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Paynesville's Keller wins third UMAC championship

MANKATO -- Minnesota Morris women's cross country runner Linda Keller won her third individual Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championship in as many tries on Saturday, leading the Cougars to a second-place finish in Mankato.

Keller, a junior from Paynesville, beat her closest competitor at Minneopa Golf Course by over a minute-and-a-half, finishing in 22:04.7, dropping over 15 seconds off her time from the same course just three weeks ago.

She led the Cougars to a runner-up finish for the third straight year. UMM finished with 67 points behind champion St. Scholastica, which finished with 30.

Keller led a trio of Cougars in the top-15

The Cougars will run at the Fall Finale in St. Joseph, Minn., next week, in preparation for the NCAA Regional meet in Waverly, Iowa on Nov. 12.

Keller finished third at the regional last season before earning All-America honors at the NCAA Championships.