|O'Hara using his St. Ignatius honed skills winning the|
USTFF Nationals in Chicago in 1963.
A handful of Sports Illustrated writers provided extensive coverage of track and the Chicagoan, even before the lyrical prose of runner-writer Kenny Moore. Their stories about O’Hara were headlined, Running Is Such Sweet Torture, Now If O’Hara Really Tries and, And Now There Are Two, after Jim Beatty moved up to the two-mile when O’Hara beat his one-mile record.
|Jack and Coach Ed Ernst, after Jack forgot to wear his number.|
"Jack Keelan passes Alex Riba of O'Fallon to win the Illinois 3 A 3200 state championship race, running 8:5761 for the win. Keelan and Riba had battled for the Illinois 3 A state cross country championship the previous fall. Riba went on to run at Texas A&M."
Senior year Keelan’s performance in the large school 3A cross country meet was the tenth fastest in Illinois history. At the Nike Cross Country Nationals, against many of the nation’s finest individuals and teams he finished 26th. In addition to the cross country title, in the spring he won the Illinois 1600- and 3200-meter races. Packaged together it was the distance Triple Crown. With times, titles and academic achievement at elite levels, he was on his way to compete for one of the nation’s top running programs, Stanford University.
Comment from John Bork Jr.
From Bruce Kritzler: