Heller '19 is NESCAC women's cross country performer of the week

Grace Heller '19 is the NESCAC Women's Cross Country Performer of the Week for Oct. 1 (Jerry Tang '21 photo).
Grace Heller '19 is the NESCAC Women's Cross Country Performer of the Week for Oct. 1 (Jerry Tang '21 photo).

Hamilton College's Grace Heller '19 (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield HS) was selected the NESCAC Women's Cross Country Performer of the Week on Monday, Oct. 1.

Heller posted a personal-record time of 17:52.8 and finished third out of 192 runners on the 5-kilometer course at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's 2018 Saratoga Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 29. Heller ended up just 2.8 seconds behind the race winner. She competed in the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

The Continentals finished in fifth place out of 16 teams at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. All four teams that finished ahead of Hamilton were nationally ranked. Hamilton is ranked seventh in the Division III Atlantic Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Hamilton hosts its own annual invitational on Saturday, Oct. 6 as racing gets underway at 11 a.m.