Two of Oxford High’s most decorated track athletes will be leading two of the most successful programs at OHS in the coming year. Chris Patton and Chris Bush were both approved by the school board Monday to lead the cross country and boys track programs respectively. Patton, who has been an assistant to former OHS coach Scott Kendricks since 2008, will assist Bush on the track and continue to work with sprinters and jumpers as he has in the past. Bush will assist Patton with the cross country teams.
Oxford Athletics Director Johnny Hill recommended the duo after Kendricks decided first, to become just the cross country coach, and then leave high school coaching altogether when he decided to coach at Ole Miss earlier this month. (July 26, 2012, Page 6)
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)
Former Oxford High sprinter Horatio Williams qualified for the 200 meter dash Thursday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Williams, who is a senior at Florida State, was in the second heat of competitors and advanced to the finals with a time of 20.69 seconds. Williams was also a member of the 4×100 relay team that qualified for the finals by finishing first in Heat 1 with a time of 38.81. (June 8, 2012, Page 7A)
Erika Sisk’s second trip to the Metro Jackson area in less than a week produced another set of awards Wednesday night. Sisk was nominated and then won the Pop Star Award given annually by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. (more…) (May 17, 2012, Page 7A)
PEARL — Oxford senior Mollie Beth Ott had an idea that her first-place finish in the pole vault was very important to how the Lady Chargers closed out Friday’s MHSAA Class 5A state track meet at Pearl High School when some extra teammates came over to watch her last few attempts.
With Oxford ahead of Pearl by only three points (72-69) with two events left to be scored, Ott’s finish — as well as how teammate Sally Rychlak fared — in the pole vault was critical to deciding a third straight state championship for the Lady Chargers.
Ott knew that Kristen Dickerson had fallen in the 300 meter hurdles and did not record a point. She was vaulting when members of the 4×100 relay team collided and finished eighth, which meant only one point for a team that should have finished fourth. Ott also knew that 3,200 runner Audrey Dayan was held out of Friday’s meet due to an injury, meaning no additional points in an event she was seeded third in. (May 14, 2012, Page 1B)
PEARL — Three first-place finishes, highlighted by the final high jump of Justin Fondren’s prep career in Mississippi, paced the Oxford Chargers in Friday’s MHSAA Class 5A state meet held at Pearl High School.
Oxford scored 30 of its 51 points thanks to Fondren’s leap of 7 feet, Michael McGhee’s throw of 45 feet, 10 inches in the shot put and Austin Super’s mark of 14-3 in the pole vault. The Chargers finished fourth overall in the meet that was won by Pearl with 73 points.
Fondren finished first in the high jump and then attempted 7.25 to tie the overall state meet record of Marcus Jackson from J.Z. George but was unable to clear the bar during his three attempts. Fondren has cleared the height before but an athlete has to do it at the state meet in order for it to be a state record. (May 14, 2012, Page 2B)
Today’s MHSAA Class 5A state track meet at Pearl High School will be decided between Oxford’s incredible depth in field events and long-distance running events against Pearl’s overall depth. The Lady Chargers are the two-time defending state champions and looking to win yet again. In order for that to happen, Oxford will have to continue to perform at a high level like they have the past three weeks in the division, region and North Half meets. (May 11, 2012, Page 7A)
Oxford may not really be in contention to win a team state title this year at the MHSAA Class 5A state meet, but three or four Chargers are heavy favorites to win individual state championships.
Led by the nation’s best high jumper, Justin Fondren, the Chargers should still finish in the top five even if they don’t end up winning a state title this year. (May 11, 2012, Page 8A)