Keys brothers first, third in decathlon championship

Sweet Home brothers Dakotah and Jess Keys placed first and third, respectively, in the Oregon Junior Olympic Decathlon Championships Saturday and Sunday at Willamette University in Salem.

Both qualified for the regional championship meet, to be held July 12-15 in Seattle.

Dakotah Keys, who just finished his freshman year at Sweet Home High School, won the state championship with a total of 6395 points. The 10 track and field events in the decathlon are scored via a system that awards points to a competitor based on how well he does in each event.

Keys, who set the school decathlon record earlier in the spring at the Sweet Home Decathlon, boosted his personal mark by more than 500 points.

Jess Keys posted a lifetime best in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, three-quarter inches. His total of 4819 “easily” moved him into the top-10 decathlon marks for Sweet Home, track coach Billy Snow said.

Dakotah Keys’ marks were: 100 – 11.4 (handheld); Long Jump – 21-4; Shot Put – 40-3½; High Jump – 5-10¾; 400 – 56.1; 110 High Hurdles – 15-7; Discus – 121-6; Pole Vault – 11-9¾; Javelin – 176-4; 1500 – 4.54.7.

Jess Keys’ marks were: 100 – 12.0; Long Jump – 17-5; Shot Put – 30-10¼; High Jump – 6-0¾; 400 – 56.4; 110 High Hurdles – 17.6; Discus – 71-7; Pole Vault – 8-10¼; Javelin – 95-2; 1500 – 4:45.5.

The top three qualifiers from the regional meet in Seattle will be eligible to advance to the national meet at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. July 24-29.

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