Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


May 13, 2013

SH's Keller sets state record St. Anthony eighth grade girls finish fourth

PEORIA-Anna Sophia Keller is no stranger to setting records and claiming state titles, having captured the Class A seventh-grade crown in the 1600-meter run last season, and setting a state record in the process.

This weekend, Keller again won the 1600-meter title, now in the eighth-grade division. Keller's time of 5:03.80 was nearly a second better than the previous record, 5:04.91, set by Kately Bastert of Carthage in 2003. Keller's historic run in the 1600, as well as second-place finish in the 800 (2:21.29), helped lead Effingham Sacred Heart to a seventh-place showing at the state meet.The top team, however, was St. Anthony, who turned in a fourth-place finish. Kristin Slaughter captured a state championship in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet for the Illinois Class A crown. Slaughter did exactly that to her competition, winning the event by 18 inches. Not a one-trick pony, slaughter also finished fourth in the 400-meter dash, finishing with a time of 1:03.91. Andrea Pace of Clifton Nash won in 1:01.64.Jenna Woltman of St. Anthony finished second in the shot put and 31st in the discus with throws of 31 feet, 8.25 inches and 69 feet, one inch, respectively.Other area performers were Altamont's McKenzie Goldstein, Sydney Zacha and Keirdron Duckwitz. Goldstein placed 16th in the 200-meter dash (29.08), Zacha finished 33rd in the 800 (2:58.48) and Duckwitz placed second in the pole vault (8 feet) and 22nd in the long jump (13 feet 11 inches). Altamont's Audry Winters placed sixth in the pole vault and Elizabeth Biggs finished 24th in the discus (76 feet, 7 inches) to help the squad land in 20th overall.Neoga's Makenzie Hill finished 18th in the 200 meter dash (29.12), and Jaycie Roy finished 13th in the 400-meter dash (1:05.53) and 12th in the long jump (14 feet, 8.25 inches). Neoga finished 57th overall.Sigel St. Michael was led by Kacie Hotze's eighth-place finish in the high jump at 4 feet, 8 inches. Christy Hoene placed 29th in the shot put (25 feet, 8.5 inches).

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