Rebs dominate home track meet

The Ole Miss track and field teams used a balanced effort to dominate the Ole Miss Invitational on a cool, windy Saturday.

"We talked about the weather all this week," said Ole Miss head coach Joe Walker. "I said we couldn't control the weather, but we could control our effort. I thought we did a great job and compete really hard. Our strength this year is our depth. We had a great meet in the distances, jumps and throws, really all around. We were very balanced."

The Rebels and Lady Rebels combined for 14 first place finishes on the day.

Charles Bailey, who is ranked No. 3 in the nation in the long jump, took home the men's long jump title with a mark of 24-09.00. The regional qualifying mark fell just short of Bailey season best mark of 24-09.75. Adewale Odetunde finished second with a personal best mark of 24-04.25. Odetunde's mark was also a NCAA regional qualifying mark. Justin Gunn finished third with a mark of 23-09.50, which fell just short of NCAA qualifying standards. Gunn also placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 47-09.25

Barnabas Kirui, the reigning SEC Cross Country champion, turned in a NCAA regional qualifying mark of 14:09.38 in his win in the 5,000 meters. Kirui's holds a personal best time of 14:01.23.

Derek McGuire won the men's shot put with a mark of 56-07.25, which is a NCAA qualifying mark. The mark was a season best McGuire, who finished runner-up in the shot put at the 2006 SEC Outdoor Championships.

The Rebels finished with three of the top four places in the men's 100 meters. Rickie Bratton (10.74), Anka Autman (10.75) and Michael Coleman (11.00) took home places two through four.

Devin Darnall won the men's 800 meters in a time of 1:53.95 and Justin Gunn finished second in the 110-meters hurdles with a personal best time of 14.70.

James Maloney won the men's hammer throw with a mark of 169-09 and Bryce Willen won the men's pole vault with a height of 14-07.25.

Sophomore Britney Reese, the No. 3 ranked long jumper in the nation, took home a three titles in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Reese turned in a mark of 5-08.00 to win the high jump. Her mark just missed the NCAA qualifying standard. Reese also won the long jump with a mark of 20-06.25. Her season best mark of 21-07.50 is the best in the SEC this year. Her mark of 39-09.25 won the triple jump.

The Rebel women swept the top four places in the 100 meters. Cachet Murray won the event with a time of 11.84. Kadeshia Fortune (11.90), Kenyata Coleman (11.98) and Kim Mulkey (12.07) rounded out the top four.

Britney Barnard finished second in the women's 400 meters with a time of 56.20, while Samantha Mazer took home second place in the women's 5,000 meters in a time of 18:28.68. Susan Legatova finished second in the javelin with a mark of 134-04 and Davina Orieukwu finished runner-up in the hammer throw with a mark of 172-04.

The Lady Rebel 4x100-meter relay team won the title with a time of 46.32. Francis Vital won the women's 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.83.

Amber Bledsoe (19-01.50) and Cachet Murray (18-08.50) finished second and third, respectively in the long jump

The Rebel men and women host their second and final meet of the season next weekend, beginning April 14.

OM Spirit Top Stories