From media relations
Track athletes qualify for national meet
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Four Ole Miss athletes qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with top-12 performances at the NCAA East Preliminary round on Friday, the second day of the three-day meet.
The No. 11 nationally ranked Ole Miss men’s team had strong showings by some of its stars on Friday at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida.
Isiah Young placed 11th in the 100 meters (10.29), Carson Blanks was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (50.41) and Ricky Robertson turned in a third-place effort in the triple jump (52-4), one of his two events this weekend.
On the women’s side, Kristin Bridges will make her first career NCAA Championships appearance in an individual event after placing 10th in the 400 meters with a personal-best 52.65, which ranks her fourth in school history.
Young advanced to today’s quarterfinals in the men’s 200 meters by clocking the second-fastest time of the day at 20.45. Jasmine Williams qualified for the women’s 200 meter quarterfinals, as well.
Other Rebels who will compete on Saturday for a spot at the June 6-9 NCAA Championships in Des Moines include Sam Kendricks in the men’s pole vault, Robertson in the men’s high jump, Aria Gaines and Marci Morman in the women’s triple jump and both the men’s and women’s 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay squads.
Scholtz, twins advance in NCAA Tennis: ATHENS, Ga. – Ole Miss men’s tennis freshman Nik Scholtz avoided elimination again Friday, winning a hard-fought battle against Mississippi State’s Louis Cant 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals. His teammates, twins Marcel Thiemann and Chris Thiemann, reached the Elite Eight in doubles with a three-set win of their own 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-4 win against Georgia Tech’s Kevin King and Juan Spir.
Scholtz (21-8) makes it four straight years for the Rebels to have a player reach at least the quarterfinals in singles, while the twins become the third Rebel tandem in five years to reach the quarterfinals.