Jackets record four top-five finishes
Yellow Jackets compete in Birmingham for second straight weekend
Indoor: Finished seventh in the 3,000 meters with a career-best time of 10:07.35 at the Samford University Invitational. Outdoor: Logged a career-best in the 1,500 meters in a time of 5:41.44 at the Yellow Jacket Invite … Ran a PR in the 5,000 meters (17:13.37) at the Penn Relays.
2014 Cross Country:
Competed in four meets ... Recorded a 5K time of 18:52 at the Florida Mountain Dew Invitational ... Placed 31st out of 161 runners at the Upstate Invitational, crossing the line in 18:53 ... Had her best performance of the season at the Crimson Classic, finishing with a time of 18:44.
Indoor: Placed third in the 5,000 meters at the Southern Miss Cupid Classic in a time of 18:18.19. Outdoor: Ran to a career-best time of 4:46.40 in the 1,500 meters at the Georgia Invite ... Finished third in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:50.82 at the Tiger Classic ... Improved that time to a personal-best 17:31.87 for fourth place at the Georgia Tech Invite.
2013 Cross Country:
Ran a season-best 5K in 20:08 at the Louisville Classic ... Also ran a season-best 6K at the Furman Classic in 24:26.
Indoor: Ran a season-best 3,000-meter time of 11:00.77 at the Auburn Invite ... Recorded a personal-best 5K time of 18:43.51 at the Samford Invite. Outdoor: Logged an outdoor 5K season-best time of 19:16.64 at the Alabama Relays ... Ran her best 3,000 meters of the season (11:05.76) at the Auburn Classic.
2012 Cross Country:
Did not compete.
Indoor: Did not compete. Outdoor: Ran the 5,000 meters in a season-best 18:49.52 at the Yellow Jacket Invite ... Raced to a time of 10:59.11 in the 3,000 meters at the Tiger Track Relays.
2011 Cross Country:
Turned in a season-best 5K performance at the Charlotte Invitational, finishing 88th out of 260 competitors with a time of 19:01.19 ... Ran her best 6K of the season at the Clemson Invitational with a time of 24:47.83 ... Opened the 2012 season with a 5K time of 20:06.14 at the UGA Invite.
A four-year letterwinner in cross country and track at Niceville and at Havelock High School in Havelock, N.C. ... Earned the honor of team captain on both the Niceville track and cross country teams ... Ran in the Foot Locker Championships and was on the second state team ...Set the Niceville school record in the 4x1600- and 4x800 -meter relays ... Finished third in her class with a 4.69 GPA ... President of the National Honor Society and played trumpet in the marching band.
Full name is Laura E Nelson ... Born on April 21, 1993 in Corpus Christie, Texas ... Parents are Chad and Liz Nelson ... Brother is Matthew ... Hobbies include singing, playing the trumpet and swimming ... Most memorable non-athletic accomplishment was speaking at her high school graduation ... Majors in biomedical engineering.