July 26, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - Ole Miss freshman Jalen Miller (Tunica, Mississippi) made his final race of the season count.
Running leadoff for Team USA's 4x100-meter relay team, Miller helped the Americans win a gold medal with a time of 38.70 at the IAAF World Junior Championships on Saturday at historic Hayward Field.
The Americans' winning time was just .04 seconds off the world junior record (set by Team USA in 2004) and the third-fastest in history.
The other members of the quartet were Trayvon Bromell (Baylor), Kendal Williams (Florida State signee) and Trentavis Friday (Florida State signee).
In his first collegiate season, Miller was an Indoor All-American, a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week, a bronze medalist at USA Juniors and gold medalist at World Juniors. He helped set a school record in the 4x100-meter relay to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships and has run some of the fastest times in school history in the short sprints.
This is just the latest in a flurry of success by current and former Ole Miss athletes on the world track & field stage. Last year, Sam Kendricks won gold in the men's pole vault at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Former Rebel Brittney Reese is a six-time world champion in the women's long jump, including gold at the 2012 London Olympics. Isiah Young was a semifinalist in that Olympic Games.
Mike Granger was the most recent Ole Miss athlete to medal at the World Junior Championships. He also claimed gold for Team USA in the 4x100-meter relay in 2010.
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