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Rich Nelson Athlete Profile

Rich Nelson

Rich Nelson
Position: Distance Height: 5-10 Weight: 138 Roster Years: 2004 | 2007-2010 Hometown: Spokane, WA


  • 2009 USTFCCCA 3,000-meter Steeplechase (Outdoor)
  • 2010 USTFCCCA 3,000-meter Steeplechase (Outdoor)


Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado ... parents are Doug and Edie ... is an Eagle Scout ... served in the Chile Vina del Mar Mission (2005-06) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ... plays the guitar and likes playing all sports ... favorite food is his mom's chicken mozzarella ... married to Shara Lynn ... majoring in exercise science

Before BYU

Prepped at Shadle Park High ... awarded Athlete of the Year ... 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 5th and 2nd at the state cross country championships in 2001 and 2002, respectively ... placed 8th in the 4X4 at the 2003 Track and Field State Championships ... placed 28th as a three-time participant in the Footlocker West Regional Championships


Academic All-MWC (2008)
Outdoor - All-American (3000m Steeplechase 2009)
NCAA Nationals (3000m Steeplechase 2009, 2010)
NCAA Regional (3000m Steeplechase 2008, 3000m Steeplechase 2009. 3000m Steeplechase 2010)
MWC All-Conference (3000m Steeplechase 2008, 3000m Steeplechase 2009, 3000m Steeplechase 2010)
MWC Champion (3000m Steeplechase 2010)
MWC Championship Team (2008, 2009, 2010)


BEST TIMES: 3-mile - 15:07, 5k - 15:30, 800m - 1:56, 1600m - 4:17, 3200m - 9:25

2004 | Freshman Year

Finished ninth in the 3000m at Montana State with a time of 9:05.90 ... won the 3000m steeplechase at the Utah State Invite

2007 | Redshirt Year

Redshirted the season

2008 | Sophomore Year

A team tri-captain ... Ran at the Dave Murray/Willie Williams Classic in the 1500m with a time of 3:54.32 ... ran the 3000m steeple in 9:06.30 at the ASU Invitational ... ran the 3000m steeple in 9:06 at the Stanford Invitational ... ran the 3000m steeple in 8:58.07 at the Mt. Sac Invitational ... placed third in the 3000m steeple in the MWC Championships in 9:04.32 ... named All-MWC in 3000m steeplechase ... placed 8th at the NCAA West Regional in 8:53.48 ... named All-West Region in the 3000m steeple ... was Academic All-MWC ... named Most Inspirational for the 2008 Track team ... named Most Improved for Track events 2008

2009 | Junior Year

Indoor - Ran the mile at two meets ... ran an 8:20.87 at the Husky Classic in the 3000m
Outdoor - Competed at the NCAA Nationals in the 3000m, taking 3rd with a time of 8:50.08 ... took first at the West Regionals with a 8:47.98 in the 3000m ... was second at the MWC Championships in the 3000m at 9:18.72 ... Had an 8:52.98 at the Mt. Sacs Relay in the 3000m ... took second in the 3000m with a time of 9:09.93 at Arizona State ... ran a 8:50.75 in the 3000m at the Stanford Invitational

2010 | Senior Year

Indoor: Competed at the MWC Championships in the 3000m with a time of 8:39.47 ... Ran the mile at the New Balance Invitational in 4:16.51
Outdoor: Finished eighth at the NCAA Championships in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 8:45.63 ... Took first at the NCAA West Regional Prelims in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 8:44.39 ... Won the 3000m steeplechase (9:14.32) at the MWC Championships ... Took fourth at the Mt. Sac Relays in the 3000m steeplechase (8:43.27) ... Won the 3000m steeplechase at the Spring Break Classic with a time of 8:56.65