Kayla Nelson
Kayla  Nelson

Class:
RS Sophomore

Hometown:
Rush City, Minn.

High School:
Rush City HS

Event:
Multi/Sprints

Birthdate:
10/23/1996


05/13/2017

Strandemo Wins B1G 3,000m Steeplechase

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

05/12/2017

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

04/29/2017

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

04/20/2017

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

04/19/2017

Nelson Fifth After Heptathlon Day One

Kayla Nelson is in fifth place after day one competition in the heptathlon at the Kansas Relays

05/12/2017

05.12.17 Women's Track at Big Tens

05.12.17 Women's Track at Big Tens

05/31/2016

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)

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