BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sam Kendricks broke his own school record in the pole vault to lead Ole Miss to a strong performance in its first meet of the 2012-13 track & field season, the Panther Indoor Icebreaker hosted by Birmingham-Southern.
A sophomore from Oxford High School, Kendricks cleared 17 feet-6.5 inches on his third attempt at the height, breaking his own school indoor record of 17-4.25 set as a college rookie a year ago. It won the competition and set a new meet record.
“The highlight of the night was Sam Kendricks,” said first-year head coach Brian O’Neal. “It was a special night for him. He’s set high expectations for himself, and I thought tonight was indicative of his fall preparation.”
Ole Miss had good outings from its returnees and newcomers in a meet that included Southeastern Conference foes Mississippi State and Vanderbilt and regional rivals Memphis and Southern Miss, among others.
“Everyone showed up with the competitive attitude and spirit that we were looking for today,” O’Neal added. “When the lights were turned on, we found a few surprises out there, too.” (December 3, 2012, Page 4B)