Nielson returns to Foot Locker Nationals
Cinco Ranch sophomore Heidi Nielson has qualified to run at the Foot Locker Nationals cross country meet for the second consecutive season. The race is scheduled for Dec. 8 at Morley Field in Balboa Park in San Diego.
Nielson finished second at the South Regional, Nov. 24 in Charlotte, N.C. The top 10 runners in each region advanced.
Nielson posted a regional time of 17 minutes, 15.7 seconds. The only runner faster was McKinney North’s London Culbreath at 17:12.9.
Seven of the top 10 runners were from Texas, with the other three national qualifiers from Florida and South Carolina. The last qualifying time was 17:27.1.
Nielson looks to continue a stellar cross country season that includes repeat District 19-6A and Region III-6A championships. She finished fourth at the UIL state meet, running a personal record 16:55.56.
The Cougars star projects to improve her Foot Locker Nationals finish from her freshman year, during which she placed 38th with a 19:43.4.