INDIANAPOLIS — University of California San Diego senior Ella Verhees (San Diego/Point Loma HS) has qualified for the NCAA Division II cross country Championships as an at-large selection, the NCAA announced on Monday.
The national meet will be held on Nov. 18 at Angel Mounds in Evansville, Ind.
Verhees finished ninth overall at Saturday’s NCAA Division II West Regional in Monmouth Ore., en route to earning All-West Region honors. The senior crossed the finish line of the 6K race in 21-minutes, 30.4-seconds, lifting the Tritons to an 11th-place team finish.
It was the first top-10 individual regional finish for the Tritons women's team since Chia Chang in 2011, and the first UC San Diego woman to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Bre Schofield in 2008.
Verhees is one of 25 individual at-large qualifiers nationally, and one of five in the West Region. Six teams qualified for the national meet out of the West, the most of any region in the nation.
A 2017 All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) performer, Verhees placed 11th overall at the CCAA Championships (21:38.6) on Oct. 21.
The San Diego native finished first among all Tritons in six-consecutive meets to end the season, and was named CCAA Runner of the Week on Oct. 9 after placing first among all collegiate runners at the 25th annual Triton Classic.