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St. Anthony’s Anna Sophia Keller Becomes Third XC Runner In State History To Four-Peat

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St. Anthony High School (Effingham) senior Anna Sophia Keller (338 above) made history at the 2016 IHSA Cross Country State Finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

The senior crossed the finish line first in the Class 1A Girls State Final race, completing her legendary career with four individual state championships.

Keller became the third runner in state history to complete the four-peat feat, joining NFHS Hall of Famer Dana Miroballi of Wheeling (Single Class, 1984-87) and Carthage High School’s (now Illini West) Katelyn Bastert, who won the Class A race from 2004-07.

Below are Keller’s performances and medal pics throughout the years:
 Year
 School Class    IHSA Class
 Time  
 Place
 2013  Freshman  Class 1A
 16:35  1st
 2014  Sophomore  Class 1A
 16:27  1st
 2015  Junior
 Class 1A
 16:21  1st
 2016
 Senior  Class 1A
 16:32  1st