Oxford High standout pole vaulter Sam Kendricks continued to shine during the indoor season over the weekend by winning the University of Kentucky High School Invitational with a leap of 15 feet, 6 inches.
Kendricks’ latest performance landed him No. 17 in the nation according to dyestate.com. The mark sets a new record in the state of Mississippi from an indoor standpoint. According to OHS coach Scott Kendricks, the competition came to an exciting climax when Sam cleared the 15-6 attempt and another vaulter, Nikita Kirillov failed to clear the height. “When Kirillov decided to enter the event at 15-6, we felt like Sam would win,” Scott Kendricks said. “Nikita was outstanding last summer, but Sam had no misses in the competition. We felt that it was Sam’s day. He was just really on his game.”
Also competing in Saturday’s meet was senior OHS hurdler Jonathan Redding, who finished the 60 meter event in 8.83 seconds.
“Jonathan ran extremely well but didn’t make the final. These were the best hurdlers in America at this meet and Jonathan ran a solid race,” Scott Kendricks added. “He’s our top hurdler for this spring, and he should do very well this outdoor season for Oxford.” (February 21, 2011, Page 8)