A total of 10 athletes from the state’s two SEC schools – seven from Ole Miss and three from Mississippi State – qualified over the weekend for the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.
Six of the Ole Miss athletes qualified on Saturday, the final day of the East Regional preliminary meet in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Rebels’ contingent is led by pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, a junior from Oxford. The defending men’s outdoor champion, he was the top qualifier Saturday at 17 feet, 5.5 inches.
Senior jump specialist Ricky Robertson, ranked No. 2 NCAA this year in both the high jump and the triple jump, failed to advance as he was hampered by injury.
The other Ole Miss athletes who will advance: junior hurdler Robert Semien, junior triple jumper Phillip Young and the 4×100-meter relay squad of senior Mike Granger, freshman Jalen Miller, senior Creighton Serrette and freshman Kailo Moore.
The relay team advanced with a school-record 39.34, smashing the 2002 Rebel record of 39.56.
Three MSU athletes advanced on Friday – junior Brandon McBride in the 800 meters, Scottie Hearn in the 400-meter hurdles and Cornelia Griesche in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.
McBride was the SECchampion in his event.