Two deep teams, one led by the nation’s best high jumper in Justin Fondren and the other led by a bevy of returners that have won back-to-back state championships, are what Oxford track coaches Scott Kendricks and Jamie Perkins have to work with this spring. (more…) (March 8, 2012, Page 6)
Oxford’s success in boys track and field and cross country the past decade can be traced back to Ole Miss coach Joe Walker and the impact he made on Scott Kendricks when he was a Rebel and a member of Walker’s first track team.
When Walker told his squad Tuesday evening he would be leaving Ole Miss at the end of the 2012 season to join his son, Joe Walker III, at Louisville, Kendricks understood just how special that opportunity will be for both father and son. (March 1, 2012, Page 6)
For an athlete that pays attention to heights and has to evaluate situations with his eyes and brain as much as anything, Oxford high jumper Justin Fondren has a great idea of how to measure an important decision and special moment in his life.
Fondren’s latest birthday present today included a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama. His signature on the National Letter of Intent not only secured money for his future education, but a chance to learn a lot from arguably the best high jump coach in the nation in Dick Booth. (more…) (February 2, 2012, Page 7)
All season the Oxford High boys cross-country team has shown through its strong times that it was one of the best teams in the state of Mississippi. On Saturday, with the best runners assembled at the MHSAA Class 5A state meet in Clinton, the Chargers punctuated an already fabulous season by winning the overall title. The victory garnered the Chargers their fourth overall state title and first since 1998 and finished the year ranked as the third overall program in the state behind Tupelo and Ocean Springs. (more…) (November 7, 2011, Page 1B)
Led by the efforts of Lucian Duchaine, the Oxford boys cross country team claimed first place at the Region 1-5A championships, while the Lady Chargers took home silver thanks to a standout performance from Callie Mayo.
Led by Callie Mayo and Austin Carter, the Oxford girls and boys cross country teams had successful showings at the Pontotoc Cross Country Invitational Saturday held at Longbow Trails. Mayo finished second in the 2.5 mile race with a time of 16 minutes, 28 seconds. Carter, meanwhile, was the top boys finisher with a time of 17:57, good for seventh overall. (September 12, 2011, Page 4B)
A familiar face will be back on the Oxford High track this upcoming spring to help keep the Chargers in contention for state championships.
Chris Bush, who helped lead the OHS boys track team to state title in 2007, returns as an assistant coach to Scott Kendricks after four years at Ole Miss. Bush will help with the relays and sprinters during his time at OHS, Kendricks said, and then build on his coaching resume from there. (June 30, 2011, Page 6)
A celebrated high school career, both on the track and in the classroom, culminated with another award for Oxford High pole vaulter Sam Kendricks late last week. The Ole Miss signee, who set a new pole vault record at this year’s MHSAA state meet, was honored Friday when he was named the Gatorade Mississippi Boys Athlete of the Year in track for the 2010-11 school year.
It was the first time a Charger won the award given annually to the student-athlete who not only excels in their respective sport but also in the classroom. (June 28, 2011, Page 6)