Many of his compatriots, like sprinters Christian Coleman, Ronnie Baker and Noah Lyles, chose to only compete in Morocco but the Mississippi native took the challenge to double up and help spearhead America's 57-point win in the eight-nation event.
"Then I came here and I had to really pull it together to jump well," he added.
Kendricks was the only competitor to clear 5.83 -- short of the 5.86 he managed in Rabat -- and then failed three times in his attempt to set a personal best at 6.05, which would have been an American record.
"The 6.05m was doable so I wanted to compete and give it a try. I'm jumping here again next week which is great so I get to stay here all week and be a tourist - after I've had some sleep."
"I have lots of information to take away with me from today and think about all week long."
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