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OM track fares well in Auburn indoor meet

Ole Miss athletes broke one school record and set two meet records during the Auburn Indoor Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Saturday.

“It’s important for us to remember that we’re still in the month of January and still in a training phase,” Ole Miss coach Brian O’Neal said. “We’re five weeks away from the SEC Championships, so what I’m looking for is to challenge ourselves to compete at a high level and to represent the Rebel Nation well. We had some pockets of success today. Our distance runners competed in their first track meet of the year, and it was good to have our complete team there with the sprints, jumps, hurdles and throws.”

For the No. 23 Ole Miss men, who were competing against the likes of No. 11 Auburn, No. 16 Florida State and No. 20 Mississippi State, it was again senior Ricky Robertson and former Oxford High standout Sam Kendricks putting on a record-breaking show for the fans. Robertson did not compete in his signature event, the high jump, but all he did instead was win the triple jump with a meet-record leap of 52 feet-8.25 inches that is the best jump in the NCAA so far this year. A personal best for the six-time All-American from Hernando, the mark ranks him third in school history in the event. Kendricks broke the meet record in the pole vault, clearing 17-8.5 before missing on three attempts at what would have been a school-record 18-4.5.

“Again it’s indicative of the way our jumps group at Ole Miss is performing at an extremely high level,” O’Neal said. “Sam pushed his record to 3-0. Instead of just going for a meet record or school record, he’s beginning to think of himself as a contender for the national championship. He was competing at the bar that would have established him as the national leader and came up just a little short.” (January 21, 2013, Page 11)

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