Friday, June 13, 2008

Brittany Reese Wins NCAA Long Jump Honors

Ole Miss junior jumper Brittney Reese capped her sensational season in style as she was crowned the NCAA Champion in the long jump for the second time in her career as she leaped a distance of 22-09.00 to equal the world’s longest jump this season she set earlier in the year at the LSU Alumni Gold.

Reese, the nation’s top-ranked long jumper, remained true to form as she dominated her competition by jumping 11 inches further than the second place finisher. Her victory marks her second career national title as she also claimed the honor during the indoor season with a mark of 22-02.25. She stands as the only female in school history to win an individual national championship.

“I thought this was Brittney’s best performance ever,” head coach Joe Walker said. “I thought she had excellent speed down the runway and hit her last few steps better than ever. There was tremendous competition here today and I couldn’t be more proud of her. The fact that she was able to win by almost a foot is very impressive.”

Following Reese’s jump, the Lady Rebels sit in second place in the overall standings with a total of 10 points, trailing only Stanford’s 11.

Also on the women’s side, senior Kasey McDaniel advanced in the 100 meter hurdles as she posted a time of 13.35 in the preliminaries en route to an 11th place finish. McDaniel will look to qualify for the finals of the event Friday at 7:55 p.m. when she takes part in the semifinals.

The Lady Rebel 4x400 relay team of Sirdonea Davis, Kenyata Coleman, Britney Barnard and LaJada Baldwin turned in a ninth place finish with a time of 3:33.66.

Freshman Lee Ellis Moore posted a top-10 finish in the 400 meter hurdles despite not advancing into the finals. Moore raced to a 10th place finish in the event as he posted a time of 50.57 in the semifinals.

Ole Miss returns to action Friday at 4:45 p.m. when senior Carmia Carroll looks to earn an NCAA Championship in the high jump.

110 Meter Hurdles Prelims
John Yarbrough - FS

400 Meter Hurdles Prelims
11. Lee Ellis Moore – 50.55Q

400 Meter Hurdles Semifinals
10. Lee Ellis Moore – 50.57

3000 Meter Steeplechase
9. Barnabas Kirui – 8:49.63Q

400 Meter Prelims
1. Kenyata Coleman – 51.78Qsr
9. LaJada Baldwin – 53.38Q

100 Meter Hurdles Prelims
11. Kasey McDaniel – 13.35Q

4x100 Meter Relay Prelims
11. Ole Miss ‘A’ – 44.66

4x400 Meter Relay Prelims
9. Ole Miss ‘A’ – 3:33.66

Long Jump Prelims
7. Brittney Reese – 21-07.25Q

Long Jump Finals
1. Brittney Reese – 22-09.00sr

High Jump Prelims
1. Carmia Carroll – 5-09.75Q

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