Heller '19 returning to NCAA women's cross country championship

Grace Heller is back in the NCAA Division III women's cross country championship (Brett Hull photo).
Grace Heller is back in the NCAA Division III women's cross country championship (Brett Hull photo).

Hamilton College's Grace Heller '19 (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield HS) has been selected to participate in the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Nov. 17.

NCAA Qualifiers Release | Championships Information

The meet will be held at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin, and the women's race starts at 12:15 p.m. Eastern time (11:15 a.m. local). Winneconne is located about an hour southwest of Green Bay.

Heller also qualified as an individual for the 2017 championship. In order to be eligible to participate in the championship, teams and individuals must qualify in their respective NCAA regions. Fifty-six individuals -- the first seven student-athletes from each region who were not a part of a qualifying team -- and 32 teams were selected to participate in the championship. The top two teams automatically qualified from each of the eight regions and 16 additional teams were selected at-large.

Heller finished in 11th place out of 305 athletes with a 6-kilometer time of 23:01 at the 2018 NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Women's Cross Country Championship at Gloucester County DREAM Park in Logan Township, N.J., on Nov. 10. Heller led the Continentals to eighth place out of 44 teams at the regional meet. The top five teams from the Atlantic Region championships will compete at the national meet this Saturday.