Oxford’s track and field season got off to a great start Saturday as both the girls and boys teams captured the Oxford Invitational. It was the first meet of the season for both teams. The Lady Chargers, last season’s Class 5A state champion, showed their depth as they totaled 155 points, 38 more than second-place finisher Southaven. The Chargers totaled 179 points, 34 more than second-place finisher Tupelo, which had not competed at Bobby Holcomb Field since 2002.Rounding out the top five finishers on the girls side were Lafayette with 100.5 points, Tupelo (92.5) and Corinth (64.5). Rounding out the top five teams in the boys division were Southaven (136), Corinth (52) and Kossuth (41). Lafayette’s boys finished seventh out of 10 teams with 29 points.
High jumper Justin Fondren led the Chargers with a new school record of 7 feet, 1 inch, a mark that placed him No. 1 in the nation in the high school ranks and of course No. 1 at Saturday’s meet. Another outstanding first-place finish was turned in by Sam Kendricks, who pole vaulted 15-7 to qualify for the USA and Nationals as well as place him No. 6 in the nation. Both first-place finishes garnered 20 points for the Chargers, who won eight events overall. (March 14, 2011, Page 7)