Keizer senior wins Masters high jump

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At 75, Keizerite Jim Kesey is performing feats of athletic prowess when others his age would be more worried about falling and breaking a hip. “All my friends think I’m nuts because I work hard every day as much as I can,” said Kesey. In June, Kesey took part in the Portland Masters Classic track and field meet and took first place in the high jump clearing 3-foot-8 and second in the 100 meter with a time of 16.25 seconds. “I was running like hell. I knew I would be up there, but I had no idea all these other guys who were nationally ranked would be coming out of the woodwork,” Kesey said. Kesey, who was a hurdler in college for Colorado State University, shows little sign of slowing down. When he ran the same 100 meter race a few years back his time was 16.22. As recently as last year, Kesey was ranked nationally in the 55 meter sprint with a time of 9.9 seconds and long jump with a mark of 10-foot-10. A sprained Achilles tendon and timing of the events were the only things that kept him from attempting the long jump at the Portland Masters. After missing the long jump he decided to give the high jump a try on a lark. He hadn’t participated in that...

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