PEARL — Two of the best individual performances were turned in by Oxford Chargers on Friday at the MHSAA’s Class 5A state meet but they weren’t enough to lift the team to a state championship in the process.
Sam Kendricks ended his illustrious career in style as he set a new state meet record in the pole vault with a mark of 16 feet, 3 inches, six inches higher than the previous mark set last season. Justin Fondren continued to show his tremendous leaping ability, and consistency, as he won the high jump with a mark of 7 feet, the highest mark recorded by any high jumper from any class all weekend.
Both first-place finishes earned the Chargers 20 of their final 84 points, but on a day where Pearl looked as strong as they ever have, the total left OHS in second and without a title for the second straight season. (May 16, 2011, Page 2B)