Mike Nielson And Tiffany Strickland Head To NCAA Track
June 6, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Mike Nielson and Tiffany Strickland will compete in the NCAA Track and Field Championships slated for Sacramento, Calif. June 5-8.
Nielson, a senior from Bellevue, Wash. will run in the 5,000 meters, while Strickland, a junior from Orem, Utah, will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Preliminaries for both events will take place on Wednesday evening.
Nielson earned an at-large selection into the field based on his time of 13:56.76 set on April 23. That time is the 18th best time in the event. Nielson had finished eighth at the NCAA West Regional with a time of 14:03.83. He is the school record holder in this event.
Strickland was an automatic qualifier as she finished third in the steeplechase at the NCAA West Regional with a time of 10:21.20. That mark is also a school record. Strickland won the Big West Conference title in the steeplechase earlier this year.
Finals for the steeplechase will take place on Friday, while the 5,000 meter finals will be run on Saturday.
Mike Nielson Senior, Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue HS)
o 5,000 - (13:56.76) o At-large selection based on his time of 13:56.76 set on April 23 o Ranked 18th in the field
o Finished eighth at the NCAA West Regional (14:03.83). o School record holder in the 5,000 (13:56.76). o Also holds the school record in the 10,000. o Finished fifth at the Big West in both the 1,500 (3:48.74) and 5,000 (14:42.86). o WAC Indoor 3,000 champion (8:25.54). o Finished fourth in the WAC Indoor Mile (4:13.74). o Big West champion in the 1,500 and 5,000 in 2002. o Was Big West track athlete of the week this season. o Academic all-Big West selection.
Tiffany Strickland Junior, Orem, Utah (Mountain View HS)
o Steeplechase - (10:21.20) o Automatic qualifier as she was third at NCAA West Regional (10:21.20) o Ranked 16th in the field
o School record holder in this event (10:21.20).
o Big West Steeplechase champion (10:30.60) this spring.
o Was sixth in the 3,000 at the WAC Indoor championships (10:02.15).
o Finished 29th at the NCAA West Regional in this event in 2004 (11:46.77).
o Was USU's top finisher in the NCAA West Regional.