Shay Nielsen
Shay  Nielsen

RS Sophomore

Detroit Lakes, Minn.

High School:
Detroit Lakes HS



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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


Three More Gophers Earn NCAA Berths

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


Eighteen Gophers Advance to NCAA Prelim

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


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


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


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)


Groundbreaking for T&F Stadium Set for Friday


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


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

Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Elyse Prescott


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

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