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Samantha Nielsen
Position: Distance
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Maplewood, Minn.
High School: Roseville Area
Experience: 1 Year

2014 Outdoor — Placed 14th in the 800 at the MVC Outdoor Championship ... finished ninth in the 800m in a personal best 2:15.22 at the Musco Invite ... seventh in the 800m at the Gateway Invite ... came in 18th in the 800 and 21st in the 1500 at the Duncan Invitational ... 2014 Indoor — Ran on fourth place distance medley relay at the MVC Indoor Championship ... took first in the 800m at the Iowa Invite with a time of 2:18.88 … seventh in the 800 at the Iowa State Classic ... finished third in the 600m in 1:38.23 at the Jack Jennett Invitational … placed sixth in the mile at the ISU Holiday Preview with a time of 5:17.29.

Prep — Was the Minnesota Class AA state champion in the 800 meters her senior year for Roseville High … named track captain and was team MVP … earned all-state academic honors … named the Pioneer Press Athlete of the Year … had the top 800-meter time in Minnesota her junior year and placed second at the state AA meet …won the AAU national championship in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters following her junior year … was a four-time all-state selection in the 800 meters … won a conference title in the 1,600 meters all four years of high school.

Personal — Psychology and pre-med/biology major ... named to the MVC Academic Honor Roll for 2013-14 ... daughter of Steve and Wendy Nielsen … youngest of four children…sister, Abby, played basketball at Valparaiso and Concordia University … has two brothers, Adam and Tad.

Personal Bests
600 - 1:38.23i

800 - 2:15.22
1500 - 5:05.69
Mile - 5:17.29