Thursday, June 12, 2008

OLe MIss In NCAA Track & Field

The Ole Miss track and field team competed in six individual events and advanced in all six of them to highlight competition in the first day of the NCAA Championships from Drake Stadium.

On the women’s side, senior sprinter Kenyata Coleman set a new school record with her time of 51.78 en route to a first place finish in the 400 meter preliminaries to advance into the semifinals scheduled for Friday evening at 8:15 p.m. Freshman LaJada Baldwin also advanced in the 400 meters as she turned in a ninth place finish with a time of 53.38.

Senior jumper Carmia Carroll tied for first place in the high jump preliminaries with a height of 5-09.75 to qualify for the finals. Carroll will take part in the high jump finals Friday at 4:45 p.m.

Junior Brittney Reese needed just one jump to automatically qualify for the finals as she posted a seventh place finish in the long jump preliminaries with a mark of 21-07.25 to advance to the finals. The long jump finals are slated to begin Thursday afternoon at 5:00 p.m.

In addition to the individuals, the Lady Rebel 4x100 meter relay team of Kadeshia Fortune, Baldwin, Coleman and Reese captured 11th place in the event with a time of 44.66.

Both of the men’s competitors advanced in their respective events beginning with junior Barnabas Kirui in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Kirui placed ninth in the event with a time of 8:49.63 and will look for his second consecutive NCAA Championship in the event Friday at 7:40 p.m.

Freshman Lee Ellis Moore recorded an 11th place finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a personal best time of 50.55. In addition, his time marks the second fastest time in school history. Moore will compete in the semifinals of the event Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

Ole Miss returns to action Thursday at 4:30 p.m. when senior Kasey McDaniel competes first for the Lady Rebels in the 100 meter hurdles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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