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Gray Matters: Record breakers

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I haven't done any serious research on the matter, but I expect high school sports records come and go at varying rates over the years. Still, I do believe that one standing for a whole generation is something of a rarity.

That situation just occurred here in Marcus. The record for the Discus Throw was set at 141'3" in 1978 by Kenneth Meylor and it stood until it was broken by MMC senior, Alex Roseen, on April 20, 2009, at the Knight Relays in Orange City, with a toss of 145'3".

The bad news was that a West Lyon thrower surpassed that mark by a few inches, so though he broke the school record, Roseen did not win the meet title. The good news is that the bar for the discus event has been set a bit higher on the MMC gym wall. Of additional interest, is the fact that record-setter, Alex Roseen, is the son of Doug and Linda Lehnoff Roseen, and that Linda Lehnoff was a 1978 classmate of Kenny Meylor.

Young Roseen has participated in both track and football for four years. He plays trumpet in band and jazz band, and has been asked to sound Taps for various services. He is a member of both the Student Council and Leadership Team as well as National Honor Society. To put a true "crown" on all of this, he was elected 2009 Homecoming King this past fall.

This year's graduating class has thirty-four members while the class in which his mother and Kenneth Meylor graduated, a generation ago, was twice that size. Meylor was involved in all sports, but I am not aware of his activity record beyond that. However, due to the size of the Class of 1978, I expect the distribution of honors was not quite so concentrated.

Carpentry is one interest which the two record breakers might have in common. Meylor is engaged in the building trades in the Sioux Falls area and, when time allows, Roseen has been working with his dad, one of our county's most respected builders. Throwing the discus is probably good training for wielding a hammer!

Kenneth and his siblings returned to their hometown a few weeks ago for their mother's funeral. Irene Meylor had succumbed after a long courageous battle with lymphoma. While speaking with the family at the visitation, I was re-introduced to Kenneth whom I hadn't seen in many years. Realizing who he was, I asked if he had heard that his long-standing record had been broken. As he hadn't, I then told him about it. Hearing this, some of his siblings immediately insisted that a picture of the two record breakers should be taken. Meylor demurred, but when his father, Gerald, who was standing nearby, heard the suggestion, he was adamant. He definitely wanted a photograph of his son "with that beard shaved off." I hadn't realized that the clean-cut son with whom I was speaking had taken some extra measures out of respect for his mom.

I'm told that, due to scheduling conflicts, that photo was not taken. But even without the picture, I wanted you to have this story which I think is certain proof that dads will be dads, and sons will be sons, whether they are record holders or just ordinary guys! Too, I wanted to remind you that a generation-standing discus record has been replaced at the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School!