For the second straight year, the Oxford Chargers have the top male track athlete in the state of Mississippi. Senior high jumper Justin Fondren won Mississippi’s Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year, just a season after pole vaulter Sam Kendricks won the same award for the 2010-11 season. (more…) (June 25, 2012, Page 6)
Erika Sisk’s fantastic spring in track and field continued to produce accolades today when she was named Mississippi’s Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year for the 2011-12 season. Sisk, who helped guide the Lady Chargers to a third straight MHSAA Class 5A state championship in May, was caught a little off guard about winning the award but wasn’t completely surprised after winning the Mississippi PopStar Awards that were sponsored by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in May.
Sisk, who is getting close to finishing a summer semester at Murray State, said she was excited about winning the award. She won several individual state championships this past season, but her leap of 40 feet, 1 inch in the triple jump was the second-best leap for a female athlete at the state meet and the result that garnered her the most attention moving forward. (June 20, 2012, 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)
Ole Miss women’s hoops signee and Raymond High standout Valencia McFarland was named Mississippi’s Gatorade Player of the Year today. (more…) (March 11, 2010)