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Ducks Track & Field BIO
Zoe Nelson
Player Profile:
Zoe Nelson 32831
Position: Distance
Other Position: Foot Locker National Champ (XC)
Height: 5'1"
Year: Senior
City/State: Kalispell, Mont.
High School: Flathead
Experience: High School

A five-time Pac-10 Championships scorer in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Was the team’s No. 5 runner at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Also a three-time outdoor NCAA Regional qualifier at 5,000 meters. Indoors, stands sixth all-time for Oregon in the 5,000 meters. As a prep, was a Foot Locker national cross country champion as a sophomore in the fall of 2002.

2008-09: NCAA Regional qualifier. Outdoors - Saw five races at 5,000 meters. Set an outdoor personal best in the 5,000 with her fourth-place finish at the Twilight Meet in 16:47.01. Was a Pac-10 qualifier in both the 5,000 and the 10,000. Wrapped season with an 18th-place finish in the 5,000 at the NCAA West Regional (17:15.35). Pac-10 all-academic second team. Cross Country - Capped final cross country season in style as Oregon’s No. 5 finisher at the NCAA Championships, and was a key performer in Oregon’s second consecutive NCAA runner-up finish. Was also the Ducks’ fifth runner at the NCAA West Regional, where she was 27th overall (20:48.98), as well as the Pac-10 Championships, where she ran 16th overall (20:41.91). Placed fourth at the Mike Hodges Invitational (17:29). Pac-10 All-Academic Cross Country honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - 5,000 Meters - 16:47.01 (PR), Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/9/09).

2007-08: A Pac-10 scorer in both the 10,000 and 5,000 meters who set PR’s at five different distances as a junior. NCAA Regional qualifier at 5,000 meters. Had best finish yet in the Pac-10 10,000 meters with a fourth-place showing in 37:36.01. Also scored a point with her eighth place finish in the 5,000 meters, helping the Ducks reach 100 points for the first time in 12 years. First two personal bests came during the indoor season. Ran a PR 9:39.56 in the 3,000 meters at the Husky Classic before tearing off a PR 16:35.18 in the 5,000 meters at the MPSF Championships, where she finished fourth. That time is the sixth-best indoor mark in school history. Outdoors, clocked a personal-best 34:50.59 in the 10,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays in April, before she set a PR in the 1,500 meters of 4:28.38 at the Oregon Twilight in May. Ran an outdoor 5,000 PR of 16:49.40 in finishing fourth at the Pepsi Team Invite. In the fall, ranked top-six for the NCAA runner-up cross country team at the NCAA, West Region (33rd, 21:18) and Pac-10 (24th, 20:56) Championships. Led Ducks twice in early season stops in the Sunriver Open (first, 16:57) and Mike Hodges Invitational (fourth, 17:24). USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field first team. Pac-10 All-Academic second team for track and field and honorable mention in cross country. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:28.38 (PR), Oregon Twilight, Eugene (5/9/08); 5,000 Meters - 16:49.40 (PR), Pepsi Team Invite, Eugene, Ore. (4/5/08); 10,000 Meters - 34:50.59 (PR), Mt. SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif. (4/17/08). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 9:39.56 (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/16/08); 5,000 Meters - 16:35.18 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/08).

2006-07: Pac-10 scorer at 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Indoors, ran season best in the 3,000 meters to finish ninth in Mountain Pacific Championships. In fall, ran in squad’s top-three in all five cross country races. Led UO and claimed All-Pac-10 second team honor (14th) in Pac-10 Championships, then closed season as Ducks’ third finisher in West Regional (37th). Pac-10 All-Academic Track and Field honoree and an honorable mention selection in cross country. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:29.24, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/5/07); 5,000 Meters - 16:50.42, Pac-10 Championships, Stanford, Calif. (5/13/07); 10,000 Meters - 36:22.18, Pac-10 Championships, Stanford, Calif. (5/12/07). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 9:47.41, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/24/07).

2005-06: Pac-10 scorer at 10,000 meters. Scored in 10,000 meter debut in the Pac-10 Championships (eighth, 36:14.11). Ranked first on team in the 5,000 meters. Also ran the 5,000 at the Pac-10 meet (ninth, 17:08.60) and West Regional (seventh, 17:30.33). In cross country, stood second on team in the Pac-10 (16th) and West Regional (19th), and helped Ducks to third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively. Led harrier unit in the first two races of the season - the Pier Park Preview (first) and Willamette Invitational (fourth). Competed in 2006 USA Junior Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park (11th). Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:28.55, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/5/06); 5,000 Meters - 16:50.60, Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (3/31/06); 10,000 Meters - 36:14.11, Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/13/06). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 9:49.71, Husky Collegiate Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (2/11/06).

Prep: Won Foot Locker national cross country title as a sophomore, and added top-10 national finishes as a junior (eighth) and senior (eighth). Won Montana 2A state 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter titles as a sophomore and junior, then tripled as a senior with wins at 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Also added an eighth state track title in the 4x400 meter relay as a junior in 2004.  Class valedictorian thanks to her 4.0 GPA.

Personal: General science major.

Personal Bests
1,500 Meters - 4:28.38,
Oregon Twilight,
Eugene, Ore., 5/9/08
5,000 Meters - 16:35.18 (i),
MPSF Championships,
Seattle, Wash., 3/1/08
10,000 Meters - 34:50.59,
Mt. SAC Relays,
Walnut, Calif., 4/17/08
3,000 Meters - 9:39.56 (i),
Husky Classic,
Seattle, Wash., 2/16/08

NCAA West Regional Performances
2009 - 5,000 Meters, 18th, 17:15.34
2008 - 5,000 Meters, 10th, 16:58.96
2007 - 5,000 Meters, 11th, 16:53.98
2006 - 5,000 Meters, 7th, 17:30.33

Pac-10 Championships Performances
2009 - 5,000 Meters, 25th, 17:48.80
2009 - 10,000 Meters, 15th, 37:38.64
2008 - 5,000 Meters, 8th, 17:06.07
2008 - 10,000 Meters, 4th, 37:36.01
2007 - 5,000 Meters, 6th, 16:50.42
2007 - 10,000 Meters, 7th, 36:22.18
2006 - 5,000 Meters, 9th, 17:08.60
2006 - 10,000 Meters, 8th, 36:14.11

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