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Grace Heymsfield
Grace Heymsfield

Grace Heymsfield

Redshirt Senior | 5-9 | Elkins, Ark. / Elkins HS


  • USTFCCCA All-Academic (2015)
  • Two-time NCAA All-Region (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Three-time All-SEC first team (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • 2010 SEC All-Freshman team
  • Represented Arkansas at the 2014 SEC Symposium

TFRRS Profile

As A Redshirt Senior (2014)
Earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors … NCAA All-Region … All-SEC first team member … Competed in six races … Earned three second-place finishes … Placed inside Arkansas’ scoring rotation in all six races she ran … Set a personal-best time in both the 5-kilometer (16:12.00) and 6-kilometer races (19:32.21) … Placed second in her season-debut race at the adidas/UCI Invitational with a 5K time of 17:18.20 … Set a personal-best in the 5K with her 16:12.00 finish at the Chile Pepper Festival (Oct. 4) to place second … Took 10th at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 17) with a 6K time of 19:56.00 … Earned All-SEC first team honors with her second-place finish at the SEC Championships, where she posted a personal-best 6K time of 19:32.21 … Earned her third-straight NCAA All-Region honor with her fourth-place finish (20:12.30) at the NCAA South Central (Nov. 14) … Ended her running career at Arkansas with a 72nd-place finish and a 6K time of 21:02.50 at the NCAA Championship (Nov. 22).

As A Redshirt Junior (2013)
Competed in six of the year’s seven meets … Named to the NCAA South Central All-Region team and All-SEC first team for the second straight year … Awarded SEC Runner of the Week honors on two separate occasions (Oct. 4 and Oct. 22) … Won the 25th Annual Chile Pepper Festival with a time of 16:55.8 on the 5K course (Oct. 5) … Scored inside the top four in all six meets … Finished third at the SEC Championships (20:11.77, 6K) to help Arkansas to its 14th SEC title … Placed ninth at the NCAA South Central Regional by running 20:41.6 on the 6K course.

As A Redshirt Sophomore (2012)
Competed in six meets … Named to the NCAA South Central All-Region team and All-SEC first team … Top-finisher at the NCAA Championships with a time of 20:25.5 to place 55th in the event … Posted her highest finish on the year at the adidas/UCI Invitational (Sept. 8) where she placed third … Never finished lower than third on her team score in every meet.

As A Sophomore (2011)

As A Freshman (2010)
Earned SEC All-Freshman honors … Finished 35th with a time of 22:04.94 (6K course) at the SEC Championships (Nov. 1) … Placed 41st at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships (Nov. 13) and finished with a season-best time of 21:40.9 in the 6K race … Completed the Chile Pepper Festival (Oct. 16) with a season-best time of 18:00.85 on a 5K course … Finished ninth in her college debut at the Arkansas Invitational (Sept. 3) by collecting a time of 14:55.4 on the 4K course.

High School
Ran her prep career at Elkins High School … Became the first female athlete in Arkansas high school history to break five minutes in the 1,600m at the 2009 Arkansas Meet of Champions running 4:59.51 … Won three straight individual cross country state titles … The 2009 Arkansas Class 3A state champion in the 1,600m with a time of 5:16.16 and finished third at the 2009 Arkansas Meet of Championships in the 3,200m (11:28.86).

Born on March 24, 1992 … Daughter of Ernest and Carol Heymsfield … Her father is an associate professor in civil engineering at Arkansas … Her brother, Christian, is a runner on the Arkansas men’s cross country team.

Meet-By-Meet Results

Date Meet Distance Overall Team Scoring Arkansas Finish Time
8/30 Hurricane XC Festival 2 Miles Did Not Compete
9/6 adidas/UCI Invite 5,000m 2nd 2 2nd 17:18.20
9/20 Southern Stampede 5,000m  Did Not Compete
10/4 Chile Pepper Festival 5,000m 2nd 2 2nd 16:12.00
10/17 Wisconsin Invite 6,000m  10th 10 2nd 19:56.00
10/31 SEC Championships 6,000m  2nd 2 2nd  19:32.21
11/14 NCAA Regional 6,000m  4th 4 2nd 20:12.30
11/22 NCAA Championships 6,000m  72nd 53 4th 21:02.50


Personal-Best Times

  • 4K: 14:55.40, Sept. 3, 2010 (Arkansas Invitational)
  • 5K: 16:12.00, Oct. 4, 2014 (Chile Pepper Festival)
  • 6K: 19:32.21, Oct. 31, 2014 (SEC Championship)

Individual Titles

  • Chile Pepper Festival (Oct. 5, 2013)