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Richard Nelson Athlete Profile

Richard Nelson

Richard Nelson
Height: 5-10 Weight: 146 Roster Years: 2003 | 2006-2009 Hometown: Spokane, WA Last School: Shadle Park High School


Born in Colorado Springs, Colo., ... parents are Doug and Edie Nelson ... is an Eagle Scout ... served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Vina del Mar, Chile ... plays the guitar and likes playing all sports, favorite food is his mom's chicken mozzarella ... married Shara Fredrickson in Dec. 2008 ... majoring in exercise science.

Before BYU

Earned four letters in both cross counry and track at Shadle Park High School ... awarded Athlete of the Year at SPHS ... awarded All-League in cross country all four years of high school and All-State three years consecutively ... regional champion in cross country in 2002 ... league champion in the 800m and 4X4 in 2003 ... placed fifth and second at the state cross country championships in 2001 and 2002, respectively ... placed eighth in the 4X4 at the 2003 Track and Field State Championships ... placed 28th as a three-time participant in the Footlocker West Regional Championships.


Best Times
2009: Sr.
Pl. Event Time
4 BYU Autumn Classic 19:58.3
13 UC Riverside Invit. 24:26.7
15 Bill Dellinger Invit. 23:59.3
29 Pre-Nationals Invit. 24:14.7
5 MWC Championships 24:01.6
9 NCAA Mountain Regional 30:38.6
50 NCAA Championships 30:34
2008: Jr.
3 BYU Autumn Classic 21:10
8 Aztec Invit. 25:06
112 Roy Griak Invit. 26:04
35 Pre-Nationals Invit. 24:17
13 MWC Championships 25:05
20 NCAA Mountain Regional 30:14
120 NCAA Championships 31:17
2007: So.
20 BYU Autumn Classic 20:34
39 Dave Murray Invit. 19:43
2006: Redshirt
43 BYU Autumn Classic* 21:54
2003: Fr.
- BYU Alumni Invit. 20:43
7 BYU Autumn Classic 20:15
51 Roy Griak Invit. 25:14
80 Pre-Nationals Invit. 24:44
16 MWC Championships 25:49
35 NCAA Mountain Regional 32:07
* - ran unattached

2003 | Freshman Year

CC: Finished the BYU Alumni Invitational in 20:43, running unattached ... placed seventh in the BYU Autumn Classic with a time of 20:15.4 ... finished 51st in the Roy Griak 8K Invitational in 25:14 ... ran at Pre Nationals finishing 80th in 24:44 ... ran 25:49 in the MWC Championships placing 16th ... named the MWC Men's Freshman of the Year ... placed 35th in the NCAA Mountain Regionals in 32:07.8 ... competed in the NCAA National Championships, placed 187th in 32:19.9; T&F: Finished ninth in the 3,000m at Montana State with a time of 9:05.90 ... won the 3,000-meter steeple chase at the Utah State Invite.

2006 | Redshirt Year

Ran unattached at the BYU Autumn Classic with a time of 21:54.2

2007 | Sophomore Year

CC: Placed 20th at the BYU Autumn Classic with a 4-mile time of 20:34.8 ... ran at the Dave Murray Invitational, finishing in 39th place with a 6k time of 19:43.2; A team tri-captain, T&F: Ran at the Dave Murray/Willie Williams Classic in the 1,500m with a time of 3:54.32 ... ran the 3,000-meter steeple in 9:06.30 at the ASU Invitational ... was Academic All-MWC.

2008 | Junior Year

CC: Competed at the BYU Autumn Classic finishing third in 21:10.9 ... placed eighth at the Aztec Invitational with a time of 25.06 ... at pre-national's placed 35th in 24.17.4 ... at the MWC championships finished 13th with a time of 25.05 ... competed at regional's finishing 20th with a time of 30:14.1 ... placed 120th at national's with a time of 31:17; named to the Second All-MWC Team ... received All-Region honors.

2009 | Senior Year

Named to the All-MWC First Team following a fifth-place performance at the MWC Championship ... earned All-Region honors after arriving in ninth place at the NCAA Mountain Regional ... came in 50th place to lead the Cougars at the NCAA Championships with a 10K time of 30:34 ... finished in 29th place at the Pre-Nationals Invitational ... earned a 15th-place finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational ... achieved a 13th-place mark at the UC Riverside Invitational ... ran for fourth place at the BYU Autumn Classic with a four-mile time of 19:58.