32 when he won the SEC title earlier this year. He qualified for the 200 meter semifinals (heat 2), which will take place Saturday at 8 p.m. CT.
Young also ran in the 100 meter preliminaries this past Saturday, missing the semifinals by only .005 of a second.
A pair of former Rebels also advanced in their respective events.
Reese, the four-time defending women's long jump world champion and a former NCAA champion with Ole Miss, easily qualified for Sunday's long jump finals on just one attempt in the prelims. She leapt 22-7 on her first attempt, which ended up being good enough for third-best on the day. Sunday's final starts at 5 p.m. CT.
Hicks, also a former NCAA champion, made it easily into the semifinal round of the 110-meter hurdles. He placed second in his heat and claimed the third-best time of the day with a 13.24. The 110-meter hurdles semifinal will take place Saturday at 6:20 p.m. CT, with Hicks running in heat 2.
The meet will be broadcast live on NBC on Saturday (8-9 p.m. CT) and Sunday (6-7 p.m. CT).
Current Rebels who have already competed at the trials, but did not advance past the preliminaries, include Mike Granger (100 meters), Ricky Robertson (high jump) and Carson Blanks (400-meter hurdles). Freshman Sam Kendricks, who traveled with his teammates to Eugene, just missed the cut to compete as a provisional qualifier.
Former Rebels who competed but did not advance are Colin Moleton (javelin) and Lee Moore (400-meter hurdles).
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and LSU head coach Les Miles on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Baton Rouge.For the full SEC teleconference, go here.Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at 1:06:12... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 13-19, 2014Football- Ole Miss rode its dominant defense to a 34-3 homecoming win over Tennessee on Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.- The Rebels are 7-0 for just... read more
It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more
The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more
Highlights from today's media opportunity with SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore and analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears discussing the show's visit to Oxford for the SEC matchup between No. 3 Ole Miss and Tennessee. Tessitore recalls calling the first college... read more
At the halfway point of the regular season, Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when it went 10-0 and earned a share of the national title. It's No. 3 ranking in the national polls is its... read more
With a dominant defense that ranks among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories, head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged he has changed his offensive philosophy and play-calling to limit negative plays and quick possessions. Ole Miss averaged the second-most offensive... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Oxford. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at... read more
Head coach Hugh Freeze admitted the offense played well enough to manage the game and let the defense win it. Ole Miss leaned on its running game, rushing for 160 yards on 35 carries, while Bo Wallace completed 13-of-19 passes... read more