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Spartan Spotlight with senior Danie Kelso

Danie Kelso

Clubs & Activities
Track and Field (4 years)
Cross Country (1 year)
Bible Club

St. Joseph

One older and one younger sister

Reading and running

Favorite SJO memories:
She said her greatest memories at SJO centers around track and field. During her freshman year, her 4 X 400 M relay advanced to State, which was an unbelievable moment for her. During her junior year, her 4 X 200 M relay placed first at IHSA State Track & Field Finals, which was incredible, she added.

Favorite classes:
U.S. History and Anatomy and Physiology

Favorite teachers:
Mrs. Stierwalt at St. Joseph Grade School, Mr. Risley at St. Joseph Middle School, and Mrs. Stacey Kietzman and Mr. Marshall Schacht at SJO.

Millikin University majoring in nursing

Collegiate Sport:
She will join the Big Blue NCAA Div. III track & field program this fall

Advice to future SJO students:
Do not take anything for granted.

Track & Field Career Bests

60 Meter Dash8.71
100 Meter Dash13.82
200 Meter Dash29.45
400 Meter Dash1:04.9
800 Meter Run2:41.45
2 Mile18:17.0
3 Mile23:44.0
4X200 Relay1:47.35
4X400 Relay4:32.12

Danie Kelso and SJO sprinters rise to the top of the podium in 2019

Above: Kelso, with Spartan teammates Atleigh Hamilton, Hailey Birt and Maclayne Taylor pose for photos at the top of the Class 1A podium after winning the title race at the 2019 Illinois High School Association Track & Field State Finals on Saturday, May 18, in Charleston. The program finish the state meet in a two-way tie for third with St. Teresa.

Below: Kelso fires out of the blocks in her relay squad's 4x200 prelim at the 2019 state track meet. Along with fellow junior Hailey Birt, sophomore Atleigh Hamilton and senior Maclayne Taylor the Spartans dominated their heat with 1:45.07 finish to qualify for Saturday's finals. (Photos: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Danie Kelso fires out of the blocks at state track

Text provided by St. Joseph-Ogden High School.

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