Sewell's next stop: Fort Hays State

By Steve Sell
February 11, 2014
Arlene Sawatzky

The sky is the limit for McPherson High senior Keshawn Sewell.

Sewell hopes to touch the sky at Fort Hays State, as Tuesday he signed a track and field letter of intent to continue his career for the Tigers.

Sewell has qualified for state each of the last two years. As a junior, he was second in the state in the triple jump after placing third as a sophomore. He also was third in the state long jump his sophomore year.

Sewell’s career bests are 45-11 3/4 in the triple jump and 21-6 in the long jump.

He also has played basketball for the Bullpups and was just coming into his own this season when he suffered a broken leg over the Christmas break. He is now out of his cast and will be in a walking boot for about a month. He should, however, be ready to go for the upcoming track and field season.

Sewell is excited about continuing his career with Fort Hays State.

“Once I met the coaches I felt like we really clicked right away,” Sewell said. “The campus was great and I loved the town of Hays. Once I got the injured, they (the Fort Hays coaches) really gave me a lot of confidence that I’ll step in and really help their program out. I’m going for an education first, then being able to compete athletically.”

Sewell is stoked about the upcoming season as he has set his sights high and doesn’t think the injury will deter him.

“Before the season, I set my goal to be 48 feet in the triple jump and 22 in (the) long (jump),” he said. “The leg is broken, but I still think it’s something I can achieve. My goals are still the same. I’m going to train as hard as I can once I’m completely cleared. The worst thing that could happen is to go back too early and then re-injure something.”

Sewell said the Fort Hays program, “is really growing. The coach is a very good guy and they have a national champion who is also an assistant coach there, so the guys are really educated and I think they’ll do a lot of good things for me.”

MHS track and field coach Jace Pavlovich, who was instrumental in Sewell’s recruiting, believes Fort Hays State is getting a top-notch performer, which excites him since he’s a former Tiger athletic star himself.

“This is a great sign for Fort Hays and it’s a great sign for Keshawn also,” Pavlovich said. “I think it’s going to be a good fit. He was getting some looks from Division I schools until they learned he had a broken fibula, which is really not that big of a deal. He’s going to heal and he’s going to be just fine. The way he works, Fort Hays — they got a steal off of this one.”

Pavlovich is expecting huge success from Sewell this year.

“Triple (jump) right now is his best event,” he said. “And that’s unfortunate because that’s the most pounding on a kid’s leg. However long jump — he is very capable… And we’re also looking at him this year in javelin and possibly discus as powerful as he is. And we’re not throwing out the possibility of him carrying a baton in the 4 x 1 (100 relay) also later in the season. I have no doubt he’s going to get to full potential wherever that is because he’s a hard worker and great kid.”

Sewell is going to major in management information systems.