By From combined reports
From combined reports
The SEC track and field championship meet begins today, and Ole Miss heads to Baton Rouge as the No. 11 team in the coaches’ poll.
After an open week, the Rebels dropped three spots. Last week they were No. 8, the highest ranking in school history.
With the end of the season in view, the Rebels have set four school records on the men’s side, three on the women’s.
Six Ole Miss men rank in the top five in a combined nine events.
Five female athletes plus the 4×400 meter relay team rank in the SEC’s top five.
“That’s not an insignificant thing to be ranked that high. We’ve got some great athletes in Ricky Robertson (jumps), Mike Granger (sprints), Isaiah Young (sprints), and Sam Kendricks (pole vault) is coming along like a ball of fire. We’ve got Carson Blanks, a senior, with a chance to do something in the hurdles,” Ole Miss coach Joe Walker said.
Ole Miss is one of seven nationally ranked SEC men’s squads entering this weekend’s championships. There are five SEC women’s teams in the top 24.
The rankings are a projection of how teams would fare at the NCAA Championships based on their results so far this year.
The SEC meet runs through Sunday. Live video streaming will appear at ESPN3.com on Saturday from 4:30 to 7:15 and on Sunday from 3-7.
The Rebels earned a sixth-place finish (tied for their second-best finish in school history) at last year’s SEC outdoor meet, while the women were ninth.
Robertson won the high jump and tied the SEC meet record with his mark of 7-6, while Lee Ellis Moore took home the 400-meter hurdles title. Blanks finished second right behind Moore in the event to claim All-SEC second team honors, and Kentrell Sanders’ fourth-place triple jump earned him SEC All-Freshman status.
Mississippi State’s men, ranked 12th, will be led by Jarrett Samuels, a freshman who’s ranked second in the country in the long jump. He recorded a leap of 26 feet, 2.25 inches at the Texas Relays.
The men are also expected to compete well in sprints, as they do every year. The 4×400-meter relay team, anchored by Tavaris Tate, is looking to defend its 2011 SEC title. The group is currently ranked fourth in the country.
Last season, the Bulldogs finished ninth in the SEC championships.
The women finished 10th in 2011, and this year’s group is looking to improve on that behind the likes of Favian Cowards. She was the 2012 SEC indoor champ in the hammer throw.
Rochelle Farquharson will try to defend her 2011 outdoor title in the long jump.