Jasmin Keller

Hall of Fame • Class of 2014

Jasmin Keller was perhaps one of the greatest University of Tennessee track athletes in its storied history. Keller, competing for the UT from 1988 to 1991 was a 10-time All-American. Jasmin achieved most of her All-American awards in the 800 and 1500 meters, finishing second in the nation in each event as a junior and as a senior. Keller was also a member of Tennessee’s indoor national champion 3200m relay team in 1991.

At SEC championship meets, Keller won five indoor championships and four outdoor crowns. Among her titles were indoor victories in the 1000m(1989), mile (1990), and 4x800m relay (1988, 1990, 1991) as well as outdoor wins in the 800m(1990) and 1500m (1989, 1990, and 1991).

Keller held the UT school record in the outdoor 800m for 20 years (2:00:24) before it was broken in 2010, and she remains UT’s all-time 3rd fastest 800m runner in school history, as well as the 3rd fastest all-time in the 1500m (4:09:45). She also remains on the UT all-time top ten list in the indoor 1000m and 3000m, 3200m relay, and the distance medley relay.

Keller was a four-time runner-up in the Penn Relays 1500m and 800m, and had the fastest 1200m relay split in Penn Relays history.

In addition to her track success, Keller was a three-time All-SEC cross country selection and a 1990 All-American, helping the squad to the program’s second-ever SEC title in 1990 and a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships in 1989. In the classroom she was accorded SEC Academic Honor Roll status in 1990 and 1991.

As a professional, Keller competed internationally for Team Adidas and was ranked in the top ten in the U.S. in both the mile and 800m for five consecutive years. She was a member of the U.S. team at the 1992 World Indoor Championships for the 1500m and won a bronze at the World University Games in the 800m.

Keller qualified and competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, and 1996; in 1992 she was a finalist in both the 800m and the 1500m, and in 1996 she was a semi-finalist in the 1500m.

After her collegiate career Keller continued her excellence in road racing for the next 22 years, setting 19 single-age Tennessee state running records in all distances ranging from the mile to the 15k. Most impressive is her state record in the one mile road race: 4:38. She has literally won or placed high in hundreds of KTC and local road races in Tennessee.

Between 1997 and 2000 Keller won every Knoxville road race she competed in for women, sometimes finishing alongside the top 5 men. She has the record for the most Expo 10k wins for women.

Jasmin Keller is in the Lady Vols Hall of Fame and was elected into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.