Photo by John Herndon
Alorra Sims (left) and Charlene Peyton Smith are all smiles as they talk at the Anderson County High School track after Sims topped Smith’s school long jump record that had stood for 50 years.

They are separated by 50 years, but the unseen bond is so strong. Raised in different generations, yet they seem so much alike.

It all centers on 16 feet, 11 inches.

That’s how long Charlene Peyton jumped when she was running track for Anderson High School back in 1965. It was the best in the state that year and for a time after that.