Women's cross country places 8th at NCAA regional meet

Andy Uribe '19 was the second Hamilton women's runner across the finish line with a career-best time of 23:44.8 on the 6-kilometer regional championship course (Larry Levanti photo).
Andy Uribe '19 was the second Hamilton women's runner across the finish line with a career-best time of 23:44.8 on the 6-kilometer regional championship course (Larry Levanti photo).

Hamilton College's Grace Heller '19 led the Continentals to eighth place out of 44 teams at the 2018 NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Women's Cross Country Championship at Gloucester County DREAM Park in Logan Township, N.J., on Saturday morning.

Heller finished in 11th place out of 305 athletes with a 6-kilometer time of 23:01. Elise Ramirez of SUNY Geneseo was the race winner in 21:50.5. Heller's performance put her in excellent position to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Division III championship for the second year in a row. The entire field for next Saturday's championship will be announced Sunday afternoon.

Andy Uribe '19 was next for Hamilton in 40th place with a personal-record time of 23:44.8. Brigit Humphreys '21 landed in 60th place with a time of 24:12.6, Liza Greene '22 ended up 72nd in 24:25.2 and Mia Schiel '22 was close behind in 76th place and a time of 24:27.3. Haley Driscoll '21 crossed the finish line in 92nd place with a time of 24:48.

The Continentals -- No. 8 in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Atlantic Regional rankings -- registered 259 team points. Nationally ranked No. 3 SUNY Geneseo captured the regional team title with 28 points and No. 21 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (89 points) was a distant second. No. 18 St. Lawrence University took third place (128), No. 31 The College of New Jersey was fourth (160), No. 16 University of Rochester was fifth (163), and No. 34 Vassar College was just ahead of Hamilton in seventh place (200).