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Crystal Nelson
Position: Distance
Year: Senior
Hometown: Winchester, Va.
High School: Millbrook
Experience: 2 Letters
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Crystal Nelson
Release: 09/07/2012
Awards & Honors:
NCAA All-American: Cross Country (2013, 2014)
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
USTFCCCA Runner of the Week (Oct. 20, 2014)
Big 12 Runner of the Week (Oct. 1, 2013, Oct. 21, 2014)
FloRunner of the Week (Oct. 21, 2014)
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

Did not compete.

Indoor: Did not compete.

XC: Did not compete.

Did not compete.

Indoor: Did not compete.

XC: Opened the year ranked No. 12 on the Saucony FloRankings individual list and moved up to No. 8 after a third-place finish at the Roy Griak invitational ... posted the fastest 6K time by a Cyclone at the Griak meet in program history, clocking at 20:45 and leading the Cyclones to a second-place team finish ... continued to climb in the national rankings up to No. 3 after a title-winning performance at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational ... posted the third-fastest time in Wisconsin meet history, breaking the tape in 19:35, just four seconds off the course record ... garnered weekly awards from the USTFCCCA, Big 12 and Flotrack for Wisco-adidas performance ... ran to the Big 12 individual title at the conference championship, clocking a 6K time of 19:45.8 ... Iowa State’s second Big 12 champion in program history ... finished ahead of five nationally-ranked individuals at the conference championships, most notably Baylor’s Rachel Johnson ... led the Cyclone women to a 29-point team performance, the lowest team total at a conference meet since 2004 ... placed fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regional, crossing the line in-stride with teammate Katy Moen ... earned All-Midwest recognition, placing the top-25 individuals at the regional meet ... ranked No. 3 individually in the Saucony Flo50 poll entering the NCAA Championships ... placed 7th at the national championships, joining teammate Katy Moen on the All-America podium and making Iowa State the only team in the nation to place two individuals inside the race's top-10 ... clocked a 6K time of 20:08.5 at the NCAA meet ... led Iowa State to a runner-up team finish.

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 … management information systems major.

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