Greshams Bob Hewitt wins a pair of indoor multi-event national titles in masters track

Gresham’s Bob Hewitt saw his record broken at the 2014 Master’s Track indoor heptathlon championships last month — and it brought a smile to his face.

Hewitt, 81, bettered his own total in the event by more than 100 points, finishing with a 6,153 tally at the meet in Kenosha, Wisc.

He was well on pace for the record with a solid first-day total of 3,701, which was highlighted by an age-group world record in the long jump of 13-feet-5-inches to account 1,092 of his points. He broke the 900-point barrier in three other events — the 60-meter dash, pole vault and 60-meter hurdles.

“Anytime you enter a new age group you want to do your best, while you’re still at the young end of the mix,” Hewitt said. “I’ve aged better than most, I just hope I can keep going — it’s fun.”

Hewitt followed up that effort a couple weeks later with a winning total at the U.S. pentathlon championships in Boston.

View our expanded story in the Tuesday, April 1, print edition.

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