Kayla Nelson
Kayla  Nelson

RS Sophomore

Rush City, Minn.

High School:
Rush City HS




Gophers Win Seven Titles at SDSU

Minnesota got an early start to the 2018 season on the road in Brookings, S.D., Friday night


Strandemo Wins B1G 3,000m Steeplechase

Minnesota remains in the lead after the second day of competition at the Big Ten Championship


Gophers Lead B1G Day One

Temi Ogunrinde won the hammer throw and Cami Gilson finished third in the pole vault to lead the Gophers on day one


Gophers Win Nine Titles at Macalester

Members of the Gopher women's track & field team competed locally at Macalester's Janis Rider Invitational on Saturday


Sabin, Ogunrinde Win at KU Relays

The Gophers picked up titles in the shot put and hammer throw on day two of the Kansas Relays Thursday


05.12.17 Women's Track at Big Tens

05.12.17 Women's Track at Big Tens


Kayla Nelson

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2017 Season - Indoor: Competed at six meets, including three appearances in the pentathlon • scored a career-best 3,413 points to place 11th in the pentathlon at the Big Ten Championship • posted career bests in high jump (1.59m, 5-02.50), long jump (5.23m, 17-02.00), and shot put (10.42m, 34-02.25) during the B1G pentathlon • ran a career-best 2:27.99 in the 800m during the pentathlon at the SDSU Holiday Open • ran a career-best 9.50 in the 60m hurdles to place 12th at the Parents Day Invite • ran a career-best 1:39.61 in the 600m at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual.

2017 Season - Outdoor: Competed at six meets, including two appearances in the heptathlon • recorded career-best marks in all seven heptathlon events • scored a career-best 4,515 in the heptathlon at the Kansas Relays • competed in the heptathlon at the Big Ten Championship, but did not finish • set career-bests in the 200m (25.26), 100m hurdles (15.45), and shot put (10.57m, 34-08.25) during the Kansas Relays heptathlon • recorded career bests in the 800m (2:25.78) and javelin (25.12m, 82-05) at the Hamline Twilight • cleared a career-best 1.58m (5-02.25) in high jump at the Janis Rider Invitational • recorded a career-best mark of 4.99m (16-04.50) in the long jump at the Bulls Invitational • jumped 5.18m (17-00.00) with a +4.1 wind in long jump at the Kansas Relays Quadrangular.

2016 Season - Indoor: Competed unattached at six meets.

2016 Season - Outdoor: Competed unattached at four meets.

High School: A 2015 graduate of Rush City High School where she ran for coach Mike Vaughan and assistant coaches Erika Matzke, Mark Bingham, Kirsten Bjork and James Monson • nine-time All-Great River Conference honoree in the 100m (2014), 200m (2012, 2014, 2015), 400m (2012, 2014, 2015) and high jump (2012, 2014) • named two-time Great River Conference Track MVP (2012, 2014) • earned all-state honors in the 400m by placing third at the 2012 Minnesota Class A State Championship • five-time participant at the Minnesota Class A state meet, including qualifying in the 100m (13.10), 200m (27.36) and 400m (58.42 for fifth place) as a junior • member of Rush City’s 11th-place 4x800m relay team as a senior (9:53.07) and the school’s program-record holding 4x800m relay team at 9:48.05 • six-year letterwinner in track & field • three-time academic all-state honoree • a versatile competitor with high school personal-best marks in the 100m (12.78, 2014), 200m (26.64, 2014), 400m (58.33, 2014), high jump (4-10, 2012, 2014, 2015), shot put (29-6, 2013) and 800m (2:24, 2015) • a multi-sport athlete for Rush City HS who earned three letters in basketball and two in volleyball in addition to six in track & field • served as football statistician • played volleyball and basketball in summer leagues, JO volleyball and fall league basketball.

Personal: Born October 23, 1996 • daughter of Mark and Carrie Nelson • is a triplet with brothers Kevin and Kyle • major is Nutrition • enjoys playing piano, cooking, travelling and hanging out with friends and family.

Nelson's Indoor Career Bests (2017 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
400m 1:00.62 (UA) St. Thomas Showcase (2/12/16)
600m 1:39.61 Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/21/17)
800m 2:27.99 SDSU Holiday Open (12/2/16)
60m Hurdles 9.50 Parents Day Open (2/18/17)
High Jump 1.59m, 5-02.50 Big Ten Championship (2/24/17)
Long Jump 5.23m, 17-02.00 Big Ten Championship (2/24/17)
Shot Put 10.42m, 34-02.25 Big Ten Championship (2/24/17)
Pentathlon 3,413 Big Ten Championship (2/24/17)
Nelson's Outdoor Career Bests (2017 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
200m 25.26 Kansas Relays (4/19/17)
800m 2:25.78 Hamline Twilight (4/12/17)
100m Hurdles 15.45 Kansas Relays (4/19/17)
Long Jump 4.99m, 16-04.50 Bulls Invitational (3/17/17)
High Jump 1.58m, 5-02.25 Janis Rider Invite (4/29/17)
Shot Put 10.57m, 34-08.25 Kansas Relays (4/19/17)
Javelin 25.12m, 82-05 Hamline Twilight (4/12/17)
Heptathlon 4,515 Kansas Relays (4/19-20/17)


Gophers Rewrite Weight Throw Top-10

Gophers Rewrite Weight Throw Top-10

2/17/2018 - W. Track & Field

Gophers Kaitlyn Long, Agnes Esser, and Nayoka Clunis recorded the top-three weight throw marks in program history Saturday.

Alum Omeoga Set for Olympic Debut

Alum Omeoga Set for Olympic Debut

2/16/2018 - W. Track & Field

Gophers alumna Akuoma Omeoga will compete at the Winter Olympic Games as a member of Nigeria's bobsleigh team.

Gophers to Celebrate Seniors

Gophers to Celebrate Seniors

2/15/2018 - W. Track & Field

Minnesota will honor its senior class during the Parents Day Invite at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse on Saturday.

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