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Nicole Nielsen Athlete Profile

Nicole Nielsen

Position: Distance Height: 5-3 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2010-2014 Hometown: Boise, ID Last School: Borah High School


  • Born in Seattle, Washington
  • Parents are David and Sheri Nielsen
  • Older brother, Jared, ran cross country at Southern Virginia University
  • A Rotary and Presidential scholar
  • Enjoys playing the piano, singing, reading, being with friends and family, and fly fishing

Before BYU

  • Lettered four years in track and cross country at Borah HS in Boise, Idaho
  • Named the school's 2007 and 2008 Most Valuable Female Cross Country athlete
  • Two-time runner up in the cross country state championships in 2006 and 2007
  • Idaho State Gatorade Girls Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2008
  • 2006 Jr. Olympic cross country All-American
  • Footlocker and Nike Cross national finalist
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • 5A District III cross country champion in 2007
  • Puma Invitational Girls Elite champion in 2007
  • 1600 and 3200m champion in 5A District III and state champion
  • Idaho State Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2006 and 2007


  • Indoor: All-MWC (5000m 2010)
  • 2013 USTFCCCA Track and Field All-Academic
  • 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Indoor Track All-Academic 
  • 2014 USTFCCCA Track and Field All-Academic


PERSONAL BESTS: 3,000m- 10:41.29; 5,000m- 16:46.27

2010 | Freshman Year


  • Ran at the New Balance Invitational, taking ninth in the 5000m in 17:02.95
  • Placed third at the MWC Indoor Championships in the 5000m (17:22.91)


  • Began outdoor at the Stanford Invitational, placing 22nd in the 5000m (16:56.10)
  • Ran season best 5000m (16:46.27) at the Mt. Sac Relays
  • Won the 5000m (18:00.89) at the Wildcat Twilight
  • Competed at the NCAA West Preliminary in the 5000m, placing 34th in 17:35.56
  • Ran unattached at the Boise Invitational and placed third with a time of 10:06.29

2011 | Redshirt Year

  • Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons

2012 | Sophomore Year


  • Opened the season with an eighth place finish in the 3000m in 10:41.29 
  • Competed in the 5000m (18:10.81) at the Husky Classic


  • At the USC Invitational, placed fifth with a time of 17:21.84 in the 5000m

2013 | Junior Year


  • Began junior season with a second-place finish in the 3,000m with a time of 10:03.03 at the Blue and Orange Opener
  • Finished ninth in the Washington Invitational 5,000m with a time of 17:13.96
  • During the Husky Classic, finished 44th in the 5,000m with a time of 17:07.41
  • Concluded the indoor season with a 10th-place finish in the 5,000m with a time of 16:58.49 at the MPSF Indoor Championships


  • Opened the outdoor season with a fouth-place finish in the 5,000m with a time of 17:14.35 at the Sun Angel Classic
  • During the Mt. Sac Relays, placed second overall in the 10,000m with a time of 35.46.27