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Ole Miss NCAA Champions - Track & Field

The NCAA Outdoor Championships are just one day away, and two Ole Miss athletes are among the favorites to claim national titles in their events.

Isiah Young arrives in Eugene, Ore., as the top seed in the men's 100 meters and No. 2 seed in the 200. He is the back-to-back SEC 200 meter champ and is the only collegian to run sub-10 in the 100 this season (9.99 at the NCAA East prelims in Greensboro, N.C.).

Sam Kendricks is the top seed in the men's pole vault at 19-0.75. He is the only collegian to clear 19 feet this year and is fifth-best in NCAA history with that clearance.

With such good title hopes, I wanted to trek down memory lane and look at the Rebels' past NCAA champs, most recently in 2008 when Brittney Reese won the women's indoor and outdoor long jumps en route to being named USTFCCCA National Women's Field Athlete of the Year. She has since enjoyed a pretty decent pro career.

Here's the full list of Ole Miss' all-time NCAA champions:

Men:
1983 - Ralph Spry, outdoor long jump
1991 - George Kersh, indoor 800 meters
1991 - George Kersh, outdoor 800 meters
1994 - Greg Saddler, indoor 55 meters
2000 - Savante' Stringfellow, outdoor long jump
2001 - Savante' Stringfellow, indoor long jump
2001 - Savante' Stringfellow, outdoor long jump
2004 - Antwon Hicks, indoor 60-meter hurdles
2005 - Antwon Hicks, indoor 60-meter hurdles
2007 - Barnabas Kirui, outdoor 3000-meter steeplechase

Women:
2008 - Brittney Reese, indoor long jump
2008 - Brittney Reese, outdoor long jump

Ole Miss Track Among World Elite

Track & Field News published today a comprehensive listing of the best marks in the world and U.S. this year, combining indoors and outdoors (full lists here).

Several current and former Ole Miss athletes found themselves on the lists, as shown below.

Notables include Isiah Young ranked No. 3 in the world and first among Americans in the 200 meters, Sam Kendricks No. 7 in the world and second among Americans in the pole vault and former Rebel Brittney Reese tops in the world in the women's long jump.

Current Rebel men:

Isiah Young - 100m (10.09)
- #9 U.S.

Isiah Young - 200m (20.20)
- #3 World
- #1 U.S.

Ole Miss - 4x100m relay (39.69)
- #26 U.S.

Ricky Robertson - High Jump (7-6)
- #4 U.S.

Sam Kendricks - Pole Vault (19-0.75)
- #7 World
- #2 U.S.

Ricky Robertson - Triple Jump (52-8.25)
- #19 U.S.

Morris Kersh - Triple Jump (51-11.75)
- #36 U.S.

Former Rebel men:

Antwon Hicks - 110m Hurdles (13.25)
- #4 World
- #3 U.S.

Current Rebel women:

Mary Ashton Nall - Heptathlon (5397)
- #29 U.S.

Former Rebel women:

Brittney Reese - Long Jump (23-9.5)
- #1 World
- #1 U.S.

UPDATE: Rebel. Champion. Olympian. Young's Blog

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Ole Miss rising senior Isiah Young will represent Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Young burst onto the international scene with a record-breaking junior year for the Rebels. He will run the 200 meters in London, an event in which he broke the school record, claimed an SEC title and was named an All-American earlier this year.

Fast Facts

Name: Isiah Young
Year: Rising senior
Hometown: Junction City, Kansas
Age: 22
Junior College: Allen Community College
Personal-best 200m: 20.16
Personal-best 100m: 10.08

Blog entry - July 26, 2012

My training in Europe has been great! I love getting to work with some of the professionals, and we give it everything we've got at practice. Europe has been good. I took some pictures. I head to the Olympic village on Thursday, and that's when I get to see everything and other athletes from other countries. So I'm just in Birmingham (England) training right now.

I'm most excited to see everybody that's going to be representing the USA at the Games and for when they call us to come up at the Opening Ceremonies. I plan on going to see as many of the sports and events as I can to get my mind off my race until it gets here. I've got to see the basketball team and see how big some of those players really are.

Ole Miss fans, thanks for the support. It's a true blessing to make it all the way here. All or nothing at everything u do!

Until next time,

-Isiah


Blog entry - July 18, 2012

Well, my flight to Europe was great!! That is, all three of them that it took to get over here. The two shorter flights I got the window seat, and for my 9-hour flight I got the whole row!! I flew into Houston, then to London. London is too nice! Then I got picked up and dipped off to Monaco.

All I'm doing for this meet in Monaco is just the 4x1 relay. (The meet is a Samsung Diamond League competition on Friday, July 20).

I'm just looking forward to how the living style is over here. I've seen a rich lifestyle up here. It would be an honor to even be a janitor in Monaco. And the food is different here. I don't know why, it just tastes different.

I will get to London probably on Monday.

That's all for now. Talk to you again soon. Go Rebels! Go USA!

-Isiah

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