UP CLOSE with Lindsey Sowards Nielson

Apr 09, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 4:16 pm | Updated: April 9, 2013 4:46 pm | Permalink

If anything else, distance runner Lindsey Sowards Nielson is a lover of all things Spanish. She's a Spanish major, her favorite movie is Nacho Libre, she would love to visit Peru and loves the Twilight series...but in Spanish.

The most unique aspect of her UP CLOSE story is she raised chickens like most people raise dogs...as pets. The chickens would even come to her and sit in her lap when she called to them. 

Height- 5-3

UP CLOSE with Deezbaa Whaley

Apr 04, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 4:16 pm | Updated: April 5, 2013 3:13 pm | Permalink

For Deezbaa Whaley, family is quite important. There is not anything she would rather do than be with family. Even coming to BYU is part of a long standing family tradition.

One thing you most likely do not know about her is her hidden talent as a Navajo Frybread maker. She also grew up on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. If your curiosity is peaked, keep on reading...

Height- 5-7

Major- Physical Education      

UP CLOSE with Allyson Anderson Wardell

Mar 12, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 2:24 pm | Updated: March 14, 2013 2:38 pm | Permalink

Allyson Anderson Wardell, the All-American javelin thrower from Billings, Mont., came to BYU three years ago due to the outstanding environment at BYU and her close family ties. Her tentative life plan consists of finishing school, becoming a surgical assistant, starting a family and coaching.

When she isn't on the field throwing, Allyson uses her hands for more delicate activities like sewing or crocheting. 

Height- 5-6

Major- Exercise Science

UP CLOSE with Kelsey Brown

Feb 28, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 2:18 pm | Updated: March 5, 2013 3:59 pm | Permalink

If you are a sucker for cookies, double fudge chocolate cake or apple pie, you should make Kelsey Brown one of your baking buddies. Baking is actually her hidden talent, and she even tries to bake something new every Sunday. 

Brown, a transfer from the University of Oklahoma, grew up in Orem and came back to Utah County not only for the great track program at BYU, but also with the hopes of becoming an athletic trainer for the Utah Jazz or a Jazz dancer.

UP CLOSE with Candace Eddy Carlisle

Feb 27, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 3:46 pm | Updated: February 27, 2013 4:17 pm | Permalink

When it comes to one thing Candace Eddy Carlisle would change or add to the BYU campus, she is all about practicality.

"I would definitely ask for cheaper and more reliable printing," she said. "Free would be nice."

The distance runner from Kaysville, Utah, also feels there are too many wonderful things in life to have just one favorite when it comes to movies, musicians, bands, etc.

Remember, this is not the end. Read more...

Height- 5-4 

UP CLOSE with Kelli Ehardt

Feb 20, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 2:59 pm | Updated: February 20, 2013 4:37 pm | Permalink

Despite the facts Kelli Ehardt is a student and an athlete at the present time, she has different asperations of what she wants to be in the future. In addition to becoming a wife and a mother, Kelli wants to become a fire fighter.

Another fun fact about Kelli is before signing with BYU, she did not really want to come here.

"I actually didn't want to come here, but after my recruiting trip, I really fell in love with the atmosphere and the standards that other schools didn't have to offer."

UP CLOSE with Sarah Yingling

Feb 08, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 5:22 pm | Updated: February 12, 2013 1:04 pm | Permalink

When asked where she would like to go if she had a time machine, junior distance runner Sarah Yingling said she would make her way back to the 50's. 

"Seriously," she said. "I just think I would love it. It's my style in everything: music, clothes and just life. I would even go to the Regency Period, like the time frame of Pride and Prejudice. I think it would be fun to try out that life style and those dresses."

UP CLOSE with Andrea Nelson Harrison

Feb 05, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 1:47 pm | Updated: February 5, 2013 1:53 pm | Permalink

Class- Junior

Height- 5' 6"

Hometown- Spokane, Washington

Major- Social science teaching; minor in physical education and coaching

Track and field events-  Indoor: 3K, 5K; Outdoor: Steeple chase

Reason for attending BYU...

UP CLOSE with Kathryn Vidmar

Jan 28, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 5:01 pm | Updated: January 28, 2013 5:02 pm | Permalink

Class- Senior 

Height- 5' 2"

Hometown- Trabuco Canyon, California

Major- Exercise and Wellness, Pre-nursing

Track and field events- 5k and 10k

Reason for attending BYU...

"I love the track team and knew it was a great program. I really wanted to see my potential running for such a great coach. I also have many family members that attend BYU as well."

UP CLOSE with Natalie Stewart

Jan 23, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 3:23 pm | Updated: February 8, 2013 5:29 pm | Permalink