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Crystal Nelson
Position: Distance
Year: Junior
Hometown: Winchester, Va.
High School: Millbrook
Experience: 2 Letters
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Crystal Nelson Bio
Courtesy: cyclones.com
Release: 09/07/2012
Awards & Honors:
NCAA All-American: Cross Country (2013)
All-Big 12: 10,000 (2013), Cross Country (2012, 2013)
NCAA All-Region: 2012
NCAA Midwest Regional Champion (2013)
NCAA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year
Female Big 12 Runner of the Week (Oct. 1, 2013)
1500m 4:23.40 2014 Outdoor
Mile 4:51.51 2013 Indoor
3000m 9:38.96 2013 Indoor
5000m 15:49.90 2014 Outdoor
1000m 35:47.50 2013 Outdoor

Outdoor: Ran in four competitions over the outdoor slate … opened the season with a PR of 15:49.90 in the Mt. SAC Relays 5000m to rank at No. 3 in program history … ran as a part of the No. 3 women’s 4x1600m relay team at the Drake Relays, helping the team to a 19:13.62 finish … one of five Cyclones to run sub-4:30 in the Payton Jordan Invitational 1500m, clocking a PR of 4:23.40.

Indoor: Did not compete in the indoor season.

Cross Country: Placed third individually at the Roy Griak Invitational, running the 6k race in 20:50 ... notched a second top-10 finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (6K), finishing in 20:02 ... Finished runner-up at the Big 12 Championships, running the 6K race in 19:49 ... Ran a 20:12 6K en route to becoming the 2013 NCAA Midwest Regional individual champion, earning the title of NCAA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year ... Garnered All-America status at the NCAA Championships, placing 32nd in 20:42.

Ran 17:17.22 in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA West Regional ... earned All-Big 12 Honors placing sixth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 35:47.50 at the Big 12 Championships, clocked a time of 17:17.09 in the 5,000-meter run ... ran a personal best time of 4:32.06 in the 1,500-meter run at the Mt. SAC Relays ... finished the 5,000-meter run in 16:31.16 at the Stanford Invite.

Indoor: Placed seventh in the 5,000-meter run in 16:42.97, clocked 9:40.03 in the 3,000-meter run at the Big 12 Championship meet ... ran a personal best time in the 5,000-meter run at the ISU Classic with a time of 16:37.84 ... placed fourth in the mile run at the ISU Open with a time of 4:51.51.

Cross Country: Competed at the NCAA Championships ... earned All-Region honors after placing among top finishers for the Cyclones at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet ... placed eighth at the Big 12 Championships ... clocked a time of 20:10.30 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invite ... finished fifth for the Cyclones placing in the top 25 at the Griak invite ... competed unattached placing fourth in the Cyclone Classic with a time of 18:04 in the 5,000-meter run.

Before Iowa State
Winner of Virginia state high school track and field championships in the 3,200 meters indoors … outdoor won both the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters at the state championship … holds personal bests  of 4:55.29 in the 1,600-meter run, 10:36 in the  3,200-meter run, 17:49 in the 5,000 meters and 2:12 in the 800 meters.

Born October 26, 1993 … daughter of Billy and Melanie Nelson … software engineering major.

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