Keller will bring her talents to the University of Mary in Bismarck, signing her letter of intent on Wednesday, April 18 from the DHS Gym.
"It's a smaller college, it's not too big, but it's not too small and that's kind of what I wanted to go for," she said. "It's always been my goal since eighth grade to run Division II. I kind of narrowed my choices to the Division II schools that were offering me and I just like how nice everybody was there. Everybody was so kind, they're so friendly. I liked how they treated each other there and even though it is a religious college, they don't push things on other religions so they are welcoming to everybody. I just felt like that is where I belong."
The DHS senior received interest from Dickinson State as well as Concordia University in Oregon. Keller said she struggled with her decision and really appreciated her encounters with the coaches of the contending schools, but following her official visit to UM earlier this month, she was convinced of where she was headed.
"I decided that day that's where I wanted to go," she said. "I was really excited to tour just because I've heard so many great things about it from everybody, I didn't hear one negative thing. I was kind of holding them up to high standards, and they meet all of them and went above."
Keller started her senior campaign with a pair long jump victories in meets held at Williston High School on March 22 and March 29.
She is also coming off of a season where she competed in four different events during the Class A state meet. Performing her best in the 800-meter relay, Keller was a part of a team that earned third place.
Last season is when she realized competing at the next level could be a possibility.
"I kind of felt that way probably my junior year when I saw a lot of improvement in myself and got really determined to make it happen," Keller said. "More coaches from other places started talking to me about it."
While her junior season has proven to be the most vital, Midgets girls track and field head coach Greg Jung notes her versatility as her most important asset to the team and moving forward.
"She's so versatile. We've used her in so many different places; basically just about every relay, she excels in the open events and she's great in the jumps," Jung said. "Probably if we spread her even thinner, she'd be pretty good at some other things too. She's a really special athlete and the University of Mary is going to be really lucky to have her.
"It'll be interesting to see what she kind of points to at the next level because she's really strong in a lot of things and what they'll do with her will be fun to see."
Keller anticipates she'll compete in the long jump, 400-meter dash and the 1600 relay. She also says she will study and enter the school's Pre-Chiropractic program.
Keller signed her letter of intent before practice as her current teammates gather to witness the moment and gave her a round of applause afterward. She credited her teammates for pushing her to improve and named a pair of former teammates who influential in her growth.
"I've had a lot of great teammates that have inspired me to become a lot better," Keller said. "Megan Erickson and Macy Mack, they were always those kids I looked up to and I wanted to be just like because they're so amazing and just great people. They both went to college to run and I wanted to be like them, they helped me a lot."
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