Published on March 12, 2017 by Philip Poole  
Karisa Nelson

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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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.