Crystal Nelson earns National Athlete of the Week honors


Hayley Hochstetler/Iowa State Daily

Freshman Crystal Nelson crosses the finish line in first place with a time of 20:12, almost nine seconds ahead of the next closest time. The women’s team finished the meet with 39 points, winning their fourth-consecutive Midwest Regional meet. They will be competing at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Kyle Heim

ISU cross country runner Crystal Nelson was named the Division 1 Women’s National Athlete of the Week, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Associaion announced Monday.

Nelson’s most recent award arrives after her top-place performance at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational Oct. 17.

Nelson defeated three NCAA track champions and the winners of the Roy Griak, Battle in Beantown, Paul Short, and Washington Invitationals.

Nelson’s 19:35 time tied the fastest time ever for an ISU runner at the event. Her time was four seconds slower than the course record set by Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth last year.

Next on the schedule for Nelson and Iowa State is the Big 12 Championships at Kansas’s Rim Rock Farm Nov. 1.