Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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September 3, 2013

Bulldog freshman Keller wins Metro-East Lutheran Invitational St. Anthony takes 8th, Neoga finishes 19th

Anna Sophia Keller was one of the IESA's greatest athletes ever, setting eight state records before moving on to high school.Not that it was a surprise, but the success has continued at the high school level. Keller ran her first cross country race Saturday at the Metro-East Lutheran Invitational as a member of the St. Anthony Bulldogs and took home first-place. Her time of 18:08.02 was easily good enough for first, besting Red Bud junior Deanna Deterding's time of 19:17.46. All in all, Keller bested 318 other runners from 34 teams overall in heat so excessive they cancelled the boys' race. The Bulldogs finished eighth overall with a team score of 270. Decatur St. Teresa won the meet with a score of 51, taking home three top-ten finishes and no scoring times worse than 19th overall. Sophomore Carson Fonner took 30th overall with a time of 22:08.03, Sara Wortman finished in 50th in 23:45.09, Elizabeth Falconburg's time of 25:22.47 was good for 83rd and Rachel Wortman clocked in in 130th in 26:58.58.Neoga also competed, taking 19th with 548 points. Madison Butler led the Indians in 81st with a time of 25:19.14. Brittany Deters took 103rd with a time of 26.12.98, Taylor Baker finished 26:45.07 for 12rd, Madeline Gibson earned 135th in 27:03.85 and Rachel Ewing was the Indians' final scoring time in 29:16.92 in 171st. St. Anthony will compete Tuesday at Olney at 4:15 p.m. with the boys making their season debut after the Saturday race was canceled. Neoga hosts Altamont at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

RESULTS1. Decatur St. Teresa 51, 2. Rochester 139, 3. Breese Mater Dei 157, 4. Carlinville 167, 5. Mt. Zion 198, 8. St. Anthony 270, 19. Neoga 548St. Anthony: Keller 18:08.02, Fonner 22:08.03, S. Wortman 23:45.09, Falconburg 25:22.47, R. Wortman 26:58.57, Spraul 36:05.50Neoga: Butler 25:19.14, Deters 26:12.98, Baker 26:45.07, Gibson 27:03.85, Ewing 29:16.92, Rich 30:36.29, Buening 31:00.81, Morrison 32:24.64, Andrews 33:50.03, Krampe 37:03.74, Burrell 38:09.01, Hakman 38:33.19, Beard 50:57.10, Banning 51:26.16Race winner: Keller (STA) 18:08.02

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