Kayla Nelson
Kayla  Nelson

RS Sophomore

Rush City, Minn.

High School:
Rush City HS




Gophers Back Among Nation's Top-10

Minnesota checks in at No. 10 in the USTFCCCA Week Four National Team Rankings


Ogunrinde Crushes Hammer Throw Record

No. 14 Minnesota rewrote the program's top-10 lists in the hammer throw and the heptathlon on Thursday


Gophers Begin Bryan Clay Heptathlon

No. 14 Minnesota began this week's competition on day one of the heptathlon at the Bryan Clay Invitational Multi on Wednesday


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


05.12.17 Women's Track at Big Tens

05.12.17 Women's Track at Big Tens


Kayla Nelson

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2018 Season - Indoor: Competed at two meets • scored 3,473 points to place sixth in the pentathlon at the SDSU Holiday Invite • recorded career bests in the 800m (2:26.86), 60m hurdles (9.38), high jump (1.60m, 5-03.00), and shot put (10.94m, 35-10.75) in the SDSU Holiday Invite pentathlon • competed in shot put (10.69m, 35-01.00) at the Parents Day Invite.

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 (2018 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 2:26.86 SDSU Holiday Open (12/1/17)
60m Hurdles 9.38 SDSU Holiday Open (12/1/17)
High Jump 1.60m, 5-03.00 SDSU Holiday Open (12/1/17)
Long Jump 5.23m, 17-02.00 Big Ten Championship (2/24/17)
Shot Put 10.94m, 35-10.75 SDSU Holiday Open (12/1/17)
Pentathlon 3,473 SDSU Holiday Open (12/1/17)
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)


Five More Gophers Advance

Five More Gophers Advance

5/25/2018 - W. Track & Field

Emma Spagnola, Emerald Egwim, Titania Markland, Agnes Esser, and Madeline Strandemo secured NCAA Championship berths on day two of the NCAA West Prelim.

Four Gophers Advance to NCAA Finals

Four Gophers Advance to NCAA Finals

5/25/2018 - W. Track & Field

Four Gophers punched their tickets to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship on day one of the NCAA West Prelim.

Going Pro: Emerald Egwim

Going Pro: Emerald Egwim

5/23/2018 - W. Track & Field

Women's track student-athlete Emerald Egwim has been preparing for life after athletics even before she ran for the Golden Gophers.

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