Karisa Nelson Becomes Samford’s First NCAA Division I National Champion

Published on March 12, 2017 by Philip Poole  
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Samford University track and field standout Karisa Nelson made history at the NCAA indoor track and field championships, winning the mile and becoming the university’s first-ever NCAA Division 1 athletics national champion.

Her victory capped a historic indoor season for the women’s track and field team, which won the Southern Conference championship and finished 21st in the nation.

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ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.