BLOG — Former Oxford High standout Sam Kendricks finished third in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-American status Friday night. (more…) (March 9, 2013)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A record-breaking pole vault performance by former Oxford High standout Sam Kendricks highlighted a strong showing by the Ole Miss track and field team at the Blazer Invite on Friday. The meet was hosted by UAB at the Birmingham CrossPlex. (more…) (January 14, 2013, Page 7)
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. (more…) (December 3, 2012, Page 4B)
In a big day for Team USA, former Ole Miss star Brittney Reese stamped her place in track & field history by winning Olympic gold in the women’s long jump on Wednesday.
Reese added an Olympic gold medal to her accomplishments that already included the previous two world outdoor championships and the last two world indoor titles in the long jump. (more…) (August 9, 2012, Page 1B)
Four years ago, when the Olympics were being held in Beijing, current Ole Miss sprinter Isiah Young was working at a fast food restaurant in Kansas and was basically out of track altogether. While at one time Young may have dreamed about the Olympics, his path to compete in the games was unclear.
In the summer of 2008, Young wasn’t running at Allen County Community College, located near his hometown of Junction City, Kan. Now, just four years after completing high school and joining the work force to make ends meet, Young is headed to London to represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics. (July 12, 2012, Page 6)
EUGENE, Ore. — Young athletes around the world dream of one day competing for their country at the Olympic Games.
For Ole Miss junior sprinter Isiah Young, that dream became a reality on Sunday. And for former Ole Miss long jump star Brittney Reese, her dream was realized for the second time already in her young career. (July 2, 2012, Page 6)
Ole Miss’ replacement for long-time track and field head coach Joe Walker is someone who is very familiar with Walker’s teaching methods, compassion for student-athletes and love for the school. Brian O’Neal was officially introduced Tuesday afternoon as Walker’s replacement in a ceremony held just a few feet away from his mentor’s former office at the track facility.
O’Neal, a native of Pontotoc who was a four-year letterman at Ole Miss from 1989-1993, comes back to Oxford after spending the last four years of his coaching career at Florida and just days after helping leading the Gators to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Drake University. Leaving Ole Miss after 14 years may have been tough to do initially, but the journey to Gainesville, Fla., and back has made O’Neal a better coach in his estimation. (June 13, 2012, Page 6)