Anna Keith Named 2020 Athena Award Winner
St. Louis Park High School senior Anna Keith has been named the school’s Athena Award winner for 2020. Keith earned a total of eight varsity letters during her high school career in four different sports including cross country, tennis, basketball and track and field.
“Participating in athletics at St. Louis Park High School was a very positive experience for me because it allowed me to form relationships and develop my grit, determination, and competitiveness all together,” Keith said. “Athletics taught me to stay optimistic when times get hard and to push yourself to the limit because in the end good things will come.”
In track and field, Keith was a team captain and a four-time Section 6AA finalist in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and the 100-meter high hurdles. She was also the 2019 Metro West Conference champion in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, helping the Orioles win the conference team title.
Keith was also a member of the 2018 girls cross country team, which won the Metro West Conference championship. In the fall of 2017, Keith had the unique experience of competing in two varsity sports – tennis and cross country – during the same season.
Keith named three coaches in particular that had a strong influence on her during her high school athletic career including Christine Tvrdik (hurdles coach), Chris Nordstrom (distance and head cross country coach), and Rich Keith (head girls track and field coach).
“Christine really helped me develop as a hurdler and taught me proper form as well as having fun with what I’m doing and helped me find my competitiveness,” Keith said. “Chris helped me increase my mental toughness by convincing me to join cross country, which allowed me to increase my threshold of pain through hard workouts and meets. Rich would always make sure I went to every practice and gave it my all. He would always make sure I was ready and prepared so I would be able to give it my all. Without the help of these three coaches, I don’t believe I would be where I am today and would never have been able to accomplish everything that I’ve done.”
Next fall, Keith plans to attend the University of Minnesota to pursue a degree in nutrition and global studies.