MIRAMAR, Fla. (Ole Miss Athletics/WTVA) - The future is bright for Ole Miss track & field, as the talented Rebel freshmen class punched three additional tickets to Costa Rica and won two national titles at a historic second day of the USATF U20 Outdoor Championships on Saturday.
Thrower Tedreauna Britt punched her tickets after winning the U.S. title in the discus and finishing second in the shot put, while sprinter Brandee Presley cemented herself as the best women’s 100-meter runner in Ole Miss history with a national title of her own. Combined with Joseph Benedetto’s win in the men’s hammer on Friday afternoon, Ole Miss already has four tickets punched to the Pan American U20 Outdoor Championships in Costa Rica on July 18-21. Entering this weekend, Ole Miss had only four total entries to the Pan American junior meet in its entire history.
“We had another great day at the track,” said Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith. “Teddy came out and made her first international team in two events just two hours apart, and Brandee has been so exciting to watch every time she steps on the track. I’m really proud of her confidence and determination. I feel like we have so much of that going on right now with this young group, and I can’t wait to see what Jayda and Kelly do tomorrow.”
Presley – a native of Bixby, Oklahoma – entered tied for the best seed time at 11.24 (+0.5) and did not disappoint her top billing status. She won the prelim at a new school record of 11.23 (+3.1) that also tied eight-time All-American Teneeshia Jones’ all-conditions record of 11.23 (+5.0) from 2001. Less than two hours later, though, Presley left no doubt about her placement in the record books, breaking the school record yet again at a wind-legal 11.19 (+2.0) to become the first Rebel to ever break 11.20 regardless of wind to win the U.S. junior title and punch her ticket to Costa Rica. Her finals time ranks No. 6 on the world U20 list and was the fastest at the U20 meet since Candace Hill’s meet record of 11.09 (+1.9) from 2016. It was also the fastest winning time at the U20 meet since Kaylin Whitney’s 11.10 (+0.9) from 2014.
Presley’s heroics on Saturday should come as no surprise to any who watched her over the last month of the collegiate season. Aside from being the anchor leg on two different school record 4x100-meter relay teams, Presley has quickly become one of the most talented underclassmen 100-meter sprinters in the NCAA. She entered the NCAA East Regional ranked No. 43 at her PR of 11.56 (+1.5), but she left with two huge personal bests of 11.37 (+1.1) in the prelims and 11.38 (+0.1) in the final to punch her ticket to Austin for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. There, she ran 11.24 (+0.5) to finish 12th overall for Second-Team All-American honors, tying Jones’ school record in the process.
Britt – a native of St. George, South Carolina – won her U.S. title in dominant fashion, taking the discus title by 10 feet at a new career best heave of 54.01m (177-02). Britt had already taken the lead with her fourth attempt of 53.18m (174-05), but with the championship and a trip to Costa Rica wrapped up she uncorked her new PR – the third-best ever at Ole Miss and the No. 12 throw on the world U20 list this year.
She then followed that up with a runner-up finish in the women’s shot put at a half-foot PR of 15.56m (51-00.75), making her the first Rebel woman to ever double at the Pan American U20 meet – as well as just the second Rebel ever, joining James Shelton, who won gold in the 4x100-meter relay and a bronze in the 100-meter for Team USA in 1999.
The action is far from over for Ole Miss, though, as Jayda Eckford and Kelly Rowe hit the track at 2:57 p.m. CT on Sunday in the women’s 200-meter dash prelims.
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