Athlete Feature: Keion Grieve


Yumia Robben

Keion Greive is a junior at Capital City High School. He is an active Cross Country and Track team member specializing in the 800-meter dash. Last year, he placed first in the State for the 800. I was able to sit down with Keion and inquire about his current season.

What inspired you to start running?

My mom inspired me to start running, as she exposed me to videos of bolt running for her home country of Jamaica. This was during the 2016 Olympics.

What are your goals for the 2023 season?

“My goal for this season is to run well in the sprints, sub 11 for the 100 meter dash, sub 23 for the 200 meter dash, sub 49 for the 400 meter dash, and to break the state record for the 800.”

Throughout your career have you encountered any setbacks? How did you recover?

“I pulled my hamstring last year and the year before I had a blister on my foot that prevented me from running. I pushed through those and did physical therapy, stretched, and saw doctors to recover before competitions.”

Recently you competed at New Balance Nationals. What do you remember the most about that experience?  Has it affected the way you compete?

New Balance was a great experience, I got third in the country for juniors but overall I didn’t do too well. I didn’t have a whole lot of experience indoor, but I am very thankful for the opportunity to have had an indoor season, even if it was only two meets.”

What has been your favorite memory from cross country and/or track?

“My favorite was definitely me winning state last year in the 800 as a sophomore.”

If you could talk to the ten-year-old version of yourself, what advice would you give him?

“Just keep doing what you’re doing. Focus on school and sports, don’t get into trouble, trust God, keep your head down and be humble.”