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Track and Field set to host Ole Miss Invitational this weekend

Photo Courtesy: Wesley Hitt/Ole Miss Sports Information

The Ole Miss track and field team will return home this weekend to host the Ole Miss Invitational on Saturday.
The team is coming off a big performance at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge this past weekend, in which they captured first place in eight different events.
“It wasn’t really a good start for us and we had a couple things we were disappointed in, but after that everything just started rolling and we had a great meet and ended up finishing really well,” head coach Joe Walker said.
The meet featured SEC schools Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee, while the Big Ten was represented by Indiana, Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
Junior sprinter Isiah Young was the highlight of the meet for the No. 21 nationally ranked men.
He won both the 100- and 200-meters, including a meet record in the 100 with a time of 10.16, which also tied junior teammate Mike Granger for third-best in school history.
His time leads the nation and is the second-fastest time in the world this outdoor season, while junior Ricky Robertson also leads the nation and is tied for second-best in the world with a 7-4.5 mark this past weekend.
On the women’s side, senior Logan Waites shattered the school record in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:45.54, which earned her the title in the meet. The new record eclipses the 10:02.60 mark, which has held since 1989.
Now the Rebels return home where they have excelled in the past, and Walker believes that the trend will continue this weekend.
“We’re really excited about being at home,” he said. “We’ve always defended our home turf really well, and it’s our chance for our family and friends to see us and to come out.
“So, it is always a big affair for us to be at home. We get excited when we are here.”
Going into the home meet, the Rebels have three athletes who earned SEC weekly awards for their performances at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge. Young and Robertson were named runner of the week and co-men’s field athlete of the week, respectively, and Waites garnered co-women’s runner of the week honors.
Saturday’s meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., and among the schools that will be represented are SEC schools Alabama and Mississippi, as well as Memphis, among other Division I schools across the Southeast and the country.