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 Tennessees
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 UTs 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 programs
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.