Grace Watkins

Grace Watkins

YR. Sr.
HOMETOWN Hanover Park, Ill.
HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL) Hoffman Estates

2012 (Cross country): Competed in six races for Valpo...recorded her best 5K time at the Horizon League Championships (20:55).

2011 (Cross country): Ran in five races for the Crusaders as a sophomore ... contributed to Valpo team score for first time in her career at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, covering the 6K course in 26:37.4.

2011 (Track and Field): Competed in distance during the indoor season … performed in the distance during the outdoor season … finished with a time of 11:10.26 in the 3,000 meter run during the indoor season … recorded a time of 20:01.60 in the 5,000 meter run in indoor competition … ran a time of 12:08.28 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Purdue Dan Rankin Invitational during outdoor competition … finished with a time of 5:02.89 in the 1,500 meter run in the indoor season … posted a time of 19:29.66 in the 5,000 meter run.

2010 (Cross Country): Ran in all six races for the Crusaders as a freshman … debuted at Crusader Open with 45th-place finish … cut over three minutes off her 5K time over the course of the season from her debut … ran a season-best 5K time of 21:06.83 at the Evansville Invitational … sliced over two minutes off her 6K time from first 6K of the year to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional … one of seven Crusaders to represent Valpo at the NCAA regional meet.

Prep: A two-year letterwinner in cross country … qualified for state meet in each of her two seasons … earned two letters in track and field … member of conference champion squad in 2010 and sectional champions in 2009 and 2010 … finished eighth at conference meet in 800m run … a member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Grace is the daughter of Patrick and Megan Watkins … major is nursing … born August 9, 1992.