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Meaghan Nelson
Position: Distance
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
High School: Xavier
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Nelson Photos
Meaghan Nelson
Courtesy: cyclones.com
Release: 09/15/2008

Awards & Honors:
Academic All-American: Second Team (2013)
USTFCCCA Academic All-American: 2011
All-Region: Midwest (2012, 2013)
2013 Big 12 Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year
Academic All-Big 12: First Team (2013, 2012, 2010, 2009)
All-American: 5,000m (2012: Indoor & Outdoor), Cross Country (2012, 2011)
All-Big 12: 10,000m (2013), 5,000m (2013, 2012), 3,000m (2013, 2012), Cross Country (2011, 2012), 3,000m Steeplechase (2010)

2012-2013: OUTDOOR: Second Team Academic All-American as named by Capital One and CoSIDA ... Big 12 nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year ... Academic All Big-12 First Team ... placed 11th in the 10,000-meter run at the USA Championships with a time of 33:39.62 ... finished 16th in the 10,000m at the NCAA Championships in 34:46.70 ... ninth in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA West Regional with at ime of 35:04.96 and 14th in the 5,000-meter run in 16:26.43 ... earned All-Big 12 Honors after winning the 10,000-meter run in 35:05.38 at the Big 12 Championships, earned third in the 5,000-meter run with 16:16.34 ... ran the 10,000-meter run in a time of 33:05.71 at the Payton Jordan Invite ... finished the 5,000-meter run in 15:51.63 at the Stanford Invite ... INDOOR: Set a personal best time in the 5,000-meter run with 16:10.64, placed second in the 3,000-meter run with 9:17.70 a the Big 12 Championship meet ... finished third in the 5,000-meter run at the ISU Classic with a time of 15:51.89 ... placed fourth in the mile run at the ISU Open with a time of 4:49.53. XC: Earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year finishing among the top 20 at the NCAA Championships ... earned All-Region honors after placing among top finishers for the Cyclones at the NCAA Midwest Region meet ... earned first team Academic All-Big 12 honors ... finished second with a time of 20:10.2 at the Big 12 Championships ... clocked 19:45 finishing fourth at the Wisconsin Adidas Invite ... placed second at the Griak invite with a time of 20:59.2 outrunning 112 other runners.

2011-2012: OUTDOOR: Placed fourth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:47.43 at the NCAA Championships ... earned sixth place in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 34:06.79 at the NCAA West Preliminary ... placed 13th in the 10,000-meter run at the Payton Jordan Invite with a time of 32:14.27, joining in 17th place the world leaders in the 10,000-meter run.  INDOOR: Fourth-place finish in the 5000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championshps earning All-America honors for the second time ... earned All-Big 12 honors finishing third in the 3000 and 5000-meter runs at the Big 12 Indoor Championships ... ran a personal best mark in the 5000-meter run (15:51.89) at the ISU Classic, qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships ... posted a personal best mark in the 3000-meter run of 9:16.11 at the Big 12 Championships. XC: Earned All-America honors for the first time finishing 17th at the NCAA Championships ... earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors ... earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors ... named Big 12 Runner of the Week October 18 ... earned All-Region honors finishing fourth at the NCAA Midwest Regional ... runner-up at the Big 12 Championships, earning All-Big 12 honors as Iowa State's top finisher ... was the top Iowa State finisher at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, placing ninth ... finished 13th at the Roy Griak Invitational.

2010-2011: OUTDOOR: Redshirted the outdoor season ... competing unattached, won the 5,000-meter run at the Drake Relays. INDOOR: Finished 12th in the 5,000-meter run (16:45.73) at the Big 12 Indoor Championships … won the 3,000-meter run in a personal best time (9:42.75) at the ISU Open … ran a personal best time in the 5,000-meter run at the ISU Classic (16:35.03). XC: Injured during the cross country season.

2009-2010: OUTDOOR: Named Academic All-Big 12 Track & Field Team … competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:05.20) at the NCAA West Regional Championships … eighth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:39.11) at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, a personal best … competed in the 5,000-meters (17:12.80) at the Mount Sac Relays, setting a personal record … ninth-place finish in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:52.45) at the Stanford Invitational. XC: Earned Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country First-Team honors ... competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships (22:02) … competed at the Big 12 Championships (22:34) … competed at the Pre Nationals Invitational (21:50) … competed at the Roy Griak Invitational (22:25) on the 6,000-meter Les Bolstad Golf Course.

2008-2009: OUTDOOR: Finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run (17:30.55) at the USA Junior Championships ... 17th-place finish in the 5,000-meter run (17:42.88) at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships ... set a personal record in the 5,000-meter run at the Mount Sac Relays with a time of 17:16.34. INDOOR: 15th-place finish in the 3,000-meter run (9:47.25) at the Big 12 Indoor Championships ... finished 16th in the 5,000-meter run (17:16.68) at the ISU Classic. XC: Finished 35th out of 187 competitors at the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country Championship (22:01) ... placed 33rd at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships (24:15) on the ISU 6,000-meter course ... finished 5th at the Bradley Classic (22:37) ... placed 49th at the Roy Griak Invitational (22:37) ... running unattached, finished 21st at the ISU Open (23:07).

Before Iowa State: Helped team to win first in 2006 State Cross Country meet ... personal bests in the 1,500-meter run (4:52) and the 3,000-meter run (10:40) ... took second place in 2005 Iowa state cross country meet ... first place in 2006 state cross country meet ... earned second place in the 1,500-meter run at the 2008 state track meet ... fourth place in the 3,000-meter run at the 2008 state track meet.

Personal: Born February 12, 1990 ... daughter of Gregg and Kate Nelson ... kinesiology major.

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