JUNIOR (2012) Competed in six of UVU's seven events on the season ... was UVU's top finisher in five of those six races ... claimed the top spot at the Great West Conference Championships with a time of 24:59.00 ... Placed seventh overall (19:02.91) at the season-opening Utah State Aggie Invitational ... finished 10th (20:25.80) at the BYU Autumn Classic ... placed 13th (25:06.00) at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis ... posted a time of 23:59.80 at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, finishing 43rd ... his time of 30:21.40 was good enough for 16th place at the NCAA Mountain Regional.
SOPHOMORE (2011) Led UVU in every race in 2011 season ... Placed 7th overall (22:34.5) at the Wyoming Invitational ... Finished 13th overall (25:25.00) at the Montana State Invitational ... Finished 45th overall (25:02) at the Stanford Invitational ... Placed fifth overall (19:20.07) at the SUU Invitational ... Placed third (25:23.34) at the Great West Conference Championships ... Finished 55th overall (32:09.6) at the NCAA West Regional.
FRESHMAN (2010) Placed 34th (NS) at the Wyoming Invitational (24:41.8)...Placed 15th overall (7th for UVU) at the SUU Invitational (26:44.70)...Placed 83rd overall (NS) at the Ray Griak (27:23); Finished 67th overall (3rd for UVU) at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., (31:58.6)...Placed 17th overall (5th for UVU) in the Wolverines' repeat at the Great West Conference championships (24:52.76)...Placed 225 overall (NS) at the NCAA Mountain Regionals (27:02.1).
Before Utah Valley... Three-time cross country and track MVP...Holds high school records in the 800m, 1600m, 3200m and 4x800 relay...Two-time Section VI cross country champion...All Western New York Runner of the Year...Team won back-to-back league and section titles...Graduated from Gowanda HS in 2010 with a 3.7 GPA...Also lettered in wrestling...Plans to major in exercise science...Also recruited by BYU, Buffalo, Cal...Son of Spencer Nielson and Denise Hoca.