Freshman Friday - Anna Keeley

The Kansas State cross country team started its season two weeks ago as the team competed at the Augustana Twilight in South Dakota. The meet was also an opportunity for newcomers to compete for the first time in the K-State uniform. Among them was a freshman Anna Keeley. To attend college, Anna didn’t have to change her environment because she grew up in Manhattan. When she was two years old, Anna’s father got a job offer at Kansas State University’s Department of Horticulture. Anna is not the only K-Stater in her family as three of her older siblings also went to K-State. 

To continue your family tradition, was it always your desire to go to K-State?
I used to say I was going to go somewhere else because all three of my older siblings have gone here. I really love it here, I love Manhattan and I love K-State. When I was young, I didn’t go to a lot of football and basketball games but we always watched them on TV and I was always a K-State fan.

When did you start doing track and field?
I started running my sophomore year of high school. My senior year was when I started competing and I went to Manhattan High School to do cross country and track. Up until my senior year I played volleyball. I was ready for something new and cross country was just an new adventure.

How difficult was your adaptation to collegiate level of training and competing?
It was a step up. I really like the team and Coach Godfrey. It has been a challenge and adventure too, but I really enjoy it We practice at 6 a.m. and I like to get up early so I like practicing in the morning.

What are your impressions after your first race as a Wildcat?
It was a blast and I really enjoyed it. I was a really neat meet because it was in the dark with glow sticks. We also went to Sioux Falls after the meet. It was a good time to get to know some of the other girls from the team better and just to hang out with everyone. 

What do you like more: cross country or track and field?
I like cross country because every course is different and it is always a new one. I just like the whole culture of cross country. I always really enjoyed it

Do you have any hobbies outside of track and field and school?
In high school I played violin and piano, so I like music. I also like to read. I live by the lake, so I just enjoy being outside with my family, camping or hiking. 

What are you majoring in?
I am studying dietetics. I am not sure what I want to do with that yet. I was thinking about going into Pre-Optometry. 

What are some goals that you would like to achieve while you are a collegiate athlete?
I am very thankful for the opportunity to run. I know God put me here for a reason that is bigger than running so I am really excited to see just where he is going to take me. I just really want to contribute to the team and I am very excited to be a part of it.

The cross country team will compete in the Woody Greeno Invitational on Saturday morning in Lincoln, Nebraska. The race will begin at 10 a.m. Read the race preview here.