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 Christian university. 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, and Samford is recognized as the top-ranked university in the state of Alabama in national rankings published by Forbes Inc, The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states and 30 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.