The Sun Devil cross country teams competed in the NCAA West Region Championships Saturday in Portland, Ore.
2007 Outdoor: Competed at 1,500m and 5,000m... nearly scored at the Pac-10 Championships, finishing ninth in the 1,500m run... turned in a personal-best time of 3:49.57 in the Pac-10 final... scored at the Double Dual, taking second in the 5,000m run... selected Academic All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention... 2007 Indoor: Ran in one race, clocking a time of 14:56.03 in the 5,000m run at the Husky Classic... 2006 XC: Ran in the third position for the team much of the year... took 17th place at the Pac-10 Championships before finishing 81st at the regional run... also was sixth to open the year at the Dave Murray before taking 46th at the Roy Griak and 55th at the Pre-National meet... earned a place on the Academic All-Pac-10 Second Team... 2006 Outdoor: Regionally qualified for the 5,000m run with a personal best time of 14:06.0 at the Stanford Invitational... placed third at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in the 3,000m run with a personal best mark of 8:21.65... in the classroom, was selected to the USTFCCCA All-Academic and Academic All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention teams... 2006 Indoor: Ran in two races... placed 11th at the MPSF Championships in the 3,000m run and sixth at the Arizona-California Challenge in the mile run... earned MPSF All-Academic honors... 2005 XC: Competed in five meets... finished 133rd in his first NCAA meet... took 26th at the regional race and 34th at the Pac-10 Championships... finished 36th at the Roy Griak Invitational... 207th at the Pre-National meet... selected as the team's Most Improved Male Athlete... earned Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10 honors... 2005 Track: Redshirted... 2004 XC: Competed in four races (once unattached) placing in the Top 7 on the team in each run... finished off his competitive season placing 55th at the Pac-10 Championships (26:17)... awarded team's Newcomer of the Year for the men at season banquet.
High School: A 2004 graduate of Shadow Mountain High School (Phoenix)... Arizona state champion at 1,600m in 2004 with a state meet record of 4:14.36... added another title as a member of the 4x800m team... cross country team won the state cross country crown in 2002... selected cross country all-region three times (2001, 2002, 2003) and all-state (2002, 2003)... on the track, selected to the all-region team three times (2002, 2003, 2004) and all-state twice (2002, 2004)... member of the school-record 4x800m relay team (7:58.26)... earned four letters each in cross country and track and field... added three more in soccer... captained the cross country and track and field teams as a senior.
Personal: Majoring in aerospace engineering... parents are Randy and Julie Heller... one sibling: Jenna... born Nov. 23, 1985, in Phoenix... full name is Joseph Patrick Heller... hobbies include playing the guitar and drums.
Personal Bests - 1500: 3:49.57, 3000: 8:14.68, 5000: 14:06.07
In NCAA Championship Meets
2005 XC - 10,000m Course - 31:18.30 - 133rd