A career of hard work and the constant drive to reach even greater heights has resulted in another new opportunity for Oxford High’s Sam Kendricks. The standout pole vaulter, who won the state championship this past season and recently ascended to No. 15 in the nation in the demanding event, was rewarded with his consistent progression with a scholarship from Ole Miss and track coach Joe Walker. Kendricks signed with the Rebels on Wednesday, the earliest a Charger has ever signed a track offer in school history.
Ever since Sam Kendricks’ father and coach, Scott Kendricks, told him that he thought competing in the pole vault would be suit his talents best, Sam has been dreaming of joining the Ole Miss team where his father competed under Walker’s direction. (February 3, 2011, Page 6)
Oxford High track standout Sam Kendricks set a new OHS indoor pole vault record of 14 feet, 6 inches at the the LSU High School Indoor Invitational Saturday. The previous record was shared both by Joseph Stevens and Kelly Drewery. Kendricks finished third overall in the competition against the most elite vaulters in the nation and he is currently ranked 19th in the nation for all vaulters. It was Kendricks’ first indoor competition. (more…) (January 10, 2011, Page 7)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Sam Kendricks is one of two Oxford High athletes who is competing at the New Balance Outdoor National meet held at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. this weekend, and his performance Thursday in the pole vault was definetly special. (more…) (June 18, 2010)
On a day where Pearl proved to be too much for any team in the field to defeat as state champions, three individual state titles and a balanced effort that garnered 70 total points and a second-place finish was what the Chargers had to hang their hat on. (May 17, 2010, Page 2B)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — An inspirational finish in the 4×400 meter relay cemented the Oxford Lady Chargers’ first state track championship Friday at the Class 5A meet at Pearl High School. (more…) (May 15, 2010)
Oxford’s girls and boys track teams are both looking to capture their first Class 5A North Half title Saturday at Bobby Holcomb Field. The Chargers and Lady Chargers have dominated their competition in both the district and region meets leading up to North Half and coach Scott Kendricks said his teams are prepared for the meet, which is the final opportunity for athletes to qualify for the next week’s 5A state meet. (May 7, 2010, Page 7A)
Two more all-around performances led to two more titles for the Oxford girls and boys track teams Monday at Bobby Holcomb Field. The Chargers won the Region 1-5A meet by scoring 200 points, 83.5 points more than second-place finisher Indianola-Gentry. The Lady Chargers totaled 191.5 points, the most ever in a region meet, a figure that clearly outdistanced Gentry. (May 4, 2010, Page 8)
The Chargers totaled 135 points, almost 100 points more than second-place finisher West Point, to win their title while the Lady Chargers totaled 109 points. New Hope finished second in that portion of the meet with 54 points. Rounding out the girls scores were Saltillo (52) and West Point. Saltillo was third in the boys portion with 45 points, while New Hope totaled 19 points. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet on May 1. (April 23, 2010, Page 7A)
Several individual athletes fared well for Oxford in the annual Daily Journal Relays held at Tupelo High School.
The Chargers totaled 130.5 points to finish second to Tupelo, who won the event with 175.5 points, while a skeleton Lady Charger team still placed fifth out of 15 teams with 43 points. (April 12, 2010, Page 3B)