Ole Miss Junior Claims Second Straight NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault Title
AT OLE MISS (2012-13):
OUTDOOR: NCAA Pole Vault champion ... USTFCCCA First Team All-American ... won the first pole vault national title in school history with a winning clearance of 18-8.25 at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. ... eighth individual in Ole Miss history to win a national championship, achieving the 13th national title overall in program history ... his 10 points helped Ole Miss finish No. 8 nationally, the best final NCAA ranking in school history ... semifinalist for The Bowerman (college track & field's top honor) ... World University Games gold medalist in the pole vault in Kazan, Russia with a mark of 18-4.5 ... placed eighth at the USA Championships (17-10.5) ... placed second at the SEC Outdoor Championships (18-1) to earn All-SEC second team ... two-time SEC Field Athlete of the Week ... cleared 18 feet or better eight times in 11 outdoor meets and earned seven outright pole vault meet victories ... broke his own school record in the outdoor pole vault with a 19-0.75 at the Texas Relays on March 29 ... his 19-0.75 mark ranked him No. 1 in the world for several weeks, and he finished the season ranked No. 9 among all the world's pole vaulters ... held the top pole vault mark in the NCAA through the end of the season ... That vault ranks him fifth in NCAA history and was the best since 1998 ... made Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" on April 15 ... set back-to-back Ole Miss facility records at the Ole Miss Invitational (18-1) and Mississippi Open (18-1.25) ... SEC Academic Honor Roll.
INDOOR: USTFCCCA First Team All-American ... placed third in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. ... helped the Ole Miss men place 23rd at the national meet ... his NCAA Championships mark of 18-4.5 shattered his own school indoor record and was the highest finish ever by a Rebel in the pole vault at the NCAA indoor meet ... placed seventh in the pole vault at the SEC Indoor Championships (17-1.5) ... SEC Field Athlete of the Week (Jan. 15) after he broke his own school record and the meet (UAB Blazer Invitational) and facility (Birmingham CrossPlex) records with a mark of 18-1.75 ... set the Auburn Invitational meet record (17-8.5) ... set the BSC Panther Indoor Icebreaker meet record (17-6.5).
OUTDOOR: USTFCCCA Second Team All-American in the pole vault ... first Ole Miss All-American pole vaulter since Baker Vinci in 1985 ... tied for 10th place at the NCAA Championships with a mark of 17-4.5 ... top freshman finisher in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships ... became the first Rebel to ever clear 18 feet when he broke his own school record with a mark of 18-0.5 to capture second place at the SEC Championships ... All-SEC second team ... claimed pole vault victory in five of 10 outdoor meets as a true freshman ... originally set the school record with a 17-11 clearance in a first-place finish at the LSU Alumni Gold ... named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week after his win at LSU ... also captured first place in the pole vault at the Florida Relays (17-8.5), Mississippi Open (17-7.25), SEC/Big Ten Challenge (16-6.75) and Rhodes Open (16-6.5) ... named SEC Freshman of the Week after his first-place showing at the Florida Relays ... placed fourth at the Drake Relays (17-4.5) and second at the Ole Miss Invitational (17-4.5).
INDOOR: Broke the indoor school pole vault record with his mark of 17-4.25 to claim first place at the Alabama High Tide Qualifier, finishing just shy of a spot at the NCAA Championships ... placed in the top six in the pole vault at every indoor meet as a true freshman ... tied for sixth place at the SEC Championships (17-0) ... captured third place at the Rod McCravy Memorial (16-11.5) and fifth at the Auburn Invitational (17-0.75).
BEFORE OLE MISS: Named the 2010-11 Gatorade Athlete of the Year for Mississippi high school boys' track and field ... selected as Mississippi's Boys Track and Field PopStar and Mr. Track and Field in Mississippi in 2011 ... cleared a state meet record of 16-3 to capture the Class 5A state championship meet, leading Oxford High School to a second-place finish as a team in 2011 ... also won the 2011 indoor state championship and the 2010 outdoor championship in the pole vault ... personal-best outdoor vault of 17-0 set the Mississippi high school record and ranked among the nation's top 10 high school marks in 2011 ... helped OHS to the 2009 MHSAA state championship ... competed in track and field under the direction of his father, head coach Scott Kendricks ... also lettered in cross country and soccer ... volunteered locally on behalf of youth soccer programs and participated in fundraisers for both breast cancer awareness and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital ... honored as Most Outstanding Cadet for Oxford High's Marine Corps Junior ROTC.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 7, 1992 ... son of Scott and Marni Kendricks, who both attended Ole Miss ... his mother is an assistant dean in the Ole Miss School of Engineering ... his father ran cross country at Ole Miss and is currently a volunteer assistant overseeing the team's pole vaulters ... has a twin brother, Tom, who also attends Ole Miss.
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