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Keahna takes fourth in High Jump at Drake Relays

May 1, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

In his final appearance at the Drake Relays, Keith Keahna felt pride, and rightfully so, in his performance. Keahna finished fourth in the High Jump among the top jumpers in the State of Iowa.

The bar was set at 6'1 to start the event. Keahna easily cleared the first three heights of 6'1, 6'3 and 6'5. It was when the bar was set at 6'7 that he began to struggle and ultimately he didn't hit the height.

"I'm not disappointed at all, the only disappointment I have is that I was really close to 6-7 on every one of my jumps," Keahna said. "I was happy to represent my school down here, being the only one for the boys again. It was another fun time down here."

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South Tama County’s Keith Keahna competed in the Drake Relays on Thursday, April 25. Keahna finished fourth.
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There were no feelings of melancholy for the senior who went on to watch winner Grant Brouwer from Sibley-Ocheyedan and runner-up Braeden Hoyer from Northeast, who both cleared 6-9.

Not only is Keahna a great competitor but he's also great at sportsmanship. He was right there to congratulate both boys once they were done.

Being a three time Drake qualifier and four time state qualifier, Keahna has become comfortable with the atmosphere of the blue oval.

"I guess I'm just better down here, I know what I have to do coming down here every time I jump here," he said. "I just try to put it all together mentally, I did that last year and came down here and got second, and I did that again today and I'm happy with the way I jumped."

An added feature to the opening day of the Drake Relays was the rhythmic beats from the Isiserettes who played in the stands throughout the afternoon and evening.

"As soon as we started hearing it I was like, 'what is going on?'" Keahna said with a laugh. "It really made me focus harder on what I was supposed to do and think about it more."

Keahna's fourth place finish may have been two spots lower than that of his junior year but the senior Iowa recruit is able to look at the positives.

"I am really happy with myself," he said. "Being able to do that, I know no one at our school has been able to do that before, so for me to be able to do that, come down here two years in a row and get top five, that's probably my biggest accomplishment. This meet is so legendary, it's fun to come down here and jump in all that atmosphere."

Keahna will now have two weeks to prep for what will predictably be his fourth appearance at the State Track and Field meet. Keahna, who won the Class 3A State Title last season, will be looking to defend his accomplishments again this year.

"I am still looking for that 6-7 mark this year. I know I can do it, I hit it many times last year, and I know I can for sure after today get 6-9," Keahna said. "That 6-9 is so close, it's probably later than when I expected to get it but I am happy with how I am going forward and excited for these next three weeks."



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