OM’s Kendricks wins second straight NCAA title
For the second time in as many seasons, Ole Miss pole vaulter Sam Kendricks is an NCAA champion. The former Oxford High standout won his second straight title Wednesday night at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Kendricks, who just won his first outdoor title in the SEC, defeated Akron’s Shawn Barber to win the title. He cleared 18 feet, 8.25 inches, a mark that Barber couldn’t match, according to the release from Ole Miss.
Kendricks is now the first Ole MIss track athlete to win back-to-back titles since Savante Stringfellow won the long jump titles in 2000 and 2001.
“The reward for me came from all the guys I jumped against today,” Kendricks said in the release. “Those guys have worked hard their whole lives, just like I have. And they wanted me to make that bar as much as they wanted to make it themselves. So it was very rewarding to know they worked their hardest and I came out on top among friends. And that’s what made it a lot of fun.”