With almost a 30 second lead on her nearest competitor, Anna Sophia Keller crossed the finish line 16 minutes and 21 seconds after her start at the Illinois High School Association State Cross Country Finals on Saturday. The St. Anthony's junior harrier cemented her three-peat performance six seconds faster than her winning time 12 months earlier.
Anna Sophia Keller runs well ahead of the competition during the first lap of her race around Detweiller Park at the IHSA State Cross-Country Finals on Saturday. Keller, who finished her race at 16:21, earn her third consecutive individual champion title. Click here to see more photos from the Class 1A title race.
Meanwhile in the team competition Unity, Urbana University High School and St. Joseph-Ogden, all located within a 12 mile radius of each other, brought back heavy hardware to East Central Illinois.
In the individual competition Keller was in full command within the first 400 yards of her race. Before completing the first loop around the course she was more than 30 yards ahead of her nearest threat to winning a third consecutive IHSA title.
Behind her, trying to keep the gap as narrow as possible, Gardner-South Wilmington's Daly Galloway refused fall back with the rest of the pack chasing her another 30 seconds in distance from her heels. Galloway, who is also junior and finished second to Keller in their previous state final showdown, improved her time by two seconds clocking in at 16:50.
Trying to catch the runner ahead of her, Daly Galloway, from Gardner-South Wilmington, runs to a second place finish at the IHSA State Cross-Country Finals on Saturday. Galloway, a junior, finished the race at 16:50. See 200 more photos from this year's title races. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)
It was a day of sweet revenge for the U-High program. After standing in second place on podium to St. Joseph-Ogden in 2014, Summitt along with Annemarie Michael, who combined for 6 points, celebrated a 1-point victory over the Spartans scoring 157 to their 158.
Unity's Jordan Harmon runs her race during the IHSA State Cross-Country Finals. Harmon, a freshman, finished 8th in the team standings helping the Rockets win this year's Class 1A state title. Harmon finished 13th overall out of 208 runners with a time of 17:58. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)