UM's Reese wins national title in long jump

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Lady Rebel junior Brittney Reese became the first Ole Miss female to win a national championship as she posted a mark of 22-02.25 in long jump en route to the school's 11th individual national championship.

In addition to her first career national title, Reese also finished third in the high jump with a mark of 6-01.25 to be named an all-american in the event. With her long jump title, Reese becomes a two-time all-american this season.

Junior Justin Gunn also became an all-american in the long jump as he posted a mark of 26-00.00 to record the second longest indoor jump in school history to turn in a fifth place finish. Gunn, who entered the weekend tied for 10th in the nation, finished the indoor season ranked fifth in the country.

In the preliminaries of the 400 meters, senior Kenyata Coleman qualified for the finals as she posted an eighth place finish with a time of 53.61. Coleman went on to turn in an eighth place showing in the finals with a time of 54.60. Freshman LaJada Baldwin, who became the first female true freshman to compete in an individual event at the NCAA Championships in school history, finished the 400 meters in 14th place with a time of 53.95.

The Ole Miss 4x400 meter relay team of Sirdonea Davis, Coleman, Britney Barnard and Baldwin finished in 11th place in the event with a time of 3:38.04.

As a team, the Lady Rebels finished ranked 13th in the nation with a total of 17 points, marking the most post scored on the women's side in school history. In addition, the women's team was the fourth highest finisher among SEC schools.

"We had a phenomenal meet this weekend and I am really proud of what we accomplished," head coach Joe Walker said. "We couldn't have asked for any more out of our team today, and they did everything humanly possible to put us in a position to be successful."

Ole Miss returns to action March 22 when the Rebels take part in the Rhodes Invitational from Memphis, Tenn., to open the 2008 outdoor season.

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