This is the kind of story we absolutely love. And the kind of story that is unique to track and field.
Keion Oglesby ran track at Timber Creek, but he wasn’t one of the celebrated stars during his days at the Erial high school. In fact, he never won a sectional, county or conference title in high school and only placed at sectionals once — he was second in the high jump at the 2017 outdoor Group 3 meet with a modest 6-0 clearance.
Oglesby had high school PRs of 6-0 in the high jump, 20-2 1/2 in the long jump and 23.03 in the 200.
He never even ran it.
He does now, though.
Oglesby is now a sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson, and he ran a PR 48.52 in the 400 Saturday at the Rider 5-Way Meet in Lawrenceville, placing a close second to Rider senior Russell Malko. The Hunterdon Central graduate ran 48.36.
What a story!
Oglesby made an immediate breakthrough when he arrived in Teaneck in the winter of 2018 but it was only in the long jump. He increased his PR to 22-1 3/4 — two feet farther than he jumped in high school — and placed fifth in the Northeast Conference Championships.
He didn’t run his first lifetime 400 until last spring, but after a 50.01 in a meet at Rider in his first career one-lapper, he ran 49.60 in a meet at Duke and then 49.07 in the trials of the conference championships and 49.09 for second in the IC4A’s.
This past winter, he ran his first two sub-49’s, including a personal-best 48.66 for third in the NEC Indoor Championships six weeks ago at Ocean Breeze.
So far this spring? He’s long jumped once and hit an outdoor PR of 21-3 1/4 at a meet in Rock Hill, S.C., and has raced the one 400 this past weekend, lowering his PR once again.
Oglesby now ranks No. 2 in the NEC this spring, behind only Braylon Wilkerson of LIU Brooklyn, who clocked 47.18 at the Florida Relays this past weekend. Oglesby is also No. 9 in the conference in the 200 with another big breakthrough of 22.21, also from Winthrop. And his 21-3 1/4 ranks No. 6 in the NEC.
While a lot of the runners and jumpers who routinely beat Oglesby in high school are now out of the sport, Oglesby is enjoying tremendous success. It’s incredible what persistence and hard work can accomplish.