Breaking News: Long Jumper Keith Mesidor Selects the University of Notre Dame

Christopher Chavez@@Chris_J_ChavezAnalyst IIMay 3, 2011

Keith Mesidor jumping at the New Balance Armory in New York City. (Photo by Peter Cashin)
Keith Mesidor jumping at the New Balance Armory in New York City. (Photo by Peter Cashin)

As May 1st passed, high school seniors across the country anxiously prepared to make their final college decisions before National Decision Day.

One New York City student-athlete managed to keep his cool throughout the entire college admissions process.

After weighing offers from several schools, Keith Mesidor of Xavier High School of New York City has come to a conclusion in his college search and selected the University of Notre Dame.

Mesidor is one of the top long jumpers in New York State after a fourth place finish at the Indoor States Championship.

At a certain point during the indoor season, he was ranked among the top in the nation. His consistent performances have earned him multiple Most Valuable Player awards and the attention of several colleges.

Born in Haiti, Keith Mesidor immigrated to the United States at a young age and was a perfect fit in and out of the classroom.

Mesidor participated in a program for gifted students called the REACH Program from 6th to 8th grade to keep moving forward in the classroom. The transition to high school was a breeze and his success has continued as he has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Xavier.

Applying the motto of student before athlete, Mesidor looked at schools for their medical programs and then their track team.

His hopes for the future include jumping for the Haitian National team in the Olympics. He currently jumps 22 '10 and hopes to improve over the next few years to hit 26 or 27. 

On why he chose Notre Dame, Keith Mesidor said, "Over time, I have been able to meet with coaches, alumni, and students and received their thoughts about the school. I have felt the sense of community at Notre Dame. I believe I can succeed there as a student and an athlete."

Keith Mesidor joins the Fighting Irish's jumping squad and is hoping to bring another Big East Indoor Championship title to South Bend. 

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