Soaring Sam: Ole Miss pole vaulter Kendricks now among world’s best

OXFORD — This is the true story of how a Mississippian came to be one of the best pole vaulters in the world.

There’s another story, one Sam Kendricks will tell people. It’s shorter, more direct and perhaps saves a little face. But the reality is that his athletic career began as a kid just trying to make his father’s Oxford High School track and field team.

But as Kendricks can admit, he wasn’t very fast as a seventh-grader. Nor was he very athletic. His twin brother Tom was, and Scott Kendricks just couldn’t bear the thought of one brother making the team and the other not.

Sam Kendricks
Sam Kendricks


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