Rebels soar at SECs

Sam Kendricks celebrates his SEC pole vault victory. (Ole Miss)

Sam Kendricks celebrates his SEC pole vault victory. (Ole Miss)

School reports

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ricky Robertson and Sam Kendricks won SEC track titles on Sunday to lead the Rebels to their best outdoor finish in 30 years.

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Robertson, a senior, won the high jump (7 feet, 3.25 inches) and finished second in the triple jump (personal-best 53-11.75).

Kendricks, a junior from Oxford, added an SEC outdoor title to a resume that includes NCAA outdoor and SEC indoor titles. He cleared 18-6, a facility record.

They led Ole Miss to a fifth-place finish and Robertson won the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy for scoring the most points at the meet (23).

Robertson was fourth in the long jump on Saturday.

“The leadership that Ricky and Sam provide this team is special,” said Ole Miss coach Brian O’Neal, the Pontotoc native who’s in his second season as the Rebels’ head coach.

Mississippi State picked up a title as sophomore Brandon McBride won the men’s 800 in 1:47.59.

The Texas A&M men and Arkansas women won the team titles.