OM vaulter Kendricks soars to NCAA crown

By NEMS Daily Journal

EUGENE, Ore. – Ole Miss sophomore Sam Kendricks, an Oxford native,
won the NCAA championship in the pole vault on Wednesday night.
It’s the first national title in the event for Ole Miss.
Kendricks was the only vaulter to clear 5.70 meters (18 feet, 81⁄4 inches). Jack Whitt of Oral Roberts, who won the event last year, was second at 18-61⁄2 and Shawn Barner of Akron was third at 18-41⁄2).
Kendricks finished 10th outdoors last year and third at the 2013 NCAA indoor meet.
His Rebels teammate, sprinter Isiah Young, advanced to Friday’s finals in
the 100 meters by winning his heat in 10.00, the third best time in qualifying.
Also on Wednesday, Mississippi State’s Jody-Ann Muir advanced in the women’s 400 meters.