About Alane Keefer
Keefer enjoyed an outstanding career in cross country and track & field. A 1982 graduate of Northwestern High School, she placed third in the state championships in cross country as a junior and seventh as a senior. She was the county and district champion in 1980 and ‘81, and set meet records both years in both events. In track & field, in 1982 she won the state championship in the 3200-meters, and also won the 3200-meters in the district championships, setting a record of 10:57.1 that lasted for 26 years. In 1981 she won the 3200 in both the county and district championships with record times and went on to finish third at the state championships. She added second place finishes at the county and district championships in the 1600-meters. In 1980 Keefer captured sixth place at the state championships in the 3200 after finishing second in the districts. She added a second place showing in the 2-mile run and third in the 1-mile run at the county championships. As a freshman she placed second in the 2-mile run at the county meet. She continued her running career at Ashland College, where she was a four-time All-American in cross country and added a fifth All-American certificate in track & field in the 10,000 meter run. She was the first female athlete at Ashland to compete in the National Championships in two different sports in the same year. In cross country, she was the regional championship runner-up twice, and finished in the top five all four years. She was the GLVC Championships individual champion twice, with record times both years. She led her 1982 cross country team to compete in the national cross country championships. This was the first time an all-freshman team would compete in cross country nationals. The Ashland team would compete four consecutive years in the national race. In track & field, she earned All-American honors in the 10,000-meter as a freshman with a fifth place finish. She would fall one spot shy of All-American status in the 10,000 as a junior, placing seventh. She placed 15th and 13th in the 5,000-meter run at Nationals as a freshman and junior. She is a member of the Ashland Athletic Hall of Fame.