Westwood's Etelamaki earns second berth at D-2 Cross Country Nationals

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BIG RAPIDS, Mi. For the second consecutive year, Ferris State University women's cross country runner Katie Etelamaki (Ishpeming/Westwood) has been selected to compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships.

A senior, Etelamaki was among six individual qualifiers for the national championships from the Midwest Region and will race at the national meet on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Sacramento, Calif.

The NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Cross Country Committee announced the participants for the 2019 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships. In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals had to qualify in their respective NCAA regional competitions that were held this past weekend.

Thirty-four teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top three, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the eight regions, for a total of 24 teams. Ten additional teams were selected at-large. A minimum of 24 additional individuals were selected to participate in each championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process.

The championships will be held Nov. 23 in Sacramento, California, at Arcade Creek Cross Country Course (at Haggin Oaks). California State University, Sacramento and the Sacramento Sports Commission will serve as hosts. The women's race will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern, followed by the men's race at 2:15 p.m. Eastern.

A live web stream of the championships will occur on FloTrack from 1 p.m. Eastern time until the conclusion of the awards ceremony on Saturday, November 23.

This past weekend, on Saturday (Nov. 9), Etelamaki earned all-region recognition with an 11th-place individual finish in a time of 21:18.8 in the D2 Midwest Regional Championships on the 6K course at Angel Mounds in Evansville, Ind.

Last year, Etelamaki earned All-America accolades as she placed 16th overall in the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championships held in Pittsburgh.