District and regional champion? Check.
State champion? Check.
National champion? Check.
Top three in the world? Check.
Oxford High’s Justin Fondren became the most successful high jumper in Chargers history when he won the state championship in May.
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)
This past weekend at the New Balance Outdoor National Championship was no different, as the Oxford junior out-jumped the best in the country en route to a national title in the high jump with a height of 6-feet, 10-inches. (more…) (June 21, 2011, Page 6)
PEARL — Five minutes was all the time Oxford girls track coach Jamie Perkins gave Ann Houston to prepare herself to run in the 4×400 meter relay on Friday at the MHSAA Class 5A state meet held at Pearl High School.
After spending the entire day supporting her teammates and watching the Lady Chargers pile up the points and a lead at the annual meet from behind the fence that surrounds Pearl’s track, Houston said she was surprised to find out Perkins had chosen her over Meredith Sanford to run in the final event that would seal a second straight title for the Lady Chargers. (May 16, 2011, Page 1B)
PEARL — Two of the best individual performances were turned in by Oxford Chargers on Friday at the MHSAA’s Class 5A state meet but they weren’t enough to lift the team to a state championship in the process. (more…) (May 16, 2011, Page 2B)
Most people would say that the most competitive track meet of the season happens the final weekend when the best teams and the best athletes square off at Pearl High School at the state meet.
But if there was ever an exception to that rule, it would be the Class 5A North Half meet that will take place at Oxford’s Bobby Holcomb Field on Saturday. The Chargers and Lady Chargers host a bevy of talented teams this weekend, including the school’s nemesis, Pearl.
The meet begins at noon with field events and cost to enter is $5. Oxford’s boys and girls both finished second to Pearl in last year’s North Half meet and both teams are looking to change that this time around. (more…) (May 6, 2011, Page 6A)
Oxford’s dominance on the track continued on Saturday at Bobby Holcomb Field as the Chargers and Lady Chargers both won the Region 1-5A track championships.
The Lady Chargers took first place by totaling 209 points, more than double second-place finisher New Hope, which finished with 93 points. Oxford’s boys also dominated from a points total as the Chargers racked up 238.5 points, almost 150 points more than second-place finisher Hernando (90). (more…) (May 2, 2011, Page 4B)
Led by outstanding individual efforts from Sam Kendricks, Justin Fondren and Kristen Dickerson, the Oxford boys and girls track teams easily won the Division 2-5A meet at Oxford’s Bobby Holcomb Field on Saturday.
The Chargers totaled 150 points, 112 more than second-place finisher West Point. New Hope was third in the boys meet with 31 points, while Saltillo finished fourth with 23. The Lady Chargers finished with 133 points, more than double second-place finisher New Hope with 66. Saltillo was third with 24, while West Point was fourth with 16. (April 25, 2011, Page 1B)