Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
Keshara Romain is a Saint Martin’s Women’s Track and Field superstar, that is coming off an incredible year that saw a collection of numerous accolades for the local product of Lacey, Wash. In her first year at Saint Martin’s, Romain was a Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) athlete of the week, achieved a personal best in the 200m, placed first in the Triple Jump at the Jackson Open, fourth in the Triple Jump, fifth in the Long Jump at the GNAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, won the Long Jump at the Ed Boitano Invitational, second in the Long Jump and Triple Jump at the Doris Heritage Track Festival, won the Long Jump and Triple Jump at the Westsern Washington University (WWU) Team Invitational, second in the 4x100m at the WWU Team Invitational, won the Triple Jump at the WWU Ralph Vernacchia Invitational, placed second in the Triple Jump at the GNAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and placed fourteenth in the Triple Jump at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Romain ended the year as the 2019 GNAC Freshman of the Year and was awarded 2019 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Indoor and Outdoor All-Region Team selections, as well.
Before the Indoor Track Season began, Scott Carter was hired onto the Saint Martin’s Track and Field coaching staff, and became the coach that Romain works with during practice. According to SMU Athletics, Coach Carter carries years of track and field experience. He was a collegiate All-American for the Triple Jump at the University of Wyoming, and went on to found Pope John Paul II High School’s track program in 2018.
In the opening meeting of the 2019-2020 indoor track and field season, Romain broke yet another record in the long jump. According to reports by SMU Athletics, “Romain posted a 5.65m jump on her opening jump, to reach the finals. On her opening jump in the finals, Romain shattered her school record, posting a mark of 18-feet, 10.75-inches, which was also an NCAA provisional mark. She proceeded to follow it up with another record breaking act. In the triple jump, Romain eclipsed her own school record on the third attempt, posting 41-feet, 6-inches. The mark was good for an automatic qualifying spot, as well as placing her second best in GNAC history in the event, and is currently the top mark in the NCAA Division-II.”
Speaking on her most recent record-breaking performance, Romain said: “I thought the Jackson invite went very well not only for me, but for some of my teammates, too! Going back to Jackson and setting another [personal record] of mine was great! It was a very enjoyable experience for me to have yet again. I have so much to prove, lots of different things that need improvement, and I know I have lots of potential because Coach is very patient with me and is always there to remind me of my talent. Because of his dynamic of coaching and knowing how to keep me healthy, I don’t think I would’ve been able to get that jump at my first meet. So I really have to thank him for that. I just can’t wait to have another opportunity at GNAC and Nationals with an amazing coach by my side.”