Senior Spotlight: East Jordan Alum Keane Closes Out Running Career at U of M

MISportsNow is putting the spotlight on northern Michigan high school senior student-athletes who had their seasons cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

East Jordan native Kayla Keane recently completed her collegiate running career at the University of Michigan but missed out on her senior outdoor track and field season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Keane was a part of multiple Big Ten Conference championships as a member of Michigan’s indoor/outdoor track and field and cross country programs.

Kayla Keane 2With another year of eligibility being granted to spring sports student-athletes by the NCAA, Keane was offered the option to return next school year but declined.

As part of Michigan’s student-athlete graduation celebration, held annually the day prior to spring commencement, Keane prepared and delivered a speech to more than 170 fellow student-athletes. The virtual celebration also featured speeches from Michigan’s director of athletics, Ward Manuel, and keynote speaker Tracy Wolfson, a Michigan graduate and CBS Sports reporter.

“Some of my teammates are coming back because they were offered a sixth year,” Keane said. “If that’s something I wanted to do, I could come back. I’d have to find a program at Michigan to do that, but I’m not planning on returning. I do want to keep running. A marathon is in my future for sure.”

Keane’s next step is medical school as she pursues a career as a doctor.

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Categories: Cross Country, Track & Field