Shay Nielsen
Shay  Nielsen

Class:
RS Sophomore

Hometown:
Detroit Lakes, Minn.

High School:
Detroit Lakes HS

Event:
Throws

Birthdate:
08/21/1996

Experience:
1 Letter


05/27/2017

Spagnola Makes It Six

Emma Spagnola punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships in the 100m hurdles as the sixth Gopher to advance through the NCAA West Prelim

05/26/2017

Three More Gophers Earn NCAA Berths

Emerald Egwim, Taylor Wiebke, and Madeline Strandemo each punched their tickets to the NCAA Championship Friday

05/18/2017

Eighteen Gophers Advance to NCAA Prelim

Minnesota's 18 representatives have secured 22 qualifications in 11 different events at the NCAA West Prelim

05/14/2017

Gophers Finish as B1G Runner-Up

Emerald Egwim won the 400m to lead the Golden Gophers on day three of the Big Ten Championship Sunday

04/22/2017

Gophers Win Team Crown at KU Relays

Minnesota won 10 event titles to edge host Kansas for the team title at the KU Relays Quadrangular Saturday

05/31/2016

Shay Nielsen

Photos of track & field student-athlete Shay Nielsen

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2017 Season - Indoor: Competed in the shot put at six meets • placed fourth in shot put at the Big Ten Championship with a career-best throw of 15.85m (52-00.00) to move into seventh among all-time Gophers.

2017 Season - Outdoor: Named Academic All-Big Ten • competed in the shot put at seven meets • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in shot put, placing 22nd with her second-best mark of the season at 15.34m (50-04.00) • placed 18th at the Big Ten Championship (13.75m, 45-01.50) • recorded a career-best mark of 15.81m (51-10.25) at the Sun Angel Classic to move into a tie for sixth among all-time Gophers.

2016 Season - Indoor: Competed unattached at five meets.

2016 Season - Outdoor: Competed unattached at five meets.

High School: A 2015 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School where she competed for coach Mike Labine in track & field • six-year track & field letterwinner • a standout three-sport athlete for the Lakers who was a two-time All-Midstate Conference honoree and a four-year letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball • five-time Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championship participant, competing in the shot put as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior and the discus as a junior • state runner-up in the shot put as a senior (44-00.5) and third-place finisher as a junior (41-11.25) • placed 10th in the discus (120-11) as a junior • three-time all-state honoree • four-time academic all-state honoree • five-time All-Midstate Conference honoree and a five-time conference champion in the shot put and a three-time conference champion in the discus • owns Detroit Lakes High School records in the indoor shot put (45-05) and the outdoor shot put (44-11.75) • high school personal best in the discus is 129-08.

Personal: Born August 21, 1996 • daughter of Mindy and Rob Nielsen • has three siblings, Jay, Ally and Kensie • intends to major in elementary education/special education • mother (volleyball, softball) and father (football) were both college athletes at the University of North Dakota • enjoys spending time on the lake and hanging out with friends • 1,000-point scorer, Midstate Conference MVP and Miss Basketball nominee for the Lakers who is an all-time top-10 career scorer at Detroit Lakes High School and holds school records for career rebounds, single-season rebounds and single-season points • National Honor Society member • A honor roll student.

Nielsen's Indoor Career Bests (2017 Final)
Event Mark (All-Time Rank) Meet (Date)
Shot Put 15.85m, 52-00.00 (AT-7th) Big Ten Championship (2/24/17)
Weight Throw 13.18m, 43-03.00 (UA) Minnesota Open (1/16/16)
Nielsen's Outdoor Career Bests (2017 Final)
Event Mark (All-Time Rank) Meet (Date)
Shot Put 15.81m, 51-10.25 (AT-T6th) Sun Angel Classic (4/8/17)
Javelin 35.76m, 117-04 (UA) Janis Rider Invitational (4/30/16)
Hammer Throw 40.33m, 132-04 (UA) Meet of the Un-Saintly (5/7/16)

MORE HEADLINES

Groundbreaking for T&F Stadium Set for Friday

10/17/2017

The University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics will break ground on the new outdoor track & field facility on Friday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. CT.

Freshman Friday: Molly Roach

10/13/2017

Get to know Gophers rookie Molly Roach, a mid-distance runner from Bloomington, Minn.

Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Elyse Prescott

10/10/2017

Sophomore Elyse Prescott checks in before the Gophers travel to the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this week.

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