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2019 NCAA Women's Distance Prelims: NCAA Champions Karisa Nelson & Danae Rivers

Today's world talks about the competition, the challenge, the passion, and the hard work, those who are able to go through all the principles are the actual world inspiration and champions. Talking about the champions, the recent news that blew all the minds out was the event of "NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships", held on June 2019.

Getting the name out of the NCAA champions 'Karisa Nelson' of Samford and 'Danae Rivers' of Penn State on Star list of the championship, made the heartbeat fast of all the fans and fellow members.

The champions, Nelson, and Rivers gave their best to make their way up to the finals of the championship and again saved their name in the history of the NCAA alive.

Counting the DMR, Oregon’s 'Jessica Hull', Colorado’s 'Dani Jones', and Boise State’s 'Allie Ostrander', already claimed three NCAA titles, before as well. All three women enter as favorites in their main event.

NCAA indoor record holder 'Jazmine Fray' of Texas has the fastest PR and fastest time in 2019. 

Karisa Nelson Career


Karisa Nelson: NCAA Champion?

Samford distance runner and field athlete, Karisa Nelson successfully qualified for the NCAA Track a Field Championships in the women's 1500-meter race. Looking back on her incredible accomplishment, Nelson was confident entering the race held at Austin, Texas on June 6th, 2019.

Nelson returned back to the NCAA Championships, where she became the Samford’s first NCAA Division I national champion, winning the title in the indoor mile as a junior.  However, this time she came to a close on Thursday night with a 15th place finish in the semifinals of the women's 1500-meter run.

Counting all her accomplishments, Nelson's finish inside the top sixteen makes her a "2019 Second-Team All-American".

Further, being an athlete wasn't enough for her to grow as she graduated with a degree in biochemistry. 

Samford's Nelson, the 2017 NCAA mile champion and 2019 NCAA indoor mile runner-up, was the only person who didn't make the final. And this year was the end of her NCAA career.  However, she said she was looking more forward to her pro-career in the race.

Karisa Nelson, born on June 12, 1996, is the daughter of Scott and Pauline Nelson. She has one brother, Brandon and three sisters, Amber, Katie and Allie.

Danae Rivers Career


Danae Rivers: NCAA Indoor Champion?

The Penn State star, Danae Rivers walked up to the race with all her confidence and believe, however, unfortunately, this time, Rivers couldn't make her way up to the finals.

The NCAA indoor champion, Rivers got eliminated getting the fourth position in heat 2.

Rivers ran for 800 competition, where her tactics were taken as a potential problem area in the NCAA, and it reared its head that day as she had to go home straight after being boxed in on the bell.

She is really a raw big talent who needs to learn to race better using the technique if one day she wants to see herself at the professional level. 

Danae Rivers, born on February 3, 1998, is the daughter of David and Andrea Rivers. She has two siblings: Andrew and Leah Rivers.

2019 NCAA Women’s Distance Prelims: NCAA Champions Karisa Nelson & Danae Rivers

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  • June 9, 2019