John Keating   Cross Country Class of 1986

John competed for the Falcons in three (3) Washington State Cross Country Championships under Coach Gene Dudley. As a freshman, his team finished 14th. As a junior, he finished 6th individually, improving to 3rd place his senior season. John set freshman, junior, and senior school records for Cross Country (5000 meters), running 17:01, 15:55, and 15:43 respectively. John was the first Hanford athlete to break 16 minutes at the 5K distance. Only two Falcons in history have broken 16 minutes for 5K (John Keating-1984, Adam Tenforde-1997), both during their junior seasons.

In 1997, John returned to Hanford, volunteering as an Assistant Cross Country Coach. Along with coaches Clay Lewis and Sean Mars, the boys team finished 16th, and Adam Tenforde finished 4th at the State Cross Country Championships.

CROSS COUNTRY – State Results

1982 - 14th place (Team) Seattle, WA - Evergreen High School
1984 - 6th place (Individual) Spokane, WA - Hangman Valley Golf Course
1985 - 3rd place (Individual) Spokane, WA - Hangman Valley Golf Course
1997 - 16th place (Team), Volunteer Assistant Coach Pasco, WA - Sun Willows Golf Course

* Former School Record Holder – Cross Country (5000 meters), 15:43

Other Varsity Sports in High School

TRACK – State Results

As a senior, John qualified for two events at the State Track Meet, finishing 10th in the 1600 meters, and running on the 1600 meter relay team. He is the former 1600 meter school record holder.

1986 - 10th place (Individual), 1600 meters Tacoma, WA
Semi-Finals, 1600 meter relay (Team)
Former School Record Holder – Track (1600 meters), 4:23

College Sports and Other Activities

As a freshman at Washington State University, John qualified for the Boston Marathon, completing the Trail’s End Marathon at Seaside, Oregon in a time of 2 hours and 53 minutes. John graduated from W.S.U., earning Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees. John and his wife Nikki currently reside in Virginia Beach, VA along with their Shi-Tzu/Yorkie dogs (Cady, Cali, and Cody).

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

- B.S. in Environmental Science, 1991
- Master of Business Administration (M.B.A), 2000

1987 - Trail’s End Marathon, Seaside, OR (2 hours, 53 minutes for 26.2 miles)