By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – A pair of Ole Miss signees were honored this week as the top high school track and field athletes in the state of Mississippi.
Oxford High School senior Sam Kendricks was named the 2010-11 Gatorade Mississippi boys Athlete of the Year, while Taryn Hartfield of Hattiesburg was tabbed the girls Athlete of the Year.
Kendricks cleared a state-record 16 feet, 3 inches in the pole vault to capture the Class 5A state championship this spring, while leading Oxford to a second-place finish as a team. He also won the indoor state championship in the pole vault with a jump of 17 feet.
Kendricks maintained a 3.70 GPA in the classroom.